Windsor Congregational Christian Church
Saturday July 18th, 2020
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Grace Ann Ballard
Grace Ann (Stephens) Ballard, 77, of Windsor, Virginia passed away on June 26, 2020, surrounded by her loving family, community, and God’s peace following a 20-month battle with cancer. Born on December 2, 1942, Grace was the youngest of seven children to Charles and Martha Stephens of Pleasant Plain, Ohio. She is preceded in death by her parents and sisters Ginny, Stella, and Hazel, and brother Charlie.
She is survived by her husband of 60 years, Reverend Basil “Buzz” Ballard, pastor emeritus of Windsor Christian Church, and two sons; Stephen Ballard of Windsor, and MG (Ret) Christopher and Michelle Ballard of Greenville, South Carolina. Grace and Buzz have four grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. She has two surviving sisters, Mildred and Mary, who reside in Ohio.
Grace and Buzz have been active and contributing members of the Windsor community for the past 26 years. They moved to Virginia in 1994 after Reverend Ballard retired from 25 years of active service as a US Army Chaplain. In addition to being a marvelous pastor’s spouse, Grace was a compassionate and caring military spouse, mentoring to young military families across the globe.
A memorial service will be held on Saturday, July 18, 2020 at 2 PM at Windsor Congregational Christian Church, 4 North Court Street Windsor, VA 23487. In lieu of flowers, the family asks friends to offer donations in Grace’s name to: The American Cancer Society (donate3.cancer.org) or The American Macular Degeneration Foundation (www.macular.org).
Nancy and my prayers are with the family. Grace was a great lady. always with a smile and a positive outlook. God Bless
Reuben howell May 13 2021 12:00 AM
Buzz, Steve and Chris Grace was a loving and caring sister in law. She loved everybody. She helped me through my ordeal with my loving Don this year. I'm going to miss my sister but soon we will all be together again in God's glory. Love my family Mary Ann
Mary Ann Ballard May 13 2021 12:00 AM
Dear Buzz and Stephen, With a fullness of Faith and a brightness of Hope you , your family and Grace will never be apart. We love you all. What a wonderful example of serving Christ you all set.
Tim Cormany May 13 2021 12:00 AM
I always admired Grace for her love of God and family. She was always full of joy when she spoke of her husband, children and grandchildren. My deepest condolences to the Ballard family during this time . Pam Brooks
Pam Brooks May 13 2021 12:00 AM
My Aunt Grace was such a wonderful person. I have such fond memories of visiting her and Uncle Buzz in New Jersey when I was younger. And our adventures in Germany and surrounding countries will never be forgotten. I'll be forever grateful to her for her supporting my father's battle with cancer while going through it herself. Uncle Buzz, Steve and Chris, my deepest condolences.
Brian Ballard May 13 2021 12:00 AM
Our Deepest sympathies to you and the family members! We love you! May you both be comforted in this; Grace is resting in the arms of Jesus now! We and The United States Army thank Grace for years of love and devotion to you, the children, and her service as a military Spouse! "Precious in the sight of the Lord, is the death of his saints!"
Chaplain (Cpt) R.D. Harness May 13 2021 12:00 AM
Dearest Buzz and family; Deepest sympathy for your loss. Grace was such a positive gift to the Windsor community.
Charlotte Ann Braswell May 13 2021 12:00 AM
Buzz and family, Carmen and I send sincere love and prayers to you all. Grace fulfilled her name because she gave grace to us all. In our crude and cruel world she was a comforting breath of fresh air. My favorite story about her has to do with the Windsor Christian choir. Ill tell it to you when we both could use a good laugh. Carmen and I both cherish our long-time friendship with you both. Gods blessings to you.
Michael D Halley May 13 2021 12:00 AM
To the Ballard Family, My deepest sympathies and prayers are with you through this time of unimaginable loss. May God walk beside you and guide you through this difficult time. Love
Todd Landis May 13 2021 12:00 AM
Chaplain Ballard, you performed our wedding ceremony 40 years ago today in Columbia, SC. We decided to look you up and found out that your wife had passed away recently. May the Lord be a strong tower for you as He gives you peace and comfort as only He can do. You are in our thoughts and prayers.
Gene and Kim Bucao May 13 2021 12:00 AM