Loretta Marie Ballard, 82, of Mattoon, passed away at 12:48 p.m. Friday, May 17, 2013 at St. John’s Hospital in Springfield.
Funeral services honoring her life will begin at 2 p.m. Wednesday, May 22, 2013, with the Revs. Robert Clark and Joe Sheets officiating at Schilling Funeral Home, 1301 Charleston Ave., Mattoon. Burial will follow in Resthaven Memorial Gardens. Visitation will be held from 5 until 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 21, 2013, at Schilling Funeral Home. Also, an additional time of visitation will be held at 1 p.m. until time of funeral on May 22 at Schilling Funeral Home.
Loretta was born Aug. 29, 1930, in Cumberland County, the daughter of Glen and Lavern (Kelly) Henderson. She married Robert Ballard on March 26, 1960.
Survivors include her loving husband of 53 years, Robert Ballard; four children, Rita (Gene) Reed of Casey, Ruth Elaine Johnson of Casey, Scott (Kimberly) Ballard of Charleston and Cheryl Ballard of Wadesville, Ind.; four granddaughters, Gina (Brent) Ritter of Casey, Angela (Trent) White of Avon, Ind., Amanda (Nick) Boles of Casey and Samantha Ballard of Charleston; six great-grandchildren, Austin and Tyler White, Gannon and Gunnar Boles, and Whitney and Brandon Ritter; brother, Raymond (Phyllis) Henderson of North Highland, Calif.; sister, Darlene (Ken) Hochmuth of O’Fallon; and sisters-in-law, LaDonna Henderson of Indianapolis, Eileen Davisson of Collinsville and Carolyn Hortenstine of Ramsey. Loretta was preceded in death by her parents; and two brothers, Doyle Henderson and Lowell Henderson.
Loretta devoted many years of service as an executive secretary to local companies and a Mary Kay consultant. She was valedictorian of Casey High School class of 1948. Loretta was a member of Centenary United Methodist Church in Effingham. She was a former member of First Christian Church in Mattoon. Loretta used her musical talents to serve the Lord through singing, directing and playing the piano and organ. She was a Sunday school teacher for 27 years. Most of all, Loretta loved spending time with her family and friends.
Memorial donations in her honor are suggested to St. Jude’s Hospital, Samaritan Purse or church of choice.
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