Sarah McDowell Ballard

The Morning Herald
August 5, 1901


Died August the Second,
Sarah McDowell Ballard

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 of 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.


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