Nona Marie Mendenhall Ballard - 1914 - 2019


Born May 23, 1914, to William and Kate Mendenhall, Nona had four sisters and four brothers, all deceased. Nona married Robert E. Ballard on May 23, 1937. They had three children, Robert and Ronald Ballard and Sandra Miller; and four grandchildren.
Nona attended school in Sheridan and Dallas, Oregon. She was a member of the McMinnville Women’s Garden Club, was president of McMinnville Women’s Club, member of Veterans of Foreign Wars Auxiliary, member of Eastern Star, Royal Matron of Amarath, and Mother Advisor of Rainbow for Girls for 18 years. The assembly won many awards for skits and events at State Grand Assemblies. She was also active in Girl Scouts and Brownies.
Nona had a nursery school which she called “Aunt Nona’s Nursery School” for 30 years in McMinnville. She was on the first board of Little Bear Hugs at the high school. She was appointed first handicapped children’s help in Yamhill County by the governor of Oregon.
Nona loved fishing, gardening and her yard. She loved crafts of all kinds and made quilts, pottery and baskets. Nona loved to bring her neighbors together for potlucks and picnics. She loved people. She always helped older people who couldn’t get about. She was a row boss on farms all over the county. She had most of the kids in the county in her fields at one time or another. She loved kids and was instrumental in helping them.
Nona was preceded in death by a son, Robert Ballard, who passed away in October of 2018 in Missoula, Montana; and by a daughter, Sandra Miller. Nona is survived by son, Ron Ballard of Lincoln City; two grandsons, Brett Ballard of La Pine and Brennen Mendenhall of Missoula; and a granddaughter, Lori Miller of Tigard.
Services for Nona will be held at 2:00 p.m. Thursday, April 11, 2019, at the Chapel of Macy & Son, with viewing from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday, April 9 and 10, at the Chapel of Macy & Son. To leave online condolences, please visit
The family would like to thank Nona’s three wonderful caregivers, Peggy Morgan, Barbie Hamilton and Kristina Davis.


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Nona was also a "Cub Scout Den Mother" to several local Cub Scout individuals. Rest in peace Nona.

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