HUMMELSTOWN - Florence E. deGraaf Ballard, 85, of Bradford, passed away Tuesday (May 15, 2012) in the M.S. Hershey Medical Center of a pulmonary embolism. She was surrounded by her loving children.
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Born in Burlington, Ontario, Canada, on Nov. 29, 1926, she was the daughter of the late Jacobus and Elizabeth Roode deGraaf.
After graduation she left Canada and obtained a position with the Embassy of Pakistan in Washington D.C., where she met her best friend and beloved husband, Robert A. Ballard. After their marriage, they moved to Bradford, where she was a homemaker and eventually went to work for the American Red Cross.
Flory retired after 20 years of service as the executive director of the local American Red Cross. After her retirement, she continued to volunteer with the Red Cross, helping with Meals on Wheels, blood drives and teaching swimming lessons.
She was a member of the First United Methodist Church and the United Methodist Women. Flory was also a member of the former Hicks & Chicks Square Dancers, YWCA, Zonta International, YMCA and the Current Events Club. She was an avid bridge player, reader and enjoyed sailing on the Chesapeake Bay.
Flory was devoted to her family and enjoyed spending time with children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She was an integral part of their lives. She also loved nature and was an avid traveler.
Florence is survived by one daughter, Robin (Larry) Isaacson of Hummelstown; two sons, Richard (Robbin) Ballard of Alburgh, Vt., and David (Shannon) Ballard of Wellington, Fla.; son-in-law, Robert Landrum of Tampa, Fla.; 13 grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Bob, on April 17, 1990; a daughter, Sandy Landrum; and her brother, Stanley deGraaf.
A celebration of Flory's life will be held at 11 a.m. June 2 in the First United Methodist Church, 23 Chambers St., with the Rev. Tom Verner, her pastor, officiating. Friends are invited to visit with the family from 10 to 11 a.m. June 2 in the church and lunch will be served following the service.
The family has requested that memorial contributions be made to the First United Methodist Church, 23 Chambers St., Bradford, PA 16701; or the American Red Cross, 302 Congress St., Bradford, PA 16701.
Published in The Bradford Era from May 23 to May 27, 2012