Iris Ballard


Iris Ballard, 96, died Wednesday, Feb. 7, 2018.

Iris was born Oct. 16, 1921, and grew up in Bedias. She married G.W. Ballard and the couple lived in Freeport for 40 years. Iris was a homemaker and a seamstress during this time. In 1962, she worked for several years as a secretary to the music minister at the First Baptist Church in Freeport. In 1965, she then went to work for Carnation Milk Co. as a bookkeeper. In 1970, she started working for Gulf Supply Co., also in Freeport, until her retirement in 1983.

The couple moved to Madisonville in 1983 and were very active in her church, First Baptist Church of Madisonville. She was a seamstress in Madisonville until she moved to Bartlesville in March of 2007, where she lived until her death.

She is preceded in death by her mother and father, John Hill Luther Tyer and Agnes Tyer of Bedias; husband G.W. Ballard of Madisonville; and sister Dorothy Carmical of Pasadena.

Iris is survived by her daughter, Kay Herring and husband Bob and son David Ballard; grandchildren Kerry Ingersoll and husband Warren, Jay Herring and wife Angela, John Paul Brent Ballard and wife Rebecca and Julie Marcantel and husband Mike; great-grandchildren Autumn Ingersoll, Konner Ingersoll, Colton Ingersoll, Christopher Ingersoll, Karson Ingersoll, Kaytlee Ingersoll, Alyx Herring, Johnathan Kidd, Lily Ingersoll-Kidd, Amanda Marcantel, Audrey Ballard and Darby Ballard; and great-great-grandchild Landon Ryan Hurst.

Funeral services will be held Tuesday, Feb. 13, at 10 a.m. at First Baptist Church of Madisonville, with the Rev. Jim Adams officiating. Interment will follow in the Bedias Baptist Cemetery in Bedias.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to The Journey Home at 900 N. Washington Blvd., Bartlesville, OK 74006, or the Washington-Osage Baptist Association Disaster Relief Fund at 3801 N.E. Maryland St., Bartlesville, OK 74006.

Madisonville Funeral Home in Madisonville was in charge of all local arrangements.