Rita Mae (Schwarzer) Ballard

Rita Mae (Schwarzer) Ballard

Ballard, Rita Mae (Schwarzer), 88, passed away November 24, 2016 at Essex Nursing Home in Louisville, with her family by her side, after an 8 year battle with Alzheimer's.

She is preceded in death by her husband, James (Jay) Ballard; and a brother, J.D. Schwarzer.

Rita Mae is survived by sons, Marty (Janet), Bruce (Sharon), and Kevin (Mary) Ballard; a daughter, Linda Denny (Jack); grandchildren, Dawn Watson (Christopher), Chris Ballard (Sandy), Stephanie Embrey (Kevin), Scott Ballard (Jamie), Craig Ballard, Jimmy Denny, Jaque Denny, and Jennifer Ballard; 10 great-grandchildren; twin sister, Dorothy Steinlage, and sister, Louise Mudd.

A Funeral Mass will be Friday at 11:00AM at St. Peter the Apostle Catholic Church 5433 Johnsontown Road with Fa. Bill Burks officiating. Entombment is in Louisville Memorial Gardens West. Visitation is Thursday 2:00-8:00 PM at Owen Funeral Home 5317 Dixie Hwy., and also Friday after 9:00AM.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Rita's name to WHAS Crusade for Children.

The family would like to thank the staff of Essex Nursing Home for their Excellent care over the years.

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