Doris Ruth Bowens Ballard

Funeral services for Doris Ruth Bowens Ballard, 67, will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at the Belton Church of Christ in Belton. Burial will follow at 1 p.m. at the Central Texas State Veterans Cemetery in Killeen.

Ms. Ballard, 67, was born in Temple to Frankie Mae Williams Irving and Jimmy Bowens, of Richard.

Doris attended Kashmere High School and was a member of the Thunder Soul Marching Band under the direction of Conrad “Prof” Johnson. She graduated from Kashmere in 1968 and went on to attend Southwestern Christian College in Terrell and later Abilene Christian College which is now Abilene Christian University.

After meeting in Abilene in 1973, Doris married the love of her life, Airman Rickey Ballard, in 1974 in Houston at the Fifth Ward Church of Christ. Three years later, they had a beautiful baby girl, Maisha Kimberly Ballard. They would go on to live in Panama, Central America; Tucson, Arizona; and later back to Texas after her daughter graduated from college.

Doris received a bachelor’s degree from Abilene Christian and a master’s degree from the University of Phoenix. She worked as a probation officer and later was the first African-American housing director for the city of Abilene. More recently she retired from the Texas Department of Agriculture after 20 years of service as a compliance monitor with the school operations section of the food and nutrition program.

Doris was a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated. She loved her pink, green, and her pearls. She was active with her local chapter Mu Theta Omega and loved to be of service to her community.

She valued spending time with her husband and grandchildren. She loved to complete 5Ks and was an avid walker. She enjoyed discussing politics, reading and anything “techie.” She loved jewelry and shoe shopping but, more importantly, she loved God. Belton Church of Christ was her church family and where she attended and served.

Two of the joys of her life were her granddaughters, Symphony Mikayla Stroud and Sianne Madison Stroud. She was an encouragement to all and fought cancer with all her might and with a great attitude. Her family and friends will truly miss her.

Doris was preceded in death by her father, Jimmy Bowens.

She is survived by her husband, Rickey Ballard; her daughter, Maisha Stroud (Andray Stroud); her mother, Frankie Irving; her sisters, Jimmie Bowens Mack, Cheryl Brown (James Brown), and Twana Henderson; brothers- and sisters-in-law Paula Ballard, Fredrick Ballard, Billy Ballard, Ernest Ray Ballard, and Ernestine Ballard; as well as a host of nieces and nephews.

Visitation is from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at Dossman Funeral Home in Belton.

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