Published in the Daily Progress on August 24, 2011
Arline Spencer Ballard, born on October 6, 1910, passed away
on Thursday, August 18, 2011, in Leonardtown, Maryland, at
Saint Mary's Nursing Center shortly after a recent fall.
Arline lived 100 years in this world and leaves family and
friends behind who will miss her dearly.
She was born to Myra Leahy Spencer and William Warren
Spencer in Washington, D.C.
She is predeceased by her husband, Stanley Conant Ballard,
a native of Lexington, Massachusetts.
Arline and Stan's daughters are Susan Ballard Kreckman of Leonardtown, Maryland, and
Judith Ballard Ely of Charlottesville. Judith's husband is Michael Gary Ely. Arline's
grandchildren are Kevin Michael Ely of Arlington, and Lisa Michelle Ely of Herndon. Her
daughter-in-law, Rebecca Harrison Ely, married to Kevin, is the mother of Arline's two
great-grandchildren, Sean Conant Ely and Miles Harrison Ely.
Arline grew up in Washington, D.C. She was a member of the award winning rifle teams
at Central High School (27) in the District and George Washington University where
she received a degree in economics and library science.
She spent her early working years at the Red Cross in Washington and after moving to
Boston, Massachusetts, was a millinery merchandiser. She attended Simmons College
in Boston toward her masters' degree in merchandising. It was there that she met and
married her husband, Stanley, of Lexington, Massachusetts, to whom she was married
for 57 years until his death.
Her two daughters were born in Lexington. Arline taught in the Lexington, Massachusetts
school system before the family moved to Easton, Maryland, in 1960. She taught in
Centreville, Maryland, after taking graduate courses at American University and receiving
her certification as a Maryland teacher and school librarian.
Arline then worked as a school librarian at Colonel Richardson High School in Caroline
County, Maryland, retiring in 1982. She and Stan moved to Waldorf, Maryland in 1993 to
live with her daughter, Susan, and to receive care nearby for Stan's failing health.
After he passed away, Arline and Susan moved to Leonardtown in 2000 where they lived
until Arline's recent death. She spent much time with her daughter, Judi, in Charlottesville
Arline remained well read, well spoken, and was endlessly curious about politics, sports
and the world around her until her recent fall. All that a mother's love can do for her
children, she did for her daughters and family. She had adapted from a childhood in
Washington with gas lights, carriages and street cars to life in the current times with a
spirit of moving forward, dealing with the challenges and changes around her, always with
spunk and determination. May God lead her now to a restful place.
There will be a private interment service at the Oxford Cemetery in Oxford, Maryland, this
Arrangements are being provided by Brinsfield-Echols Funeral Home, P.A. in Charlotte