Edna Marie Ballard, a retired secretary at the Yorkwood Elementary School, died of heart failure Wednesday at Good Samaritan Hospital.
Services for the 84-year-old Rodgers Forge Road resident were conducted yesterday at the Mitchell-Wiedefeld Funeral Home, 6500 York Road.
The former Edna Marie Kirk retired about 20 years ago after working at Yorkwood and other city schools for 30 years. The Baltimore native was a Western High graduate.
Her husband of 56 years, I. Edward Ballard, who retired as the News American's city editor, died in 1985.
Active at the Bykota Senior Center, she also was a member of the Mount Washington Club, Three Arts Club of Homeland, Stoneleigh Bowling League and Woman's Club of Rodgers Forge.
She is survived by a daughter, Barbara Ballard Lipson of Baltimore; a brother, C. Eugene Kirk of Washington; two grandchildren; and a great-grandson.