|Birth: ||Mar. 22, 1914|
District Of Columbia, USA
|Death: ||Jun. 10, 2000|
Wichita Eagle, Saturday, June 17, 2000
As an orphan, Alice Christopher Ballard knew all about hard times.
Perhaps that's why, when she became an adult, she worked so hard for the rights of the young.
"My mother had a heart for children," said Amanda Johnson, Mrs. Ballard's daughter. "I saw her the most sincere when she was working at the Children's Home.
Mrs. Ballard, the past director of the Phyllis Wheatley Children's Home and Day Care and founder and president of the Wichita Chapter of the Links, died June 9. She was 86.
Services will be at 10 a.m. Monday at the St. Paul AME Church.
"She would really fight for those children - and wanted them all to have as much of a normal upbringing as possible. She fought for them to have an allowance, to go shopping for their own clothes and go roller skating on the weekends. She wanted them to have family. . . . They called her Aunt Alice."
She was born Alice Hill on March 22, 1914, in Washington, D.C. When she was 12, her father died; two years later, her mother died.
Despite being in and out of foster homes as a teen, Mrs. Ballard kept in close contact with her three sisters and maintained family ties the best she could, Johnson said.
As a child, Mrs. Ballard yearned to be a Girl Scout. But at that time, the organization was closed to racial minorities. But she persevered and became Washington's first black Girl Scout.
Mrs. Ballard later attended Howard University and the National Recreation Institute. She was one of four African-American women to attend Edythe Macy, the training school for professional Girl Scout staff.
In 1958, Mrs. Ballard moved to Wichita. She served as the executive director of the Phyllis Wheatley Children's Home and Day Care from 1960 to 1975. The home helped provide a familylike environment for orphans and children from troubled families.
"She worked for years without much recognition," said Johnson, who lives in Detroit. "She was one of the lowest paid United Way executives in the city. She had no benefits and no burial policy. Yet what she did was selfless."
While she lived in Wichita, Mrs. Ballard worked as president of the Urban League Guild, president and founder of the Iota Phi Lambda Sorority, president and founder of Links, a member of the Eastern Star and a past recipient of the "Ten Who Care" award from KAKE, Channel 10.
More recently, she worked as a site manager for the Red Cross Good Nutrition Program.
Besides her daughter, Mrs. Ballard is survived by a sister, Frances Carter of Sarasota, Fla.; and five grandchildren.
Wichita Eagle, Sunday, June 18, 2000
Ballard, Alice, 86, former Phyliss Wheatley Children's Home director, died Friday, June 9, 2000. Service 10 a.m. Monday, St. Paul A.M.E.
Survivors: daughter, Amonda Johnson of Detroit; sister, Frances Carter of Sarasota, Fla.; five grandchildren. Jackson Mortuary.
Benjamin Ballard (1900 - 1993)*
Mission Chapel Mausoleum
Plot: Serenity, East, Row OMM, Level 7
Created by: Bill Pennington
Record added: Sep 04, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 75987567
David G. Stuart
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