Mayor Ballard died Sunday, Oct. 16, at Northeast Georgia Medical Center.
Born Feb. 7, 1947, in Dekalb County, she was a daughter of Colleen McRea Parr of Demorest and the late Leon Parr.
Recently elected to her second term as mayor, Mrs. Ballard was the first female mayor of Cornelia. While serving as mayor, and previously on the Cornelia City Commission, she was the president of District 2 of the Georgia Municipal Association, and a member of its Legislative Policy Committee. She served on the GDOT Transportation Roundtable, and was a past member of the NEGA Water Planning Authority.
She was also employed as an administrator with Piedmont College. Mrs. Ballard was a member of Cornelia First Presbyterian Church, a member of Tallulah Falls School Board of Directors, past board member of the Quinlan Arts Center in Gainesville, and a longtime member in the Garden Clubs of Georgia.
Her dedication to gardening and flower arranging included: fourth vice president/membership of the Garden Clubs of Georgia, treasurer for Garden Therapy, board member of Deep South Design, past Laurel District director and Laurel District Flower Show Schedule and Evaluation chairman, member of North Georgia Council of Flower Show Judges and past president, past president and treasurer of Creative Study Club, landscape design consultant, environmental consultant, National Garden Clubs Inc. master judge, member of Carolina Atelier, member of Creative Floral Arrangers of the Americas (CFAA), and past board member of the University of Georgian Botanical Gardens.
Survivors include her husband, Philip Ballard of Cornelia; son and daughter-in-law, John and Kathryn Ballard of Cornelia; son, Matthew Ballard of Cornelia; brothers, Leon Parr and Woody Parr, both of Cornelia; sister, JoAnne Rollins of Marietta; and two grandchildren, Maya and Toby Ballard.
In lieu of flowers, the family respectfully requests donations be made to the Circle of Hope, P.O. Box 833, Cornelia, GA 30531.
An online guest register is available and may be viewed at mcgaheegriffinandstewart.com.
McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home of Cornelia is in charge of arrangements.
The Northeast Georgian
October 19, 2011