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Joan M. Ballinger, 77, of Castile, operator of a local bed and breakfast, died Thursday (Aug. 20, 1998) as the result of an auto accident that day in the Town of Gainesville.

Born in Hurtsville, New South Wales, Australia, the former Joan Houghton immigrated to the United States in 1947. During World War II, she served with the Women's Royal Australian Air Force. She was a ballet dancer in her youth and performed at Sydney Hall.

At the time of her death, she was the owner and operator of the Eastwood House Bed and Breakfast in Castile. She was formerly employed by the Wyoming County Office of the Aging, the Arts Council of Wyoming County, the Genesee Falls Hotel and Western Union.

She attended United Church of Christ in Castile and was a member of Wallace-Jeffers American Legion Auxiliary in Castile and the Castile Historical Society. She was also a Cub Scout den mother.

She was an avid swimmer and enjoyed traveling, painting, bird watching, gardening, rug hooking, sewing and knitting.

She is survived by three sons, Ronald and Carl Ballinger, both of Castile, and Dr. Rex Ballinger of Baltimore; a daughter, Fay Seymour of Gainesville, and five grandchildren. Her husband, Dale A. Ballinger, died in 1981.

Funeral services will be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the United Church of Christ, Washington Street.[hjnes]

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