Actress, singer, comedian and Rancho Mirage local Kaye Ballard will be remembered at a public memorial service Wednesday.

Ballard died Jan. 21 at her Rancho Mirage home at age 93.

The memorial service will begin at 3 p.m. at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Palm Desert, 43775 Deep Canyon Road.

Ballard began her career in show business after graduating from West Tech High School in Cleveland. She was awarded a scholarship in fine art, but turned it down.

“I decided not to take it because a little voice inside me said that even though I had some ability I would never be the best artist, but I might, just might be among the best in show business,” Ballard once said.

Ballard was best known for her work on television on shows such as “The Doris Day Show” and “The Mothers-in-Law.” Her career in show business spanned more than 70 years.

She had lived in the desert area for 50 years.

The public is welcome to attend the memorial service, but donations in her memory can be made to The Palm Springs Animal Shelter, www.psanimalshelter.org; The Coachella Valley Rescue Mission, www.cvrm.org; or Coachella Valley Veterans, coachellavalleyveterans.com.

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