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Queen mother of the roses dies at 95

August 05, 2004

Holly Halsted Balthis was active and had television interviews

scheduled as recently as two weeks before her death, Frank Balthis

Jr. said.

"She enjoyed meeting people and talking to people," he said. "It's

not like she'd talk about herself. But she'd want to find out about

them and what they do."

She also liked to talk to young people, Frank Balthis Jr. said.

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"She'd talk to kids on skateboards and skim boards," he said.

"She'd want to know what makes them tick."

An outgoing person who loved to party with people of all ages,

Holly Halsted Balthis always looked her best. She was dressed

impeccably and her demeanor was ever gracious and pleasant.

She loved life, her son said.

"She lived life to the fullest," he said. "It was like she loved

life too much to let go."

A Celebration of Life is scheduled for 11 a.m. on Friday at the

Laguna Beach United Methodist Church at 21632 Wesley Drive in Laguna

Beach. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials in her

name be made to the Living Desert Reserve at 47/900 Portola Ave.,

Palm Desert, CA 92260; or Friends of the Dana Point Library at 22841

Niguel Road, Dana Point, CA 92629; or the Laguna Beach United

Methodist Church.

* DEEPA BHARATH is the enterprise and general assignment reporter.

She may be reached at (949) 574-4226 or by e-mail at

deepa.bharath@latimes.com.

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