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Geraldine Cernik Ballard

Florala, Alabama

Apr 3, 1926 – Oct 5, 2019 (Age 93)


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Evans Funeral Home - Florala Obituary

Geraldine Cernik Ballard age 93, passed away October 5, 2019. She was born April 3, 1926 in Omaha, Nebraska to Lewis Cernik and Frances  Cernik. Geraldine was educated in Nebraska until the 2nd semester of her senior year. Moving with her parents in 1943 to Defuniak Springs, Florida. Where she graduated from Walton High School in 1943. Geraldine worked for attorney Graham Campbell for 8 1/2 years as his secretary. On May 6, 1951 she married Clifford Ballard and moved to Florala, Alabama.  Geraldine worked at Paxton High School for 25 years, first as a teachers aide and then a bookkeeper. She retired in June 1991. She also loved reading, working in her yard and growing roses. Geraldine was a member of Paxton Baptist Church. She is preceded in death by husband, Clifford Ballard; daughter, Bonnie Jean Ballard; father, Lewis Cernik; mother, Frances Barrow; brother, Robert Cernik.

Geraldine is survived by her daughter, Barbara Smith and husband Hinton of Clear Springs, FL, son, Thomas Ballard and wife Kim of Mary Esther, grandsons Matthew Ballard and wife Veronica and Michael Smith and wife Candace, great granddaughters, River Anniston Smith, Brylee Kate Williams

Funeral services for Geraldine Cernik Ballard will be 3PM Tuesday October 8, 2019 at Evans Funeral Home with John Lovelady officiating. Visitation will be 1 hour before services. Interment will be in Paxton Cemetery.

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Such a wonderful friend as a back of the lake neighbor. What a full and living life Ms Ballard lived. Barbara, sorry I couldnt be there; Ive had physical problems for a while now but have and will continue to pray for you all in this time

We are so sad to hear about your Mom's passing. She was a wonderful, spirited woman and will be missed by all that knew her. Thinking about you and your family in this sad time.

Tom...Keep the wonderful memories of your Mom close in your heart. Praying for all your family during this time.

Thinking of the family during this difficult time.

Grief can be so hard, but our special memories help us cope. Remembering you and your loved one today and always. Im so sorry to hear of your moms passing. She will be missed. Sending my deepest condolences.

May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.0

I'm honored to have known Ms. Geraldine through my work at the Florala Senior Center. I worked there 10 years ago and met her then. She was a very sweet lady and we had a good time joking about her wanting to eat her "goodie" before her meal. When I came back to work at the Center 2 years ago, I was really happy to see she was still going there. She will be missed.

This sweet sweet Lady was so precious to us. Always had a smile and always had something nice to say. Our Loss but Heavens gain.....she did leave us some precious memories and a Godly example to live by.
Barbara please know we are Praying for you, your brother along with the rest of this sweet ladies family....We truly loved your Mom!

Mrs. Ballard was a precious lady to me and my family. We have always loved her and her family dearly! I will miss her dropping my office at the pharmacy to check on me or catching up when I would see her and Barbara eating lunch together. We all shared awesome memories together, and they were and still are priceless to me! May God be with this family during this most difficult time. Much love and prayers!