Helen Joan Ballard

Helen Joan Ballard passed from this life, September 2, 2018. The Memorial Service celebrating the life of Helen Ballard will be held Saturday, September 22, 2018 at 10 a.m., St. Marks United Methodist Church, 3811 N. Main, Baytown, Texas. In lieu of usual remembrances, please consider a donation in Helen’s memory to:  Friends of Garner State Park, 234 Ranch Road 1050, Concan, TX 78838 with memo “In Memory of Helen Ballard” or St. Marks UMC, “A Road to Recovery” Program, 3811 N. Main, Baytown, TX  77521.

Helen Joan Ballard, aka Granny B, 80, passed from this life, September 2, 2018. She was born September 7, 1937 to Bill and Addie Fraser in Llano, Texas. 

Helen moved to Galena Park in 1944 where she lived, met the love of her life, Jack Ballard, graduated from Galena Park High School in 1955, and raised their three children, David, Diane and Dana in the same house she grew up in on Tenth Street. 

Helen was an active member of the Galena Park UMC, United Methodist Women, GP Garden Club, and was once voted Woman of the Year, by the Galena Park Chamber of Commerce. 

Later she and Jack moved to Baytown where they attended St. Marks United Methodist church and she was a member of the Lakewood Garden Club. 

Helen stayed at home raising her family until they were teenagers when she began working at Galena Park High School.  Through her involvement chaperoning school trips, the Friday night dances, and in the Methodist Youth Group, she became known as “another mother” to so many. 

She and Jack were football season ticket holders for the Yellow Jackets and very rarely missed a game, before and after their children graduated. Living only four houses behind the high school, Friday afternoons or Saturdays most always meant Helen would have a buffet of spaghetti or Chicken Dorito casserole for anyone needing a quick meal while participating in activities. Chaperoning her children’s events and being the helping hand was her second nature. 

Helen loved camping at Garner State Park and did so for many years beginning in high school. She and her family would always have extra campers….. ”But mom, Mrs. Ballard will be there and I can stay with her.”  Dancing the night away at the pavilion, sitting in the Frio, and meeting so many lifelong friends were among the things she loved the most.

These friends as well as the many she cherished throughout her life were all considered family. Helen cherished being “Granny B” to her nine grandchildren and four great grandchildren and was always so happy to see them enjoying camping at Garner and making wonderful memories of their own.

Helen was preceded in death by her husband of 60 years, Jack D. Ballard, parents Bill and Addie Fraser, sister-in-law, Faye Moore and husband JC and sister-in-law Mary Jewel Looney and husband Virgil. 

Helen is survived by her son, David James Ballard and wife Renee of Channelview, and daughters Helen Diane Hall and husband Chip of Brenham and Dana Jean Havel and husband John of Schulenburg,  grandchildren; Jessica Harris and husband Cody, Amanda Moon and husband Matt, Brittany Graves and husband Zach, Taylor Ballard, John Hall, Laura Helen Honeycutt and husband Tim, Kendall Carter, Katie Carter, Kyle Carter and great-grandchildren; Addison Moon, Parker Harris, Audrey Harris and Everly Graves. As well as, her nieces, nephews and their families, and the many cherished friends and neighbors who touched her life.

The Memorial Service celebrating the life of Helen Ballard will be held Saturday, September 22, 2018 at 10 a.m., St. Marks United Methodist Church, 3811 N. Main, Baytown, Texas.

In lieu of usual remembrances, please consider a donation in Helen’s memory to:  Friends of Garner State Park, 234 Ranch Road 1050, Concan, TX 78838 with memo “In Memory of Helen Ballard” or St. Marks UMC, “A Road to Recovery” Program, 3811 N. Main, Baytown, TX  77521.