Catherine Blanding Ballard, also referred to lovingly as "Donkey," was born on June 8, 1927, in Alcolu, to the late Flander and Bessie Schrode Blanding. Catherine came from a family of 10 siblings. She was the "baby girl" and the last of her siblings. The Blandings were proud people; they were spiritual, loving, kind, empathetic and took pride in the fact that they were a part of the Southern families that owned their property. Catherine attended Lincoln High School.

Mother spent her final days with her daughter, Lorand, and son-in-law, Ralph, and these were cherished moments. Mother was surrounded by her loved ones when God called her home on Friday, Jan. 26, 2018, at 7:17 p.m.

She was the wife of the late Ishmel Tiller Ballard.

Catherine is survived by her loving children, Regina Mack, Diane Wimbush, Lorand B. Kenon, Sylvia Steward, Thomasina Green and Eugene Ballard; 30 grandchildren; 95 great-grandchildren; and 39 great-great-grandchildren.

Catherine was preceded in death by six children, Jackie Mason Lawyer, Ishmel Ballard Jr., Larry Donell Ballard, John Calvin Ballard, Bodilly Ballard and Peter Rooster Ballard; and nine siblings, Jessie Blanding, Emma Nelson, Louise Mack, Liza Stokes, Nora Ayers, Richard Blanding, Tucker Blanding, Flanden Blanding Jr. and Peter Rooster Blanding.

Public viewing will be held from 2 to 6 p.m. today at Job's Mortuary.

Mrs. Ballard will be placed in the church at 10 a.m. on Saturday for viewing until the hour of service.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday at Jehovah Missionary Baptist Church, 805 S. Harvin St., Sumter, with Pastor Marion Newton officiating. Interment will follow at Greenhill Baptist Church Cemetery, Alcolu.

The family will receive friends at 120 Rosecliff Circle, Columbia, SC 29061.

Job's Mortuary Inc., 312 S. Main St., Sumter, is in charge of arrangements.

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