Margaret “Peggy” Mullen Ballew

Margaret “Peggy” Mullen Ballew

Margaret “Peggy” Mullen Ballew, formerly of Peoria, Ill., passed away peacefully Sunday, July 28, 2019, after a courageous battle with lung cancer.

A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 1 p.m. Friday, Aug. 2, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Pinehurst.

Peggy was born Sept. 28, 1946, the daughter of Jerry and Katie Carlson Mullen. She married Jim Ballew on July 15, 1996, in Jackson Hole, Wyo. He passed away on June 2, 2013.

Peggy is survived byJerome P. Kraft, father of her three sons: Gregory Kraft (Jennifer), of Mokena, Ill., Mark Kraft (Marissa), of Queen Creek, Ariz., and Eric Kraft (Lyndsey), of Tremon, Ill; two stepchildren, Michael Ballew (Heather), of Boden, Pa., and Leigh Helsel (William), of Blacklick, Ohio; and 12 grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; and sister Mary Kathryn Schmelter.

She was a graduate of St. Mary’s Academy, Nauvoo, Ill., class of 1964, and St. Francis Hospital School of Nursing, Peoria, Ill. Peggy was a dedicated nurse for many years at St. Francis Hospital and Peoria High School.

In 2005, she and Jim moved to Seven Lakes. She was active in the Amercian Red Cross, sports medicine, and maternal and child health. She had an avid interest in the stock market, loved gardening, but her passion was golf! She played for the Seven Lakes Golf Club until her illness prevented it. Her fondest memories were with her grandchildren, boating on the lake, and shopping in Pinehurst.

Her family wishes to thank Dr. Carrie Lee, Oncologist at UNC Cancer Hospital; her caretakers and friends, Bill, Mary Ann, Kathy, Iris and many others.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center, CB No. 7295, Chapel Hill, NC 27599. Condolences on line at

Powell Funeral Home is serving the Ballew family.