Ernestine “Tina” Alice Ballard, 99, of Bellevue, passed away peacefully on Saturday, Nov. 16th, with family by her side.
Ernestine was born August 17th, 1920 in St. Johns, Mi to Ernest and Margaret (Eisler) Waggoner. She grew up and attended school in Lansing. On August 2, 1938, Ernestine married Charles G. Ballard in Bryan Ohio - he preceded her in death in 1991. Charles and Ernestine lived in the Lansing area prior to moving to Vermontville in 1951, and then settling on their farm in Bellevue in 1956. Along with helping Charles on the farm, Ernestine was a stay at home mom to their two children, daughter Kathleen “Kay” and son Alfred, whom she lovingly referred to as “Butch”.
Tina enjoyed listening to music, especially her favorite country singer Alan Jackson, cooking, baking, dancing, playing cards, and embroidery. She was an avid Detroit Tigers fan and enjoyed listening to them on the radio – she preferred the commentators on the radio over the ones on the television. Ernestine’s happiest times were spent with friends, family, and numerous family pets- she loved many animals (except snakes!) but had a special place in her heart for dogs and kittie cats.
Ernestine is survived by her daughter Kathleen (Roger [deceased]) Hosey and son Alfred (Sharon) Ballard, 6 grandchildren: Rae Alice (Jeff) Murphy, Roger Charles (Deb) Hosey, Paula (Jeff) Light, Wendy (Jonny) Thornton, Karen (Doug) DeLand, and Jason (Amanda) Ballard; 13 great grandchildren, and 6 great-great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, parents, step-father, 6 siblings, and a granddaughter.
Family will greet friends from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Friday November 22, 2019 at the Bellevue Chapel of Kempf Funeral and Cremation Services 205 North Elizabeth St, Bellevue. Funeral services celebrating Ernestine’s life will take place at 1 p.m., followed by interment at Bellevue Riverside Cemetery. The services will be officiated by Rev. Mikki Sandlin of the Bellevue United Methodist Church-where family will gather with friends following the committal services.
Memorial contributions are requested to the Bellevue Fire Department or Bellevue Good Samaritans. Assistance with memorials is available through Kempf Funeral and Cremation Services. You’re invited to leave a personal message for the family and sign the online guestbook at https://www.kempffuneralhome.com
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