Patricia Ballowe

08/22/1929 — 06/20/2024

From Richland WA | Born in Great Fall MT

Patricia Ballowe

Patricia (“Pat”) Louise Ballowe passed away peacefully on June 20, 2024 at the age of 94 in Richland, WA. Pat was born on August 22, 1929 in Great Falls, MT to Violet (Michaelis) and Roy Jewell. She graduated from Great Falls High School in 1947. She married James (“Jim”) Wright Ballowe on September 2, 1950 and they soon moved to Richland, WA where Jim worked as an electrical engineer at the Hanford Site. They had three children.


Pat was a homemaker and was also active in her church. She was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. Pat served as a librarian for the Tri-City Genealogical Society (1971-2003) and was the Director of the Richland Family History Center for six years. In 2013 she was recognized by the Society for “going the extra mile” and was considered to be very knowledgeable and dependable by the patrons. She continued to serve in some capacity until 2020.


She enjoyed traveling to Oregon, California, Utah, Hawaii, Washington, D.C., Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, Great Britain and at least two World’s Fairs. She liked country music and Mannheim Steamroller. She loved watching baseball (Seattle Mariners) and basketball (Golden State Warriors) and beating the family at Crazy Rummy, her favorite card game.


Pat was predeceased by her brother, Worth Jewell, and her husband Jim. She is survived by her children: (Karen) Lynne Forest, Alexandra MacKenzie and Robin K. Ballowe, all of Richland, WA; Grandchildren: Cassandra Fleming of Newport, OR (Kevin Fleming); Crystal Raine Forest of Tacoma, WA (Mike Kroesen); and Sara Wimpy (Jason Wimpy) of Pasco, WA; Great Grandchildren: Samantha Fleming, Mia Fleming and Lily Fleming, all of Newport, OR and Mikayla Nicholson (Scott Nicholson, Jr.), Cameron Salinas (Abby Delgado) and Sadie Salinas, all of Pasco, WA; and Great-Great Grandchildren: Tristan Nicholson, Brooklyn Nicholson, Scott Nicholson III, Wyatt Nicholson, Brendan Nicholson and Ava Rodriguez, all of Pasco, WA; as well as her sister-in-law Mary Ballowe of Great Falls, MT and numerous nieces and nephews.


In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Pat’s name to the ARC of Tri-Cities:

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  • Grandma, I will forever have you in my heart. We will continue the traditions that you taught us. I hope you’re playing Crazy Rummy and winning every hand!

    Crystal Raine Forest
    June 28, 2024
    Tacoma, WA
  • Just wanna say how very missed my great grandma will be. She was the kindest most hard headed woman I knew. She always made you feel welcome She was the greatest hug giver!!! I know your watching over us all we love you

    Mikayla forest
    June 27, 2024
    Pasco wa 99301
  • One thing I can say about my Great Grandmother is, she was a strong fierce woman and I really admire the way she stuck up for everybody no matter the situation! I will miss her warm hugs the most, the impact she made in my life just by being her was amazing and it’s something that won’t be forgotten. Rest easy beautiful angel, love you.

    Sadie Salinas
    June 25, 2024
    Pasco Wa
  • I will miss my grandma’s hugs the most, she was the best grandma a kid for ask for. No matter where I was in life she loved me the same, and she wouldn’t let anyone get one over on her, she was tough! My only regret was not visiting you more in your last few years, I’m grateful I got to be there for you in the end. Rest easy grandma I love you. Sara

    Sara Rhiannon Wimpy
    June 25, 2024
  • One of the million things I will miss about mom is how she very often beat the heck out of us when playing crazy rummy. My sister and I always told her (laughingly) that she didn’t play right and she always replied, “I don’t know how to play”, also laughing. In the end she really didn’t know how to play, but she still gave it a shot. I will be forever grateful for the many hours with her around the card table, as well as so many other wonderful memories. I will miss you mom. Love you.

    (Karen) Lynne Forest
    June 25, 2024
    Richland, WA
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