Posted by Newspaper Transcriber on Saturday, October 21, 2006 at 19:15:45 :
Louise Arcangeli Ballard
Louise Arcangeli Ballard, who clothed families in Pescadero through Ballard's Department Store for nearly 40 years, died peacefully in her sleep Oct. 11 in Scotts Valley, where she lived. She was 92.
Mrs. Ballard was born in San Francisco on Jan. 18, 1914. Her mother died in the 1918 influenza epidemic when Mrs. Ballard was 4, leaving her to help care for two younger siblings. "She was a mother figure from the time she was 4," said her son, Norman Benedetti of Santa Cruz.
Her family lived in Half Moon Bay for a few years when Mrs. Ballard was a child, before moving to Pescadero in 1928. There, a year later, her father and brother established the Pescadero Bakery and Grocery. Now the store is the Arcangeli Grocery, being operated by the family's fourth generation.
At age 17, Mrs. Ballard started her own business, a small dress shop in Pescadero, next to the grocery. In 1939 she married Bob Ballard; their marriage would last for nearly 50 years.
In 1945 she built and began operating Ballard's Department Store, across from Duarte's Tavern.
The store carried clothing for men, women and children, as well as various household items. "It had a little bit of everything," said Benedetti. "Everything you could practically think of, was in that little building."
Mrs. Ballard ran the store until she retired in 1982 and moved to Santa Cruz. But she did not stay retired long before opening Louise Ballard's clothing store for men, women and children, in the Almar Center in Santa Cruz, which she ran for about four years.
"Her family was her main purpose in life," said Mrs. Ballard's son. "Nothing was more important to her than the health and welfare of her family."
Her big heart is what she will be remembered for, he added. "She was just so generous. That was her trademark."
Mrs. Ballard is preceded in death by her husband, Bob Ballard, who died in 1986, and brother Mario Arcangeli who died in 2004. She is survived by her son, Norman Benedetti of Santa Cruz and daughter Bobi Pimentel of Whitmore, Calif., six grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren. She is also survived by her sister, Livia Walker of Mountain View.
A private memorial service is planned at Skylawn Memorial Park.
In lieu of flowers, contributions are preferred to the Hospice Caring Project, 940 Disc Drive, Scotts Valley, CA 95066, or to South Coast Children's Services, P.O. Box 525, Pescadero, CA 94060.
Half Moon Bay Review and Pescadero Pebble, Wednesday, October 18, 2006
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