What a great, hard, demanding teacher. The grade that I am most proud of in all my school years is the "A" I made on a report in her class. I knew I had earned it.
Mrs. Ballew was a great teacher and friend. I had her as a Freshman in Midway. Tough but so loving in her own way. She taught Marvin and was later employed by him when he took over for M.T. Rice. I remember the first day she walked into Midway which was then located in Hewitt in a two story building. She was so little and her red hair was glowing.
She will be missed by many.
If there is an address for Travis I would like to have for Marvin Dameron.
My heart goes out to Travis and the family.
Mrs. Ballew was my 6th grade teacher ar Midway Elementary in 1973. The year I had her my father was diagnosed with lung cancer and had to have surgery to remove his right lung. She asked me each day in class how my father was doing and if I was doing okay. At the time I thought she was "nosy" but as I grew up I realized what an amazing person she was to care enough to ask. My father did well and came to work at the school in the janitorial/maintenance department until his passing in 1995. He never forgot Mrs. Ballew and always spoke highly of her even after her retirement. Mrs. Ballew and I exchanged Christmas cards for many years after my graduation and I always enjoyed her cards and notes. As it turned out, she was the best of them all. She taught me so much in the year she was my teacher. One thing we had in common was our love of animals. She was feisty with a gentle touch. I will never forget you, Mrs. Ballew.
I kept in touch with her up until a few years ago. She always said "Dynamite comes in small packages!" She was right! She gave with her whole heart... And she wasn't afraid to make you use your head... Even at your own expense and embarrassment. What other 4'10" woman could get your attention like she could?? RIP Mrs. Ballew! And she would tell you... "I'm not Ms. - I'm Mrs. Ballew!" The angels have retired the mould.
Mrs. Ballew was a great example of Christ's love to all she met. We met her in 1995 at Bosqueville Baptist Church. Words can not express the love we felt for this Godly Lady. You will be deeply missed by all.