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Updated: 02/08/2014 08:00:01AM

Emma J. Ballentine

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Emma Jean Ballentine, 71, of Venice, Fla., was called to be with the Lord Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2014.

Emma Jean was born Aug. 3, 1942, in Newport News, Va., the last child to Lucille (Jackson) and Judd Colles Flowers. Emma Jean lovingly cared for her parents.

Emma Jean was an EKG technician at Venice Regional Medical Center for 16 years. She was a dedicated member of First Baptist Church of Venice, where she was a devoted preschool teacher and was also involved with children’s ministries for 20 years. She loved Venice and being able to ride her bike.

Survivors include her husband, the Rev. George Ballentine; her beloved two sons, David Carter Ballentine of Stockholm, Sweden, and John Michael Ballentine of Venice, Fla.; her precious two grandchildren, Maxwell and Julia; and her niece, Susan N. Redden of Santa Fe, N.M.

All those who knew her loved her, and her sweet spirit was evident to all.

Services: A Memorial Service will be held at 6 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 9, at First Baptist Church of Venice. To share a memory, visit:

Contributions: In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to First Baptist Church, 312 W. Miami Ave., Venice FL 34285.