Obituary for Dolores B. Ballard
b. August 17, 1936
d. February 2, 2021
Dolores was born the oldest of four children, of parents Adam and Eva Baumert. Raised in Euclid Ohio, she was the oldest of three daughters, and her brother was the youngest. Her father Adam was a butcher, and big band trumpet player, and her mother Eva was a devoted housewife, and mother.
Her environment growing up in the early WWII years, was one filled with hurdles, for her family and just being a kid. She would be the last of the Sisters to marry, in 1963, to Rolland S. Ballard Sr. (died in 1994), and would have one child, and four step children with him.
She worked early as a kid, as a babysitter, then a delivery courier for her father at the meat market. She later had many department store jobs around the Cleveland/Euclid/Richmond area. Most of which were clothing stores. She eventually started selling clothes from home parties, via Fashion Wagon. Later she would be involved in Shaklee, selling vitamins and nutrient supplements.
She developed Alzheimer's in early 2010, and continued at home until 2014 when she needed better care as Jefferson Healthcare provided her from 2014 to 2021. As a resident there, she touched the hearts of many employees, and being there so long, will be remembered for a long time to come. They helped her battle a case of Covid-19, and as her resilience won the battle, she died later from the complications of the Alzheimer's.
She leaves behind a Son, Rolland S. Ballard, Jr....a Step Son, Kevin Ballard...several Grandchildren and Great Grandchildren, the closest of which were Rolland S. Ballard, III (and family, Amber his wife, Heaven, Trinity, Katherine, and Ashlyne, the great grand-children)....and Tiffany D. (and Paul) Rini, her son's children. She also leaves behind her Sister, Dorothy (and Michael) Zivick, and her Brother Adam (and his wife Laurie) Baumert.
Along with a great deal many nieces and nephews, and many friends and other family and cousins that knew and loved her.
She loved nature, and gardening. Watching the sunrise, and sunsets were a special time to her. Listening to vintage music and all forms of Country music, she was always whistling, or humming a happy tune. She loved old movies, and Christmas! She also loved to cook, and visit new places.
Dolores will be missed by many, but her memory will enduringly live on.
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