Christina Ann Selke Ballard was born on Christmas Day 1928 and passed away on April 18, 2019, due to complications from leukemia. She was 90 years old. She was born and raised in Minnesota. After living across the country for many years and raising a family of her own, she settled back into small-town life in La Crescent, Minn., until her death. At 90 years young, Christina enjoyed a good game of pinochle, visiting with friends and family, watching the snow fall from her favorite chair, and never missing a Minnesota Twins game if she could help it.
She was preceded in death by her son, Martin Ballard; her father, William Selke; her mother, Olive Selke; and her brothers and sisters, Victor, Walter, Bessie, Amanda (Amy), Hazel, Ida, Orville, Goldie, Iren, Fern and Virgil.
She is survived by her children, William Ballard (Gretchen) and Brenda Ballard (Mark); grandchildren, Ray Tyler (Ashley), William Ballard Jr. (Dana), Adella Bennett, Brittany McLamore (Jerry), Luke Tyler (Desiree), Bryan Ballard (Courtney), and Brandon Ballard; and great-grandchildren, Emerald Bennett, Scarlett Bennett, Asha Tyler, Ahava Tyler, Eyvan Tyler, Jaxson McLamore, Ethan Tyler, Asher Tyler, Jordan Tyler, and Graelynn Ballard. She also has 37 nieces and nephews, 109 great-nieces and great-nephews, and 117 great-grand-nieces and great-grand-nephews.
Our family would like to thank Sonya Dulac — Chris’ “partner-in-crime” — Allyn and Elaine McNally and family, as well as Cindy Gady and family. We appreciate you all for the loving care and time so unselfishly given over the past few years. We will always be grateful for what each of you have done for Chris and us.
Christina’s memory, much like her ancestors before her, will live on through her family at their bi-annual Selke Family reunion.
A celebration of life will be held on Saturday, June 22, 2019, at 11 a.m. at Messiah Lutheran Church, 825 Jonathan Lane, La Cresent, Minn., 55947. Lunch will follow.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks for donations to The Messiah Lutheran Church or the Oncology Department at the Mayo Clinic in La Crosse, Wis.