Mildred P. Ballard
Mildred P. Ballard
WELLS — Mrs. Mildred Pratt Ballard, 99, of Wells died at her home on September 12, 2013.
She was born July 29, 1914, in Wells, the daughter of Floyd and Hattie (Phillips) Pratt.
Mildred graduated from Troy Conference Academy (now Green Mountain College) and Castleton Normal School (now Castleton State College). She married Raymond Ballard on August 31, 1933, in West Rupert, Vt. Early in their married life, Mildred taught grades 1-8 at the West Tinmouth School, a one-room schoolhouse located a short distance from their home. When she and Raymond started their family, she stayed at home to raise their children and to be an active partner in their dairy farm and maple sugaring operation.
Mildred was a longtime 4-H leader, having her own 4-H club and later assisting with other area clubs. She enjoyed making cheese and butter, and sewing patchwork quilts. She also enjoyed genealogy and was very proud of her Scottish ancestry.
She loved family gatherings, especially during holidays and special occasions. Her cats were very important to her, and she always had one or more of them as companions.
At the time of her death, she had the distinction of being the oldest resident of the Town of Wells, where she had resided her entire life.
Mildred is survived by two daughters, Brenda (Wayne) Chmielewski and Joy (Lee) Sendra, both of Wells; seven grandchildren, Mark, Vicky, Gary, Deborah, Barbara, Jeffery and William; 10 great-grandchildren, Justin, Jeremy, Kerri, Christopher, Erik, Brittany, Alyssa, Megan, Amanda and Samantha; two great-great-grandchildren, Caden and Mikaela; and her beloved cat, Snowball. She is also survived by two sisters, Marie Perry of Nebo, N.C., and Ada Polianos of Peoria, Ariz., and one brother, Conrad Pratt of Madison, N.Y.; also by her daughter-in-law, Bonnie Ballard, and her son-in-law, Lyndon Chapin.
She was predeceased by her husband, Raymond; her daughter, Sylvia Chapin; her son, Raymond Ballard Jr.; her sister, Jennie Stewart; and her brother, Stanley Pratt.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, September 18, 2013, at the Roberts-Aubin Funeral Home, located at 266 Allen Ave., Poultney, Vt. The Rev. Deborah Estey, pastor of the United Methodist Church of Rutland, will officiate.
Burial will follow in the Wells cemetery.
The family would like to thank Mattie Scott for her assistance and care of Mildred during her final days.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Second Chance Animal Center, PO Box 620, Shaftsbury, VT 05262; The Rutland County Humane Society, 765 Stevens Road, Pittsford, VT 05763; or Bayada Hospice Foundation, Gryphon Building, Suite 310, 56½ Merchants Row, Rutland, VT 05701.
Arrangements are under the direction of the Roberts-Aubin Funeral Home.