Gail Elaine Balliet of Sellersville, PA, passed away, peacefully, on the morning of June 16, 2021 at the Genesis HealthCare Center in Quakertown, PA. Gail was born to the late Leroy & Mary (Kowlick) Nice in Newton, NJ on January 3, 1939. She grew up in New Jersey before moving to Pennsylvania and settling in Quakertown. In early childhood she spent time with her brother and sister, the late William Nice and Gloria Nice Balliet, and enjoyed reading comic books and rollerskating. During this time, she learned her way around the kitchen and discovered her love of baking. She would later go on to complete courses at the Upper Bucks County Technical School in Cake Decorating. In 1956, she graduated from Quakertown Community Senior High School and a year later, on May 11, 1957, she married Ralph H. Balliet at Jerusalem Evangelical Lutheran Church in Sellersville, PA. Within 3 years, they were blessed with two children, Joanne and James, the lights of her life. For twenty years, she worked for the Royal Pants Manufacturing company in Perkasie, PA, as a piece-rate seamstress before moving on to the Packaging Department at J. L. Penner in Dublin, PA before retiring in 2001. Throughout her well-lived life, Gail remained an active member of the Jerusalem Evangelical Lutheran Church congregation, and served on the Fellowship Committee, volunteering her time to help with events like bake sales and dinners . She continued to bake and create beautifully decorated cakes and pastries for her family, friends, and community. Birthdays, anniversaries, and all kinds of celebrations were not complete without a dessert baked by Gail. Gail enjoyed traveling on Perkiomen Bus Tours with her late husband, and going to the movie theatre. She was an avid reader, especially crime thrillers and biographies but would never miss her morning talk shows. Not only did she like to sew and crochet and garden, but often experimented with ideas and recipes she found, like those in the Martha Stewart Living magazines. Most importantly, she cherished the time she spent with her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by her husband, Ralph, and brother William Nice and sister Gloria Nice Balliet. Gail is survived by her daughter, Joanne M. Steward of Quakertown, PA; by her son and daughter-in-law, James & Deborah Balliet of Perkasie, PA; by her granddaughter and grandson-in-law, Shawna Steward & Joseph Szido; by her grandson and granddaughter-in-law, James & Nicole Balliet, by her grandson and granddaughter-in-law, Bryan & Glenn Balliet, granddaughter & grandson-in-law Desiree & Michael Shea, and her great-grandchildren, Keira, Lucy, Vivian, Jamison, Capri, Madyson, Carter and two step-great grandchildren, Deklan & Averie. A private viewing and funeral will be held for her family and close friends. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the Quakertown Branch of the Bucks County Free Library at 401 West Mill St, Quakertown, PA 18951 and Jerusalem Lutheran Church, 733 Ridge Road, Sellersville, PA 18960.
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Quakertown Branch of the Bucks County Free Library
401 W. Mill St., Quakertown PA 18951
Jerusalem Lutheran Church
733 Ridge Rd., Sellersville PA 18960