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Helen Elizabeth (Downs) Balliet

May 11, 1955 ~ July 25, 2023 (age 68) 68 Years Old


Helen Elizabeth Downs Balliet, 68, passed away in Murrysville, Pennsylvania, on July 25, 2023, from complications of Lewy Body Dementia. Born in Wapella, Illinois, to S. Eugene Downs and Helen Mary Olmsted. Helen is survived by her two stepsons, Alex and Adam Balliet, her five sisters, one brother, and a host of nieces, nephews, and grandchildren.

Helen, also known as Elizabeth, was an accomplished anesthesiologist, having earned her Doctor of Medicine degree from Stanford University. She practiced in Pittsburgh and volunteered her expertise in Africa. Her life was rich with passions that included arts, culture, outdoor adventure, and travel.

Remembered fondly by family and friends for her vibrant and adventurous spirit, Helen's legacy of kindness, tenacity, and zest for life will continue to live in the hearts of all those she cherished. Her influential presence as both a dedicated professional and a loving family member will be deeply missed. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the American Brain Foundation's Lewy Body Dementia Fund, by visiting

There will be no public visitation or services. Entrusted with the arrangements is Hart Funeral Home, Inc. For online condolences, please visit 


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