Lola May Ballard was born to Thomas and Minnie Smithwick on June 2, 1923 in Sterrett, Texas along with her twin sister Lois. They were always known as Happy and Jack. Lola had an older sister Hazel Jean and younger brother Thomas Jr and Betty Jo was her younger sister. Lola attended school in Sterrett and when she was almost 18 years old Lola and Lois applied for jobs with Boeing Aircraft in Seattle Washington where they were "Rosie Riveters" working on the aircraft heading for Japan. After the war ended Lola moved back to Texas and worked at the Majestic Theatre and Neiman Marcus in downtown Dallas. Then Lola reconnected with a childhood friend Carl Ballard from Bee Creek, a small community in Ellis County. Carl had served in WWII as a medic in the Navy. They met by chance at the Pendley cafe in Forreston, Texas and love struck them and they were married in 1949. They were together 60 years and together they had four children, Fred Travis in 1952, Allen Ray in 1953, Catherine Sue in 1956, and Lora Lea in 1962.
Lola had a wonderful life, she owned a dress shop, was our "Movie Star" appearing as an extra in Places in the Heart and Return to Peyton Place. She was a Prayer Warrior, and a member of the Forreston Baptist Church for over 65 years.
Lola, our "Happy", passed away December 6, 2016 at her home in Forreston. She was preceded in death by her parents Tom and Minnie Smithwick, her dear siblings Lois Shellenberger, Hazel Lawson, Thomas Smithwick, Jr. and Betty Jo Shawver. Her beloved husband Carl Ballard passed away in 2009, and her son Allen Ballard in 2015.
She is survived by her son Fred Ballard and wife Mary Lou, and her daughters, Cathy Scott, Lora Lea McCullough and husband Jimmy, all of Forreston. She is also survived by her in-laws; Norman and Ann Eggleston, Mickie and Fay Ferguson and Frances Ballard of Forreston. Lola is survived by 10 grandchildren, 20 great grandchildren, 3 great-great children and dozens of nieces and nephews.
Visitation is Saturday, December 10, 2016 from 4:00-6:00pm at the Boze-Mitchell-McKibbin Funeral Home in Waxahachie.
Funeral Service will be 2:00pm on Sunday, December 11, 2016 at the Boze-Mitchell-McKibbin Chapel with Pastor Jason Harris and Chaplain Jerry Sheppard officiating. Interment will follow at the Italy Cemetery in the Smithwick section.
Pallbearers are Fred Ballard Jr., Daniel Ballard, James Ballard, Justin Ballard, Rich Adkins and Jimmy McCullough. Honorary pallbearers are Tommy Ogletree, Norman Eggleston, Mickie Ferguson, Jerry Shellenberger, Leland Calvert, Paul Tate, and Mrs. Edna Cejudo.
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Arrangements are under the direction of the Boze-Mitchell-McKibbin Funeral Home, 511 W. Main St., Waxahachie, Texas 75165.