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Sharon M. Ballenger, 75, of Council Bluffs, Iowa, passed away March 29, 2013, at Jennie Edmundson Hospital.
Sharon was born Dec. 22, 1937, in Stamford, Texas, to Jesse and Leola (Herron) Tucker. She graduated high school in Rule, Texas, in 1956 and earned a degree in elementary education from Hardin-Simmons University in 1960.
On Feb. 14, 1960, Sharon was united in marriage with William A. Ballenger. To this union three children were born. Sharon furthered her education at U.N.O., earning her masterâ€™s degree in counseling in 1976.
In addition to being a loving wife and mother, Sharon was a mental health therapist, owning Counseling for the 90s and was a guidance counselor for Roncalli and Marian high schools in Omaha, as well as Abraham Lincoln High School in Council Bluffs.
She was recognized professionally by the governor of Nebraska for her work in mental health and counseling and received many awards for her years of leadership and service.
Sharon was a member of First Baptist Church, youth group leader; member of PEO and Service League.
In addition to her parents, Sharon was preceded by her infant son and stepfather, Willard Cox.
Sharon is survived by her husband of 53 years, William A. â€śBillâ€ť Ballenger; son, Jeff Ballenger and wife Cristy, all of Council Bluffs; daughter, Carrie Conley and husband Mike of Coahoma, Texas; grandchildren, Liz and Megan Conley, Jonathan, Alexis and Nicolas Ballenger; brothers, E.A. â€śSonnyâ€ť Bounds and wife Ann of Canyon Lake, Texas, and Steve Cox and wife Darla of Abilene, Texas; and many nieces and nephews.
Visitation with the family will be held from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m. Wednesday at Cutler-Oâ€™Neill-Meyer-Woodring Funeral Home in Council Bluffs. Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday at First Baptist Church with the Rev. David Bender officiating.
Interment will be in Cedar Lawn Cemetery with a lunch following at First Baptist Church.
Memorials are suggested to First Baptist Church or Youth Program at First Baptist Church, 540 First Ave., Council Bluffs, Iowa 51503.