Memorial service for
Jennifer Jean Balester (Lingley)
Monday August 9, 2021 at 1:00pm
Chapel at Oklahoma City Cremation
807 W. Wilshire BLVD
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73116
Jennifer Jean Balester (Lingley) passed on 1 Aug 2021. She is the daughter of Barry and Jocelyn Lingley, and sister to Robert, Christian, and Jamielyn Lingley. She is survived by her husband, Jason Balester, and her three children: Jordyn, Jacob, and Jessie.
Jennifer grew up in a military family, where her father served in the Air Force for twenty years. During this time, she had the opportunity to travel and see many places. From her birth in Frankfurt, Germany to her school-aged years at Clark Air Force base in the Philippines, she made many friends who, among other things, knew her for her kindness, big heart, generosity, creativity, and for her fun loving and funny personality. She was described by many as a “truly genuine friend”.
She was enthusiastic in pursuit of her hobbies. She loved college football but she was undoubtedly one of the most diehard San Francisco Forty-Niner fans. “Loud and proud” is how it was described. She loved all things Hello Kitty. It’s also worth noting that much of her teenage years were spent in complete adoration for New Kids on the Block, where it could be argued that she became the unofficial president of their fan club. She loved crafting and collecting colored pens, often coming up with random reasons just to use them. But most of all, she just loved doing things with her husband and kids.
Those who knew Jennifer all agree that her children were her greatest source of pride and joy. She cherished them above all else. Yes, she was the vocal mother in the crowd at their football games. She found such happiness watching Jessie play the piano or at karate practice. When they were little she would sit and color with them. It was her role as mother that she treasured the most. And it was this loving spirit that brought her and her husband Jason together, where she became an additional and appreciated source of maternal guidance and support to his three children as well. In her last few years, as her health declined and Jason became her primary support, he also was her biggest cheerleader. His love and commitment to her was unwavering. “In sickness and in health”. Their love epitomized this.
Growing up, her siblings would often lament that she was their father’s favorite. There was no denying they had a special bond. So while her passing leaves behind many who are saddened and will miss her, we can take solace in knowing that she has rejoined her father, where they will remain in health and happiness for all eternity…and where they will always be just a prayer away.