Claire Ann (Thomas) Ballard, 84, passed from this life Wednesday, December 29, 2021, at Frederick Health Hospital in Frederick, MD surrounded by her children. She was born October 2, 1937, in Baltimore, MD to the late Vernon and Verena (Hesmar) Thomas. She was the beloved wife of Robert (Bob) Eugene Ballard, Sr., for 62 years who preceded her in death in July 2021.
Before moving to Walkersville in 1997, she resided in Baltimore, MD where she graduated from Seton High School in 1956. She married her high school sweetheart, Bob, in 1959. She was a stay-at-home mom who eventually owned and operated an in-home daycare, and later worked for Sprint as a relay operator until retiring in 2002. She was most content spending time at home with her family, especially her husband. She enjoyed reading, cooking, decorating, craft shows, gardening, and weekend trips. She was homebound so she could no longer do some of these things. She was a loving wife, mother and grandmother and would do anything she could for her family.
In addition to her parents and husband Bob, Claire was preceded in death by her two brothers: William Thomas and Kenneth Thomas. She is survived by her brother John (Jack) Thomas, (Cheryl), her two children; Bonnie Ballard, and Robert Ballard, Jr., and her four grandchildren; Abigail, Andrew, Samuel and Nicholas.
The family will receive friends from to 2-4PM on Friday, January 14, 2022 at Stauffer Funeral Home, 1621 Opossumtown Pike, Frederick, MD 21702.
A Mass of Christian burial will take place at 11AM on Saturday, January 15, 2022, at St. Timothy's Catholic Church, 8651 Biggs Ford Road in Walkersville, MD. Father Peter Gevera will be the celebrant.
Interment will be at Resthaven Memorial Gardens in Frederick, MD.
Memorial donations may be made to: Saint Jude Children’s Research Hospital