Barbara Ballance
1942 - 2021
Hummel Funeral Homes - Akron
500 East Exchange Street
Akron, OH
October 9, 1942 - September 30,2021 Barbara was born into a theatrical family that was very involved at the Weathervane Playhouse in the early days at Copley Rd. Bunny became very active in theater at an early age. After attending Kent State and The American Academy in New York, Bunny acted professionally for many years. After moving back to Akron in the early 70's, Bunny founded Akron Children's Theatre, which eventually became The Magical Theatre in Barberton and later The Illusion Factory. Her productions, classes, and school training programs touched the lives of countless children, families, and educators in Northeast Ohio for over 45 years. Preceded in death by her parents, Evelyn and Marvin Ballance; and her beloved husband and artist, Raymond Packard. She is survived by her brother, Jack Ballance and his wife Stephanie; daughter, Miranda Garrard; son-in-law, Chuck Garrard; grandchildren, Cameron and Christian Hinton; stepsons, Raynard, Vincent and Damon Packard, step grandchildren Sonia, Magda and Corey Packard and his fiancée, Leah Cohen and great granddaughter, Lzzy. The family will have a celebration party for her life TBA.

Published by Akron Beacon Journal on Oct. 3, 2021.
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Bunny was a wonderful friend of mine for many years and will be dearly missed. My thoughts and prayers go out to her family and friends at this difficult time. Love, Eileen Kubis
Eileen Kubis
October 10, 2021
Thank you for all the fun we had touring Ohio on B.B. Bus, for Anne Frank, The Glass Menagerie and more. You were a true friend , indeed.
Mark Wilt
October 4, 2021
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