Betty L. Ballard

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Betty Lou Ballard, 76, of West Chestnut Street, Asheville, died Tuesday, April 10, 2001, at Memorial Mission Hospital after a brief illness.

Betty was a crossword puzzle expert, a voracious mystery reader, and all-around wise woman.

A native and life-long resident of Buncombe County, Betty was born May 6, 1924 in West End, the daughter of the late Helen Westmoreland Boyd Bird and William Cummins Boyd, and step-daughter of the late Ralph Bird. She was also preceded in death by her husband of fifty-five years, S.G. Ballard.

She is survived by her daughter, Byron Ballard; son Robert Ballard; daughter-in-law Lisa Ballard; son-in-law, Joe Fioccola; and four grandchildren, Jason, Brandie and Michael Ballard and Kate Fioccola, all of Asheville, as well as numerous cousins and close friends.

Her family will receive friends at 6:00 pm Friday at home.

Graveside rites with Gershwin and a little Shakespeare will be held at the Westmoreland family plot at Green Hills Cemetery at 2:00 pm Saturday. A wake at her daughter Byron’s home in West End will follow the service.

Flowers are acceptable and appreciated. Those desiring to make a memorial contribution are encouraged to consider the American Cancer Society.

Groce Funeral Home on Patton Avenue is in charge of the arrangements.

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