Margaret Ballard, age 80, died Saturday August 28, 2010 in the Grove Nursing Center in Grove, Okla.  She was born near Pleasanton, Texas on August 27, 1930 to Tony and Cecilia Arnold. 

After graduating from Pleasanton High School, she attended Incarnate Word College and Santa Rosa School of Nursing in San Antonio, graduating with a B.S. in Nursing.  At a later time she did graduate work at Northern State College and the University of South Dakota.

She worked at V.A.hospitals in Texas, M.D. Anderson Hospital, Brooke Army Hospital, San Antonio Health Department, Fort Yeats, N.D. Indian Hospital and Aberdeen, S.D. Indian Health office.  She also taught in elementary school in Texas and New Mexico.  After coming to Grove area in 1977, she worked at the Delaware County Health department, Jay Indian clinic, Claremore Indian Hospital and Concho Indian Clinic.  She was a certified community health nurse.  After retiring, she volunteered at the Christian Mission Thrift Center and the Christian Health Clinic, as a docent at Harber Village and played the organ at church.  She liked to travel and enjoyed music, art, reading, and needlework.

She is survived by a daughter, Susan Humphries and husband Gene; a grandson, Jason Humphries and wife Rebecca of Ft. Collins, Colo.; a brother Alfred Arnold and wife Lucille of Holiday Island, Ark.; sisters, Dorothy Arnold of Pleasant, Texas and Cecile Trays and husband Jim of Hot Springs, S.D.; also three great-grandchildren, three nieces, and two nephews.

There will be a Celebration of Life Mass at 1 p.m. on Wednesday September 1, 2010 at the St. Elizabeth Catholic Church in Grove.  A Rosery will be held during the visitation on Tuesday from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the funeral home.

The services are under the directions of the Worley-Luginbuel Funeral Home in Grove, Okla. 

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