Beloved mother and grandmother, Norma Riffe Ballard, of Peterstown, Va., and formerly of 185 Logan Ave. Sharon, passed away Friday (6-28-13) at Giles Community Hospital in Pearisburg, Va. She was 91.
Norma “Tutu” Ballard was born in Lindside, W.Va., on Sept. 29, 1921. She was a daughter of the late Benjamin F. and Virgie McGhee Riffe.
She grew up in an era when ladies wore gloves to town and maintained a lifelong love of style and travel. Norma wed Clarence Arthur “Buddy” Ballard on October 18, 1944. While Buddy was in the Navy, Norma answered her own call to duty by working as a tank welder during World War II.
Following the war, the happy couple moved to Sharon. There, Norma worked at The Sharon Store, where she was a representative for many popular cosmetic companies including Estee Lauder. After retirement and the birth of her first granddaughter, Norma returned to West Virginia where she enjoyed working at Nelson’s Ladies Shop in Princeton, W. Va.
She was a member of the Eastside Baptist (Disciples of Christ) in Sharon.
In addition to her parents and husband, Norma was preceded in death by an infant daughter Norma Jane Ballard; one sister, DeLois Land; and four brothers Bill, Richard, John and Carroll Riffe.
Norma is survived by her daughter Gayle, and her husband, Dickie Allen, of Lindside, W. Va.; two granddaughters, Angela M. Allen Esq. and her husband, Charles Fretterd of Raleigh, N.C., and Tiffany and her husband, Kyle Ward, of Durham, N.C; two sisters, Susie Riffe of Greenville, and Betty and her husband, Dick Moore, of Hermitage; one brother, Clifford “Shorty” Riffe and his wife, Selva, of Transfer, as well as numerous nieces and nephews.
Calling hours: 6 to 8 p.m. today (6-30-13) at WICKLINE FUNERAL HOME, Lindside, W.Va. and noon to 1 p.m. Monday (7-1-13) at Lindside United Methodist Church, Lindside, W.Va.
Service: 1 p.m. Monday (7-1-13) at the church with Rev. Brent Brown officiating.
Burial: Peterstown Cemetery in Giles County, Va. Pallbearers will include Charles Fretterd, Kyle Ward, Bill Utterback, Todd Mann, Robert “Bob” Wickline and Steve Atwill. Jack Harvey and Jimmie Allen will serve as honorary pallbearers.