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Nathalie Cameron (Ewing) Ballard

Nathalie Cameron (Ewing) Ballard, age 86, and long-time summer resident of North Hero, VT, went home to be with the Lord on Thursday, 16 Jun 2022.

Nathalie was born on May 5, 1936, in Ipswich, the daughter of the late Earl Morton Ewing and Katherine (Cameron) Ewing. Nathalie exceled in school, earning all A’s every year from the first grade through high school. Nathalie was reading the newspaper at age 3 to her Gramps Cameron and commenced first grade at 5 ½. When black-marketers came into Ipswich because of the war, her Dad closed the Ewing Market and moved the family to Weymouth. Nathalie graduated from Weymouth High School taking the honors college program. While also taking 10 years of classical piano, she completed her high school honors program in 3 years, taking 4 years of Latin, 3 years of French, and 2 years of Spanish; along with her regular honors curriculum.  She remained treasurer of her high school class despite fulfilling all requirements and graduating in 3 years. Nathalie is a proud member of the “nifty fifties” of Weymouth High School. Upon graduating high school, she declared that her life’s ambition was to be a housewife. In this search, she spotted her future husband, Duel Ryon Ballard, Jr at the First National store in South Weymouth. It was love at first sight! Duel was working part time while finishing his 4th year of engineering and prior to graduation. Duel worked for the National Bureau of Standards, Harry Diamond Labs, the War Department, and Bureau of Aeronautics (Navy) in Washington, DC and Virginia for over 34 years, where they raised their family of 4 children. Nathalie commenced college courses in Virginia, however, her growing family was of paramount importance. Nathalie was an active member of the Order of Odd Fellows Rebecca. She completed all chairs, including being installed Grandmaster of the D.C. Chapter Friendship Lodge IOOF-12. She and Duel enjoyed being members of 3 square dance clubs in the area. Nathalie was an avid reader, and had an expertise in antiques and antique collection of all forms, glass, china, toys, furniture, and paintings. What she most enjoyed in her later years, however, was spending time with her family, including her children, 10 grandchildren, and 11 great grandchildren. Nathalie cherished each as the finest rose in the garden. She loved competitively playing card and board games with her grandchildren.  

Nathalie is survived by her loving husband of almost 70 years, Duel Ryon Ballard Jr. She is also survived by her son, Cameron and his wife Jill Ballard of Bryans Road, MD, daughter-in-law Lori Ballard of Seaford, DE; son-in-law Peter Livesey of Mooresville, NC; and numerous relatives from states around the country including: grandchildren and spouses, Amanda (George), Ryon (Tiffany) , Cameron Jr, Taylor (Kristen), Nathalie, Heather (Matt), Mike (Dawn), Samuel (Kristen), Joshua (Patricia), and Justin; and great grandchildren (Vaden, Walker, Kayla, Cameron, Quinn, Autumn, Chris, Heaven, Sawyer, Michelle, and Camryn, sister-in-law Sandee Ewing. Nieces and nephews and spouses Godson James (Gweneth), Linda (Ian), George (Connie), Steven (Laureen), Joan (Kevin), Gail (David), Glen (Jerilyn), Jeffrey (Maria), Donald (Kim), and Robert (Dollene); cousins Timothy (Kay), James (Linda), Jo Boccigrosso, and many grand-nieces and nephews and friends. She will be greatly missed by them all. She was predeceased by her brother Earl Morton Ewing, Jr., her children Duel Ryon III, Kathy Doris, and Cynthia Jean Livesey.

Visitation for her family and friends will held Sunday, June 26 from 6 to 9 pm in the Whittier-Porter Funeral Home, 6 High Street, Ipswich.  Her funeral Service, with the Reverend Samuel Alberty officiating and contributing deacon James Ballard of Milton VT, will be held in the funeral home on Monday, June 27 at 11 am. Nathalie will then be laid to rest with the ashes of her daughter Cynthia Jean  beside her beloved grandparents in the Highland Cemetery, Ipswich. Memorial flowers will be appreciated as well as memorial contributions in her name to Paul Newman’s Hole in the Wall Gang Camp at www.holeinthewallgang.org/contact/ holeinthewallgang.org.

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