Mary Katherine Ballard Rawlins
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DALLAS, TX / SHREVEPORT Mary Katherine Ballard Rawlins passed away peacefully on January 1, 2013, after a brief illness. She was preceded in death by her father, Leon McGraw "Mac" Ballard and her mother, Etoyle Yvonne Sandel Ballard. She is survived by her husband, Harry Erle Rawlins III, and her sister, Jill Ballard Wallace, both of Dallas; niece, Lindsay Wallace Hammond; and nephews, Robert and Cade Wallace.
She is also survived by stepchildren Kathryn Rawlins Treece and husband Russell; Tori Rawlins Sweet and son, Tanner; Erle Rawlins IV; Stoney Rawlins; and Barrett Rawlins Feltus and husband Robert. Mary Katherine especially treasured her childhood friends Mary Sue McCarty, Dr. Susan Scott, Laura Ann Dailey Edwards and Elizabeth Watts Thomas.
Mary Katherine graduated from St. Vincent's Academy in Shreveport, and attended the University of Mississippi.
She was formerly employed at Oak and Ivy in Shreveport and by Pappagallo, Collector's Covey, and Erle Rawlins Real Estate, all in Dallas. She later owned Buyer's Resource of Dallas and Rawlins Real Estate Consultants.
She maintained membership in the Metrotex Association of Realtors, Junior League of Dallas and the Women's Council of Dallas.
Mary Katherine dedicated her life to her family, animal rescue, gardening and will be remembered as a true Southern lady and creative gourmet cook, who graciously opened her home to family, friends, and all of God's creatures.
The Holy Rosary will be prayed on Saturday, January 19th at 9:30 am followed by the Funeral Service at 10:00 am at Christ the King Catholic Church, 8017 Preston Rd, Dallas, TX 75225. Friends are cordially invited to join the family afterwards at the Christ the King Community Center. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation in her name to the Dallas Companion Animal Project, www.dallascompanionanimalproject.wordpress.com.
Published in Shreveport Times on Jan. 13, 2013