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Clara Ellen Ballard
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CLARA ELLEN BALLARD, 99, of Springfield, passed away on Saturday morning, January 27, 2018 at the Springfield Masonic Community, Pathways. She was born in Springfield on September 15, 1918, the daughter of the late Clarence and Elma (Telge) Castillo. She was a 1936 graduate of Springfield High School and received additional schooling in industry and real estate at Hondros College and Wittenberg University. Clara worked as interviewer for the United States Employment Service during WWII, as a receptionist for Dr. E.W. Schilke for 14 years and as a realtor for Jo Denney Realty (later Steve Brownlee Realty) for over 20 years. She was a member of Covenant Presbyterian Church, Young Women's Mission, Shriners Widows Club, and the Spryliters. She had volunteered at Community Hospital and the Animal Welfare League. In 1999, Clara was voted "Ms. Congeniality" in the Ms. Senior Arizona Pageant. She enjoyed dancing her entire life, teaching and entertaining well into her later years. She was preceded in death by her husband of 61 years, Rodman Ballard and two brothers, Maurice and Donald Castillo. Survivors include nieces, Karen (Andrew) Spiess of Pilot Hill, California, Janine Allen of El Dorado Hills, California and Marianne Winther of Tucson, Arizona and nephews, Alan Castillo and David (Charyl) Castillo, both of Springfield. Clara's graveside funeral service will be held at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday in Ferncliff Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the Animal Welfare League, 6330 Willowdale Rd., Springfield, OH 45502.

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Ferncliff Cemetery

501 W. McCreight Ave.
Springfield, OH 45504

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Ferncliff Cemetery

501 W. McCreight Ave.
Springfield, OH 45504


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