Traverse City Record-Eagle

July 7, 2013

Donna Marie 'Sam' Ballard Died July 1, 2013

Traverse City Record-Eagle

---- — BEULAH — Donna Marie “Sam” Ballard, of Beulah, passed away Monday, July 1, 2013, after a brief battle with cancer.

Born Aug. 22, 1927, in Snover, to William and Edna Hildinger, the family later move to Marlette, where she met her future husband, Charles “Bud” Ballard.

Donna was preceded in death by her parents; two infant children; sister, Veta; and a favorite cousin, Tom.

Surviving are her husband of 59 years, Bud; two sons and their wives, Chuck (Christy) and Tom (Kathy); and their daughters, Allison and Rachel.

Donna enjoyed sports, playing softball and bowling in earlier years and later relishing in a friendly rivalry with son, Tom, cheering the Lions against the Packers. But what she most enjoyed was having friends and family, in-laws, and outlaws as she liked to put it, around her table during holidays or any occasion she could manufacture.

Cremation has taken place. A celebration of her life will take place at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, please make donations in Donna’s “Sam’s” name to Munson Hospice or a favorite charity.

Arrangements are by Jowett Family Funeral Homes & Cremation Service, Frankfort and Benzonia.