PORTLAND — Maureen Elizabeth “Moe” Ballenger, 54, of Yarmouth, died unexpectedly Sept. 19.  

Born in Albany, N.Y., on March 15, 1956, a daughter of Catherine (Murray) and Emmett T. Davis, she attended local schools and graduated from Mercy High School in 1974.

Education was always important to her and she had a lifelong love of learning.  

After she received her bachelor’s degree in 1978 from Union College in Schenectady, N.Y., she took a fellowship at the University of Texas School of Public Health. In 1980 she received her master’s degree in public health from the University of Texas in Houston.  

While living in Texas, she met Luke Ballenger of Arkansas and they were married on July 3, 1982.  

Fifteen years ago, she and her family moved to Maine and spent the last 13 years living in Yarmouth.

After working in the Yarmouth and Freeport school systems, she started taking special education instruction classes at USM and earned her master’s degree in education.

She took a position in the Falmouth school system, where she worked with special education students at Falmouth High School, and was most recently a special education teacher at Falmouth Middle School. 

A dedicated advocate for her students and their parents, she was always ready to go to bat for them.

Her interests included traveling, reading, canoeing, craft fairs and taking special pilgrimages to Bar Harbor with her husband Luke.  

She will be remembered for a number of wonderful things, most notably her loving care and concern for others, her warm and bubbly personality and infectious laugh.

Survivors include her husband of 28 years, Luke Ballenger, III, of Yarmouth; her son, Luke Emmett Ballenger, and her daughter, Victoria Rose Ballenger, both of Yarmouth; two brothers, Emmett Davis of Minnesota, and James Davis of New York, and her sister, Catherine Davis of New York; her mother-in-law Pauline Ballenger of Arizona; six nephews; and a large circle of friends.

Memorial services were held last week.

Arrangements are by Lindquist Funeral Home, One Mayberry Lane, Yarmouth.

Please visit lindquistfuneralhome.com to view a video collage of her life and to share condolences, memories and tributes with the family.

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