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Marzel Eddith Fortner Ballard

  • Birth 24 Jul 1918 Arkansas, USA
  • Death 24 Oct 2011 Niles, Berrien County, Michigan, USA
  • Burial Berrien Center, Berrien County, Michigan, USA
  • Plot Block G, Lot 50, Row 1
  • Memorial ID 41260528

Obituary Date: 27 Oct 2011
Newspaper Title: Niles Daily Star
Newspaper Location: Niles, MI, USA

Eddith Ballard, 93 / July 24, 1918 Oct. 24, 2011

Published 11:29pm Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Eddith Marzel (Fortner) Ballard, 93, of Niles, passed away at her home on Monday, Oct. 24, 2011 with her family by her side.

Marzel was born on July 24, 1918 to the late Charles and Dora (Adkisson) Fortner in Mt. Vernon, Ark. She was one of seven children.

On May 13, 1939, Marzel wed the love of her life, Cecil Ray Ballard, at a ceremony in Cardwell, Mo. Together they had three children. Marzel faithfully worked as a dietician for the former Pawating Hospital in Niles until her retirement in 1980.

Marzel loved to watch the cooking channel, and with that came her love to cook for her family. She was a very crafty person and when she was younger Marzel loved sewing, embroidery and arts and crafts. Marzel was also an avid bird watcher, it gave her great joy and relaxation to watch a hummingbird buzz around.

She is preceded in death by her parents; husband, Cecil Ballard; son ,Harold (Shirley) Ballard; grandson, Joe Whitfield; granddaughter, Candice Kandi Ballard; and siblings, Aubrey Fortner, Lucille Riggs, Oleta Freeman, Elsie Fortner, Elvin Fortner and D.C. Fortner.

Eddith is survived by her children, Linda Ballard of Niles and David (Carol) Ballard of Niles; grandchildren, Debbie (John) Davis of Schwartz Creek, Mich., Greg Ballard of Union, Mich., Gina (Tim) Karasek of St. Johns, Mich., Wendy Jordan of Niles, Jamie Ballard of Niles, Belinda (Dan) Byrd of Niles, Melissa (Will) Warner-Talcott of South Haven, Mich. and Trisha Ballard of Niles; great-grandchildren, Alison, Kristen, Challis, Kelsey, Christopher, Reagan, Andrew, Richard, Courtney, Jacob, Jenna, Jarrod, Cassidy and Landon; daughter-in-law, Carla Collmer of Niles; sister-in-law, Carrie Fortner of Berrien Center, Mich.; and foster mom, friend and wonderful caregiver, Marsha Kennedy of Niles.

Funeral services to honor Marzels life will be held on Friday, Oct. 28, at 10 a.m. at Brown Funeral Home, with a time of visitation on Thursday from 5 to 7 p.m.
Marzel will be interred at Union Cemetery in Berrien Center, Mich.

Memorial donations may be made in Marzels memory to Lakeland Hospice.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Brown Funeral Home of Niles.


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  • Created by: Cathy Benedict
  • Added: 28 Aug 2009
  • Find A Grave Memorial 41260528
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Marzel Eddith Fortner Ballard (24 Jul 1918–24 Oct 2011), Find A Grave Memorial no. 41260528, citing Union Cemetery, Berrien Center, Berrien County, Michigan, USA ; Maintained by Cathy Benedict (contributor 47127631) .