unknown newspaper, 1947
Mrs. Nellie M. Balster, 73, Died Tuesday, Ill Long Time - Mrs. Nellie M. Balster, 73, wife of Ben Balster, and a resident of Athens a little over five years, passed away at Jacksonville, Illinois, on Tuesday. Mrs. Balster had been bedfast the last few years since she broke her hip in a fall. She was originally from Kansas and came to Tice when a child with her parents. In 1900 she was married to Ben Balster and for many years they farmed in the Tice Community, moving to Athens on their retirement, where they resided since. Those to survive are: the husband, Ben, one daughter, Mrs. Eural Baum, of Tice; a sister, Mrs. Mollie Hartley, Petersburg, and four grandchildren. A son, Emmerson, preceded her in death passing away in 1941. Services were held from the Satorius Funeral Home in Petersburg Thursday at 2 p.m. with Rev. Keith Loveless, officiating. Interment was in Rose Hill Cemetery, Petersburg.