Sarah McDowell Ballard

The Morning Herald
August 5, 1901

Died August the Second, 1901
The death of Mrs. Bland Ballard, of Louisville, recorded in these columns on Saturday, is one keenly felt by many relatives and friends in this community.  Mrs. Ballard was the daughter of Dr. William Adair McDowell, of Louisville, Ky., previously of Fincastle, VA., and the sister of the late Major H. C. McDowell of this city.  Her husband was Judge Ballard, appointed to the Federal bench by President Lincoln, and one of Kentucky's most honored jurists.

  It is difficult in recording the life of a woman such as was Mrs.. Ballard to say anything which will fitly express the value and influence of that life.  She, herself, would have wanted no other praise than that she was the daughter of one citizen who had fitly done his duty to his family and to his state, and the wife of another, and that she also had done as best she was able  her duty as daughter, wife and mother.  Yet it is probable that no one ever came into contact with Mrs. Ballard without realizing that she was a remarkable woman both as to mind and character.  Her most striking trait was perhaps a certain justness of mind; and after that, an abundant sympathy.  Though she lived to old age, her sympathies were at the time on her death as active, as broad, as youthful one might say, as at any time during her life.  She was as much beloved, as eagerly gone to for comfort, for counsel, and for mere sympathetic interest by the young people of her family and acquaintance as by her own contemporaries.  It was difficult ever to think of her as old; she was the friend and companion  always of her children and grandchildren.  In her fairness of temperament, her high sense of duty, her strictness and liberality in her judgments of others.  Mrs. Ballard was much like her brother, Major McDowell.  Her vigor and clearness of mind, the energy of her disposition would, had she been a man, have won for her a distinguished career in any walk of life.  As a woman, the career which she chose, that of wife and mother, of friend and companion is distinguished and glorified by her fulfilling of it in the hearts of many.

Mrs. Ballard's beauty, her graciousness of presence, her animation made her always a great favorite in society; yet, at her death, no tributes of grief were sincerer than the ones that came from those who in the humblest walks of life had come in contact with her.  She was kind, tactful patient, and her nature was social, both in the ordinary and in the highest sense of that word, in that she loved her fellowmen.

What has been said may seem exaggerated praise, but the writer feels that nobility in womanhood can best be fostered when just tribute is made to those who have well, deserved it.  The Herald has lost in Mrs. Ballard one who has been an appreciative and an appreciated reader of these columns in recent years, and it considers that at this time it's testimony to the loss which the community has sustained in her death should not be lacking



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