Norma (Spearing) Ballard, 85, died May 13, 2014.
Shewas born on Cayo Costa, Fla., Feb. 25, 1929, to George and Oriole (Thigpin) Spearing. Her early elementary education was received at the Punta Blanca School where she traveled to and from by school boat. The family moved to Bokeelia in 1942 so she could attend high school. She was married in 1946 and spent most of her life in Bokeelia raising her children and where her family fished commercially. She worked 20 years in the cafeteria at Pine Island Elementary School, retiring in 1991.
She is survived by one brother, Jack Spearing of Georgia; her daughter, Joyce Ballard Mitchell (Tim) of Upper Captiva; sons, Robert Ballard (Ellen) of Fort Myers, David Ballard (Livia) of Beverly Hills, Fla., and Harry (Bo) Ballard (Gloria) of Columbia, S.A.; grandchildren, Jodie Davis Dale (Robert), Norma Humphrey (Dean), Andy Sabato, Jeffrey Ballard (Michele), Megan Ballard Conklin (Scott) and Andrea Ballard. She had nine great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.
She was predeceased by her parents; her husband of 53 years, Melvin Ballard; daughter, Barbara (Ballard) Bryant, who passed away just 3 weeks ago; brothers, Robert, Albert, Julian and Charley Spearing; and sisters, Lois Summerall and Nellie Coleman.
Mrs. Ballard will be remembered as a kind and gentle woman who cared deeply for her family. She was always ready to offer a helping hand to friends and family and was one amazing cook. She loved doing jigsaw puzzles and needlework crafts. More recently, she enjoyed playing card games with other residents at the Cape Coral Rehab Center where she has been living for the past 11 months.
A memorial service will be held Friday, May 23, 2014, at 1 p.m., at Coral Ridge Memorial Funeral Home & Cemetery in Cape Coral. Private burial will be immediately afterward.
She has received ongoing assistance from the American Kidney Fund and in lieu of flowers donations may be made in her memory to the American Kidney Fund, Patient Assistance Program, 11921 Rockville Pike, Suite 300, Rockville, MD 20852