Then-Elder M. Russell Ballard leaves the October 2010 General Conference with his wife, Barbara | Photo: Intellectual Reserve

Facing a number of health battles with what the Mormon Newsroom refers to as “characteristic grace and sense of humor,” Sister Barbara Bowen Ballard, wife of President M. Russell Ballard, acting president of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, passed away peacefully on October 1, 2018 at the age of 86.

Barbara met Russell when they were students at the University of Utah. They married in 1951 in the Salt Lake Temple after an 11-month courtship. “I married the right daughter of God,” said President Ballard. “Without the help and direction of Barbara, our family relationships would not have been as happy and fulfilling as they were. Barbara is a treasure for our family forever.” She is survived by her husband, 7 children, 43 grandchildren, and 90 great-grandchildren.

The Ballard family in what we assume was the 1970s | Photo: Intellectual Reserve

Funeral services will be held at the Monument Park Stake Center in Salt Lake City on Monday, October 8, 2018. Read the Newsroom article for additional information about the life of Sister Ballard.