Helen Nadine Ballard of Corsicana, Texas went to her eternal reward on September 12, 2020. Helen Ballard was born Helen Nadine Lockhart in Tupelo, Texas on February 26, 1925 to parents C.W. (Charlie) and Annie Mary Lockhart.
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Helen attended elementary school in a one room schoolhouse in Tupelo where her teacher was her cousin, Mary Mell Lockhart. Her older brother, Alex Lockhart, would sometimes ride up to the school on horseback and Helen would slip undetected out of her seat, hop on the back of the horse, and off they would go.
Helen graduated from Rice High School as salutatorian in 1943. When she was only 16 Pearl Harbor was bombed. Immediately after graduation at age 18, she headed out to help in the war effort, choosing patriotism above secondary education even though she was a scholarship recipient. She and her sister, Annie Christine (affectionately referred to as Tine), accepted employment at Consolidated in Ft Worth, Texas, where they riveted the B-24 Bomber, also named The Liberator. Helen is an official member of the American Rosie the Riveter Association. Helen and her sister saved their pennies and after the war purchased a small farm in Tupelo which is still in the family today. Mrs. Ballard retired from Adam’s Hat Factory in Corsicana after 31 years.
Mrs. Ballard was a life-long Texan, living in the Tupelo area, Pursley, and Corsicana. She loved her savior and she loved people. She was known as a kind, giving, and loving person and always was known to have a smile on her face. Attending her church, Trinity Assembly of God in Corsicana, Texas was her favorite activity.
She is preceded in death by her husband, Leo F. Christen; her father, Charlie Lockhart; her mother, Annie Mary Lockhart; her brother, Alex Lockhart ; her sister Annie Christine Lockhart Riddle and brother-in-law J.O. Riddle; her sister in-law, Lady Lockhart; her niece, Alexis Lockhart Cansler; her nephew Jeffrey Lockhart; her sons-in-law James Blackmon and Paul Hardy; and her grandson Lance Hardy.
Helen is survived by her son, Charles W. Christen and daughter in- law Gloria Christen of Roanoke, Virginia; her son Leo Christen of Corsicana; her daughter Darlene Christen Blackmon Hardy of Waxahachie; her grandchildren James Paul Blackmon of Seattle, Kelli Christen Hardy McGuire and Sean McGuire of St. Louis, Chuck and Carrie Hardy of Leander, Brandon and Angelica Hardy of Ft. Meyers, Heather Hardy of Ft. Worth, Debbie and Brandon Bell of Roanoke, Virginia, Wesley and Jen Gilley of Oklahoma City; and her great grandchildren, Hannah, Jeff, and Halie Gilley of Oklahoma City, Carissa Hardy of Leander, Mason Hardy of Ft. Myers and Sarah and Parker Bell of Roanoke, Virginia.
Funeral services will be held at Trinity Assembly of God, 109 FM 2452, Corsicana, on Saturday, September 19 at 2:30 PM with Rev. James Williams officiating. Interment will follow at Calvary Catholic Cemetery in Corsicana, where she will be laid to rest beside her late husband, Leo.
The wearing of masks and social distancing will be enforced.
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