Madonna Camille Ballard passed away on Saturday, July 18, 2020, at the age of 80, leaving behind a trove of adoring family, friends, admirers, and a legacy of compassion and resilience.
Since birth, on April 5, 1940 in Flatonia, Texas, she has tirelessly devoted herself to others – her family, friends, and her community. In her 40+ years of being a resident of Alvin, Texas she not only owned and operated her own business, Helen’s Flowers, she was an active member of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church where she served in the Catholic Daughters of America for 16 years.
Madonna Ballard earned many accolades, one being Alvin-Manvel Chamber of Commerce “Volunteer of the Year,” which she later went on to serve as Chairmen. Madonna also served on the Board of Directors for Brazoria County Children’s Protective Services, was a member of Keep Alvin Beautiful, Rotary Club, and Chair of the Annual Thanksgiving Day Feast. These give only a glimpse into the ways she volunteered, served, and tirelessly tended to the needs of those around her.
Madonna’s gentle nature and upbeat personality never allowed for a stranger to leave without becoming a friend. Without even knowing it, she taught each of us that the most charitable gift you can give someone is a simple smile and a kind word.
Madonna Ballard lived a life well loved. She now rejoins those who preceded her in death – father, John Orsak; mother, Mary Margaret Doherty Orsak Holman; and two brothers, John Orsak and Col. Peter Michael “Mike” Orsak.
The matriarch of our family – her faith in God, which expressed itself through her love for people, is the foundation in which her children and their families, and the generations to come, will stand upon. She is survived by three daughters: Neysa Choate and husband Marty (of Floresville, TX), Tobi Shea and husband Gregg (of San Antonio, TX), Courtney Mitchell and husband Guy (of Alvin, TX); son, Noel Ballard and wife Susan (of Alvin, TX); eleven grandchildren: Cameron Choate, Zachary Murphy, Taylor Choate, Jessica Morton, Brooke Johnson, Alicia Shea, Faith Dahl, Kaitlynn Shea, Brennan Dahl, Chloe Ballard, and Andrew Ballard; and great-grandchildren: Stephan and Eric Morton; and long-time companion, James Tennyson.
Madonna Ballard was naturally artistic and took to anything that allowed for self-expression through creativity. Full of energy, she had a love for dancing, playing softball, grabbing dinner after church with her girlfriends, and going to “the show.” As she slowed down, later in life, you could find her sitting on her front porch, iced tea with a little sugar in hand, watching the birds fly by. Everything Madonna Ballard did, she did with love.
May we all aspire to enter each day courageously, giving as freely of our hearts as our beloved Madonna did, until we see her radiant smile again.
Visitation was held from 3:00 P.M. to 6:00 P.M. Sunday, July 26, 2020 at Scott Funeral Home. A private family funeral mass was celebrated at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, Monday, July 27, 2020.
In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to Alzheimer’s Association, American Heart Assoc., or Catholic Daughters, Alvin, Texas.
Arrangements under the direction of the Scott Family, 1421 East Hwy 6, Alvin, Texas 77511. (281) 585-1000 www.scottfuneralhome.net