October 26, 2023


Evelyn M. Ballard

October 4, 1934 - October 23, 2023

Evelyn M. Ballard, a resident of Amite, LA, passed away peacefully at her home, to go home to be with her beloved Savior, on Monday, October 23, 2023. She was born on October 4, 1934 and was 89 years of age. She was a very kind and loving person who did most  things, “HER WAY” until the end. Her faith in GOD was tremendously strong. 

She is survived by three daughters, Donna Dozier, St. Rose, LA, Carol Pansano, and husband, Mitchell Pansano, Harahan, LA, and Milissa Fitzpatrick, Amite, LA; sisters, Estelle Neal, Harahan, LA and Katherine Jenkins, Roseland, LA; and a brother, Monroe Rutland, Jr. and wife, Marilyn, Roseland, LA; sisters-in-law, Sally Verdel and husband, Winfrey, Bogalusa, LA and Clara Ballard, Albuquerque, NM; grandchildren, Joseph Dozier, Vincent Dozier (Nancy),Cori Lewis (Jerry), Mitchell Pansano (Ashley), Kelly Fitzpatrick, Scott Fitzpatrick (Abby), Katelyn Fitzpatrick, and Timothy Normand; great-grandchildren, Joseph Dozier, Jr., Davon Dozier, Carley Dozier, Delilah Dozier, Brayden Dozier, Molly Lewis, Connor Lewis, Madison Pansano, Mallory Pansano, Makenna Pansano, Nevaeh Normand, Noah Fitzpatrick, and Piper Fitzpatrick; numerous nieces and nephews; very special friends, Lelia and Cliff Buniff, Herman and Penny Newell, Sharon Jones, Charlsa Ellison, Kathy White, Kelly Rainey, Carolyn Bellue, Norma Price, Ava Ballard, and Diane Creel. 

Preceded in death by her husband, Gaston E. Ballard; father, George Gibson; mother, Eloise Rutland; step-father, Monroe Rutland, Sr.; sister, Louise Murphy; and brother, Sidney Rutland. 

Special thanks to Shea Edwards, NP, the Modern Home Health and Hospice and the Fireman from Tangipahoa Parish Fire District #1 in Amite, LA. 

Visitation at McKneely Funeral Home, Amite, from 10:00AM until religious services at 12:00 Noon on Friday, October 27, 2023. Services conducted by Rev. Larry Blades. 

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to E. Ballard Fund, Tangipahoa Parish Fire District #1, P. O. Box 279, Amite, LA 70422

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