Katherine Ann “Kathie” Ballard, age 71 of Marengo, Iowa, died Saturday, August 23, 2014 at Rose Haven Nursing Home, Marengo. Memorial Services will be 2:00 P.M. Saturday, September 20, 2014, Kloster Funeral Home, Marengo. The family will receive friends on Saturday after 1:00 P.M. until service time at the funeral home. Memorials may be contributed to Essence of Life Hospice, Amana, Iowa, in her name.
She is survived by her husband Billy D. Ballard of Marengo; a daughter Barb Ballard of Vinton; a son Billy K. Ballard and wife Kelsie of Marengo; three grandchildren, Blake Heller, Lisa Heller, and Sidney Ballard; and three great-grandchildren, Maddex Heller, Aralynn Rigle and Easton Anderson. Her sister, Mary Ann Boardman and husband Jim of Cedar Rapids also survive. Kathie’s parents preceded her in death.
Katherine Ann Houseman was born August 15, 1943 in Kansas City, Missouri, the daughter of Mardis Keith Houseman and Katherine Honora Winborn Houseman. She graduated from the Williamsburg High School with the Class of 1961 and attended the University of Iowa, Iowa City. Katherine married Billy D.Ballard on July 6, 1962 in Iowa City. She was a free-lance arts and crafts designer and teacher for many years.
Kathie was a past member of Rotary Club, and past president and member of the Society of Arts and Crafts Designers. She enjoyed music and served as church bell choir director at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church in Williamsburg. But the moments that Kathie cherished most were those she spent with her family and her grandchildren. She loved attending the grandchildren’s many activities and events.