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Betty-Sue Ballou, R.N.

Betty-Sue Ballou, R.N.

Female 1932 - 2018  (86 years)

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  • Name Betty-Sue Ballou 
    Suffix R.N. 
    Born 25 Mar 1932  Jacksonville, Duval County, Florida Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2, 3, 4
    Gender Female 
    Residence 1942  Orange, Franklin County, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Graduation 1951  Orange, Franklin County, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 4
    She graduated from Orange High School. She was the Senior Class Secretary. 
    Graduation 1954  Fitchburg, Worcester County, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 4
    She graduated from the Burbank School of Nursing. 
    Residence 1995  Athol, Worcester County, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Died 25 Dec 2018  Athol, Worcester County, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Agency: at home 
    Address:
    39 Washington Avenue 
    Obituary 27 Dec 2018  [4
    Betty-Sue (Ballou) Pratt, of 39 Washington Ave, So. Athol, passed away peacefully at home on Christmas day.

    She was born in Jacksonville, Florida, on March 25, 1932, to Clarence Ernest (C.E.) Ballou, I., and Audrey (Herndon) Ballou. One of four children, at age nine, she was orphaned, and sent to live with her Uncle Cecil and Aunt Mary (Richards) Ballou, at the Ballou Farm in Orange, Massachusetts. She graduated from Orange High School in 1951, and was Senior Class Secretary. She then attended the Burbank of Nursing in Fitchburg, Mass, graduating in 1954. She met her future husband George Pratt, of Athol, through mutual friends, on the Common, in North New Salem, and was married to him in the Orange Congregational Church, in 1954. They were together until his passing, in 1996.

    Betty's nursing career spanned many decades and many jobs within her chosen profession. She worked at Athol Memorial Hospital, served as a school nurse in the local area, was a camp nurse at Morgan Memorial Fresh Air Camp, and was a Pioneer, as one of the first visiting nurses in the Quabbin Valley area, covering seven territories, in the 1970's. Finally, she served as Assistant Administrator at the Quabbin Valley Nursing Home, before retiring.

    During her retirement, she was active in the Swift River Valley Historical Society, serving as its president for a number of terms, and she painstakingly digitized and electronically restored hundreds of photos and documents, in an effort to preserve and share the legacy of the Swift River Valley.

    Throughout her life she helped many people, and was a devoted wife, mother, sister, grandmother, and great-grandmother. She enjoyed gardening, and she traveled across the United States and spent an enjoyable month abroad, in Great Britain, in 1994, with her sister, Grace Ballou.

    She was predeceased by her husband of 42 years George, her son, Thomas Pratt, her brother John Wood Ballou, a sister, Grace Ballou, and grandson, John Murphy.

    She is survived by her daughter, Susan Murphy (Patrick) of Athol, Linda Brunelle (Stan), of Springfield, Vermont, son John Pratt, of Lubbock, Texas, and brother, C.E. Ballou, II. She is also survived by her adoptive siblings, Darrell Ballou, of Maine, Elizabeth 'Zib" (Ballou) Pierce, and Richard Ballou, both of Orange, Mass. Additionally, she is survived by seven grandchildren, six great-grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews.

    There are no calling hours.

    A service will be held at the South Athol United Methodist Church, 65 Morgan Avenue, Athol, on Sunday, December 30, 2018 at 2:30 p.m.

    She will be reunited with her husband at a private internment, at the Massachusetts Veterans Memorial Cemetery, in Winchendon, MA, following the church service.

    In lieu of flowers, donations are suggested to the South Athol United Methodist Church, c/o Zane Dubour, 3800 South Athol Road, Athol, MA 01331.

    Witty's Funeral Home, 158 South Main Street, Orange, is directing the arrangements.

    You may offer your sympathy online at www.wittyfuneralhome.com.


    Published by the Athol Daily News, 27 December 2018 
    Buried 30 Dec 2018  Massachusetts Veterans Memorial Cemetery, Winchendon, Worcester County, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Person ID I2358  Delvee Family | Clan of Jonathan, Tribe of Sarah
    Last Modified 28 Dec 2018 

    Father Clarence Ernest Ballou,   b. 07 Sep 1899, Wendell Cemetery, Wendell, Franklin County, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 29 Sep 1937, Jacksonville, Duval County, Florida Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 38 years) 
    Relationship Birth 
    Mother Audrey Inez Herndon,   b. 10 Dec 1911,   d. 24 Sep 1939, Jacksonville, Duval County, Florida Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 27 years) 
    Relationship Birth 
    Married 14 Jun 1930  Jacksonville, Duval County, Florida Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 3, 5
    • Clarence met Audrey while she was walking home from work and he was on his police beat.
    Family ID F1388  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family George R. Pratt,   b. 02 Nov 1925, Athol, Worcester County, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 21 Aug 1996, Athol, Worcester County, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 70 years) 
    Married 5 Jul 1954  Orange, Franklin County, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 3, 4
    Agency: Central Congregational Church 
    Children 
     1. Thomas Leon Pratt,   b. 15 Nov 1955, Athol, Worcester County, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 26 Mar 2011, Athol, Worcester County, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 55 years)  [Birth]
     2. Susan Ann Pratt
     3. John Richard Pratt, USAF Ret
     4. Linda Grace Pratt
    Last Modified 28 Dec 2018 
    Family ID F1405  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 25 Mar 1932 - Jacksonville, Duval County, Florida Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - 1942 - Orange, Franklin County, Massachusetts Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsGraduation - She graduated from Orange High School. She was the Senior Class Secretary. - 1951 - Orange, Franklin County, Massachusetts Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsGraduation - She graduated from the Burbank School of Nursing. - 1954 - Fitchburg, Worcester County, Massachusetts Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - Agency: Central Congregational Church - 5 Jul 1954 - Orange, Franklin County, Massachusetts Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - 39 Washington Avenue - 1995 - Athol, Worcester County, Massachusetts Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - Agency: at home - 25 Dec 2018 - Athol, Worcester County, Massachusetts Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - 30 Dec 2018 - Massachusetts Veterans Memorial Cemetery, Winchendon, Worcester County, Massachusetts Link to Google Earth
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  • Photos
    Betty-Sue (Ballou) Pratt – 1999
    Betty-Sue (Ballou) Pratt ? 1999
    Betty-Sue (Ballou) Pratt at the 1999 Delvee Reunion
    Betty Sue Pratt
    Betty Sue Pratt
    This picture appeared in her obituary

  • Sources 
    1. [S98] Pratt, Betty-Sue. Descendants of Charles Brigham, (Athol, Massachusetts: manuscript, 1997).

    2. [S92] Town Clerk of Athol. Street List, Athol, Mass - 1996, (Athol, Massachusetts: Town of Athol, 1997).

    3. [S388] Delvee Historian. Delvee Family Records 1887 - 1988, (Warwick, Massachusetts: manuscript, 1988).

    4. [S1328] Obituary of Betty Sue Pratt, (Athol, Massachusetts: Athol Daily News, 27 December 2018).

    5. [S189] Lint, A Ann. Descendants of Peter Delvee, (Willoughby, Ohio: mansuscript, 23 June 1999).