Gladys Ona Ballinger

Gladys Ona Ballinger, 101, died on Feb. 12, 2021, at Harry Hynes Memorial Hospice in Wichita, KS. She was born on March 30, 1919 at Garden City, KS, the daughter of Harvey & Minna (Bloedorn) Graves. She married Lee F. Ballinger on May 19, 1940 in Garden City, KS. Lee died on Feb. 15, 1978.

Gladys was a 1937 graduate of Garden City High School. While in school the family lived above a jewelry store where her father had Graves Photography Studio and her job was to paint black and white photos into color. She was involved in league bowling, numerous volunteer organizations, and spent many hours with her friends at the Finney County Senior Center. Gladys loved being with her family and knitting and crocheting for them.

She is survived by her children, Judy Buchanan of Possum Kingdom, Texas, Jean Bryant of Wichita, KS, Jerry Ballinger of Rogers, AR, Jimmy Ballinger of Garden City, KS, and Johnny Ballinger of Wichita, KS; 21 grandchildren, 45 great-grandchildren and 18 great-great-grandchildren. She is preceded in death by her parents; husband; daughter, Janet McCracken; grandson; and two brothers, Warren Graves and Elmer Graves.

Funeral Service will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Garnand Funeral Home. The service will be on Facebook Live on the Garnand Funeral Home facebook page. Burial will be in Valley View Cemetery in Garden City, KS. Friends may call from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday and 9: a.m. to service time Saturday at Garnand Funeral Home. Memorials are suggested to Finney County Senior Center in care of Garnand Funeral Home. Condolences may be posted at

Posted online on February 22, 2021