SUSAN SHAW BALLARD
SEPTEMBER 7, 2012
Susan Shaw Ballard, 71 years young, passed away on September 7, 2012 in Jacksonville, FL. Susie always said, "I will be in diapers before I have a grandchild..." and she was proved wrong when she became a proud grandma in 2010. Vivacious, loud, opinionated, outgoing, wild, full of laughter.....bigger than life! She always had an open door for a friend in need (kids or hers) and became a second mom to many. Susan loved to tell stories of her early life with a vagabond father. She always said she attended 20 schools and even lived in a church at one point. She always had a love of sports including being an A tennis player and an avid golfer in later years and we cannot forget her undying love for the Gators. Susan gave her heart and soul to her kids gymnastics and was amazingly dedicated through years of travel and gymnastic meets. That support, encouragement, pride, and love shaped her kids into fantastic adults and they now pay it forward through love, friendship, and encouragement to family and friends. Her greatest joy was her grandson Pierce and she treasured every moment with him. Pierce will know Susie through her family and the many, many friends who will share their stories and experiences and her words of wisdom. In doing so, the family will continue to share joy through their memories which includes tears and smiles. Passionate, loving, proud, forthright, did we mention proud?.....Mom, Partner, Wife, Sister, Friend, Adopted Mom.... Wish we had more time. You will always be loved.
Susan is survived by her two children, Dawn and Jason Ballard, her partner Carol Ward, Davie, FL., her twin brothers Dean and Dennis Shaw and former husband Rayford Ballard. A Celebration of Life Gathering will take place on October 7th from 2:30 pm to 3:30 pm, and a Service from 3:30 to 4:30 pm at the Kraeer Funeral Home 1353 North Federal Highway, Boca Raton FL. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation, http://www.pulmonaryfibrosis.org/donatenow
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