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Mary Isabel (Holt) Ballew

November 8, 1920 — January 24, 2021


Mary Isabel Holt Balllew, age 100, of Waco, Texas, (former resident of Sweetwater, Texas, and Brady, Texas) passed away on Sunday, January 24, 2021, at Arbor House in Waco, Texas.


Funeral services will be held 9:30 AM Tuesday, January 26, 2021, at Cate-Spencer & Trent Funeral Home Chapel with her son in law, Dr. George Loutherback, officiating.


A private graveside will be held at Garden of Memories with family members officiating. Burial will follow. Arrangements are under the direction of Cate-Spencer & Trent Funeral Home.


Mary was born on November 8, 1920, in Granger, Texas, to Holland and Emma Cleora (Morrisset) Holt. She married Audrey Hoyt Ballew on September 20, 1940, in Abilene, Texas. Mary was a homemaker and a charter member of Trinity Baptist Church. Mrs. Ballew was an avid student of the Bible and taught adult Sunday School and Monday Bible Study until the age of 98. She and her husband owned and operated Sweetwater Broom Company.


Survivors include her daughters and sons in law, Sherry and Bill Barsch of Levelland, Texas, and Cindy and George Loutherback of Waco, Texas, grandchildren, Allyson Foster and husband Aaron, Stephanie David, and Kyle Barsch and wife Kelly, great grandchildren, Eileen Barsch, Evan Barsch, Ellie Foster and Hannah Foster.


She was preceded in death by her husband, Audrey Hoyt Ballew, son, Andrew Holt Ballew, her parents, two brothers, Clarence and J. B. Holt and sister in law, Pauline Ballew.


Memorials may be made to Andy (Andrew) Ballew Scholarship at Hardin Simmons in Abilene, Texas or Trinity Baptist Church in Sweetwater, Texas or First Baptist Church of Brady, Texas.