Cecelia Batten Wallace, a long-time resident of the Miami area and member of the Riviera Country Club and the Digger’s Club, passed away unexpectedly Thursday the 2nd of January at South Miami Hospital at the age of 84 years old.
PeeWee, as she was affectionately known to family and friends, was born to Mary and Harold Batten in 1935. She grew up in Mt. Gilead, NC and was a graduate of Stephens College and the University of North Carolina. She was a very talented singer who won various talent contests, took leading roles in musical comedies and became a recording artist for Colonial records with a top 10 hit while attending UNC.
After graduating PeeWee moved to NYC to pursue her singing career until she met the love of her life, Robert G. Wallace now deceased, on a blind date and never looked back. They had a wonderful life together and traveled the world enjoying many adventures.
PeeWee loved good food and socializing. She enjoyed horseback riding, playing tennis, and watching football. She loved wearing bright colors to spread her happiness and joy. She had a wonderful sense of humor and a contagious laugh. Her outgoing personality affected everyone she met.
She is survived by her daughters, Elizabeth and Susan, their husbands Julian and Patrick, grandsons Aaron, Louis, and Samuel, and great granddaughters Elora and Elizabeth, as well as extended family and friends who will forever love her dearly.
She will be greatly missed by everyone who knew her. A private ceremony to celebrate her life will be held in the near future.
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