Marsha Alexander Ballard, 73, of Owensboro, passed away February 20, 2021 at home. She was born October 27, 1947 to the late R.A. (Judge) and Agnes Murphy Alexander. Marsha attended Owensboro Catholic High and worked as Secretary Treasurer of R.A. Alexander & Sons and then served as President and owner until her retirement in 2010.
Marsha, her mother Agnes and aunt Hazel Murphy owned Chatter Box Ceramics, where they shared their creative talents. She loved scrapbooking, especially with her sister Deb and best friend, Barb Ballard and her daughters-in-law.
Marsha loved to travel, especially trips to the Smoky Mountains with family and friends, trips to Savannah, GA with her husband and cruises with her family. But her specialty was cooking great meals for her family, going boating (she could still water ski in her 50’s) and playing cards (usually winning) with her family. Marsha loved going to car races with her boys and shopping with her daughter, especially purse shopping.
She lived her Catholic faith and loved her Immaculate Parish. Marsha participated in the RCIA program with her grandchildren and taught CCD classes in the 70’s and 80’s at Blessed Mother Parish and Immaculate Catholic Church.
Marsha was selected 1974-1975 Woman of the Year by BETA Sigma Phi for her charitable and leadership roles in life. All without fanfare or glory. But her greatest honor was being wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother (Nana, Mar-Mar and Gi-Gi) to her family. Her Lord got her through cancer because He needed her to help cheer up the other cancer patients living at the Hope Lodge at Vanderbilt.
Besides her parents, she was also preceded in death by a brother, Jerry Alexander.
Marsha is survived by her husband of 56 years, George Ballard; sons, George David (Lisa) Ballard, Mark Alan (Jessica) Ballard; daughter, Katherine Marie (Billy) Wermuth, of Louisville; grandchildren, Stephen Ballard of New Hampshire, Cassie Ballard (Ethan Phillips), Kirstie (Aaron) Hagan, of Owensboro, Nick (Alexa) Brunner, Nathan (JoAnna) Brunner and Noah Brunner, of Louisville, Tyler and Bailey Ballard of Owensboro; great-grandchildren, Grayson Ballard, Chloe Phillips and Willow Hagan. She is also survived by a brother, Bill Alexander and sister, Debbie (Willie) Masterson of Owensboro and a host of nieces, nephews and cousins.
A Funeral Mass will be 10:00 a.m. Tuesday at Immaculate Catholic Church. Burial will follow at Resurrection Cemetery. Visitation will be 2:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Monday, at Glenn Funeral Home and Crematory.
Those attending the visitation and/or Funeral Mass shall be within current health and safety directives. Family and friends shall wear appropriate personal protective masks and social distance. Please enter the doors under the carport on the Triplett Street side of the building.
Expressions of sympathy may take the form of contributions to Hospice of Western Kentucky, 3419 Wathen’s Crossing, Owensboro, KY 42301 or the Hope Lodge, 2008 Charlotte Ave, Nashville, TN 37203.
Memories and condolences for the family may be shared at www.glenncares.com