Margaret Stirling Ballew

July 17, 2022 Kennett Square, PA "Peggy"

Margaret S. Ballew, age 97, died on Sunday, July 17, 2022 at Crosslands Retirement Community, Kennett Square, PA. Born Margaret Eyre Stirling on Easter Sunday in 1925, “Peggy” grew up at Rockdale Farm, in Fallston, Maryland.

She attended Goucher College in Baltimore and worked for the Draft Board during WWII before she met and married her husband of 68 years, Ross Ballew, then a Lieutenant in the Army. Peggy and Ross relocated the family several times during his long career with GE.

Peggy was a loving wife and mother who studied Archaeology at a local college and volunteered for the Girl Scouts, Church School, Altar Guild, Planned Parenthood and the Garden Club. Until her early 90s, she was an avid “Critters Creator” at Brandywine Museum where she contributed to the annual trove of Christmas keepsakes.

Peggy is survived by one son, Tom Ballew and his wife Celeste of Lancaster, PA; two daughters, Stirling Davenport of New Haven, CT; and Sally Shutt and her husband Sam of Hendersonville, TN; five grandchildren, Miles Ballew, Melissa Olds, Chris Shutt, Sergey Shutt and Roma Shutt, and a great grandchild, Masai Ballew.

A memorial service will be held at 2:00PM on August 4th at the Crosslands Community in Kennett Square, PA for residents, friends and family. She will be buried at St. Mary’s Episcopal Church on August 5th at 12 Noon in Abingdon, MD, where she and Ross were married. In lieu of flowers please consider donating to the Make a Wish Foundation ( or the Hole in the Wall Gang Camp (

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Arrangements by Kuzo Funeral Home of Kennett Square, PA.

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Memorial Service

August 4, 2022 2:00PM Crosslands Retirement Community
1660 E. Street Road
Kennett Square, PA 19348


  1. Peggy was the steadfast rock of the family, the solid presence that everyone relied upon. Although she is physically gone, her essence remains in our lives and her love in our hearts.

    Rhonda and I send you our deepest condolences.

    Herman Davenport

    Herman L Davenport | August 4, 2022 at 9:03 AM
  2. Peggy Ballew was my next door neighbor and Girl Scout leader. Her daughter Sally was the first person I met when we moved to Pennsylvania, and Sally is still a dear friend. I remember Peggy teaching Sally and me how to make a peach pie with a lattice crust. Peggy and Ross were wonderful neighbors and great friends to my parents. Peggy Ballew lived a very full life and gave of herself to her community, to her family, and to others in ways that will long be remembered.

    Carol Scamman | August 3, 2022 at 11:49 PM

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