Nadine DeWitt Ballus died May 29, 2012 in Mountain View, California; she was 89. Nadine was born to parents Lois Nadine Barnes and Dean DeWitt in Columbus, Ohio, and raised in Upper Arlington, Ohio with her younger brother, Donn. She attended Miami University at Oxford, Ohio, where she met the love of her life, Robert Frederick Ballus, her husband of over 67 years.
Nadine, nicknamed Dee Dee, worked as a secretary during WWII while Bob served in the Navy. As a child Dee Dee spent summers in Eastern Washington, at Lake Chelan, and was happy to move west to Seattle with her husband in 1946. After several years in Seattle the couple moved to Los Altos, and raised their three children, Jeffrey, Patricia (Schoknecht), and Pamela. These were very happy and active years for Nadine as she served as a member of the Federated Women’s Club and volunteered at the Children’s Health Council. She was an avid bridge player and knitter. While Nadine was fortunate enough to travel the world, one of her favorite weeks of every year was taking off to the Sierras with three of her dearest friends for what became known as “summer camp.”
Nadine and Robert also lived in Chicago and Palm Desert, where Nadine took up golf, but her heart always belonged to the Bay Area. In 2005 the couple moved to Saratoga, much to Nadine’s delight.
Along with her husband and three children, she leaves five grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. A small family celebration of her life is planned for later this summer. Should you feel so inclined, please consider a donation to curealz.org.