Pixley Funeral Home


Leada L Ballard

23 August, 193430 April, 2021
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Leada Laura Ballard (Harley), age 86, of Utica, Michigan formerly of Rochester, Michigan passed away Friday April 30th, 2021. Leada was born the daughter of George and Leola (Hagner) Harley in Burnside Township, Michigan on August 23, 1934. She attended Berkley High School. Leada married James Ballard on August 11, 1951. She held various jobs working at plastic companies in quality control. Leada loved knitting, crocheting afghans for the Veterans, puzzles, and bingo. She especially enjoyed her family. Leada is survived by her children James (Sue) Ballard, Randolph Ballard, Rudolph (Freda) Ballard, Michael (Gloria) Ballard, and Garry Ballard; grandchildren Jamie ( Chrissy) Ballard, Rochelle Kreaj, Jason Ballard, Nicole Ballard, Ron (Malisa) Gabriel, Stephen Tomlin, Michael Tomlin, Mike and Sarah Stan, Jacob (Brenna) Ballard, Christopher (Katie) Ballard, Matthew (Kristen) Ballard, Danielle Ballard, Kristen Norman, Craig Norman, Korey Ballard, Samantha Ballard, and Joe Ballard; as well as 38 great-grandchildren; siblings George (Marilyn) Harley, Joyce Janes, Betty Gardell, and Marie Butler. Leada was predeceased by her husband James; parents George and Leola (Hagner) Harley; and son Ricky Ballard. Leada’s family will welcome all to a visitation on Friday May 7th, 2021 from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Pixley Funeral Home, located at 322 West University Drive in downtown Rochester, Michigan. Leada will lie instate on Saturday May 8th from 11 a.m. until the time of funeral service at noon. at Pixley Funeral Home. Interment will follow at Christian Memorial Cemetery in Rochester Hills.

Memorial contributions may be made in Leada’s honor to Wounded Warriors project online at or by envelope at the funeral home.


  • George and Leola (Hagner) Harley, Parents (deceased)
  • James Ballard, Husband (deceased)
  • Ricky Ballard, Son (deceased)
  • James Ballard (Sue), Son
  • Randolph Ballard, Son
  • Rudolph Ballard (Freda), Son
  • Michael Ballard (Gloria), Son
  • Garry Ballard, Son
  • Jamie Ballard (Chrissy), Grandson
  • Rochelle Kreaj, Granddaughter
  • Jason Ballard, Grandson
  • Nicole Ballard, Granddaughter
  • Ron Gabriel (Malisa), Grandson
  • Stephen Tomlin, Grandson
  • Michael Tomlin, Grandson
  • Mike Stan, Grandson
  • Sarah Stan, Granddaughter
  • Jacob Ballard (Brenna), Grandson
  • Christopher Ballard (Katie), Grandson
  • Matthew Ballard (Kristen), Grandson
  • Danielle Ballard, Granddaughter
  • Kristen Norman, Granddaughter
  • Craig Norman, Grandson
  • Korey Ballard, Grandson
  • Samantha Ballard, Granddaughter
  • Joe Ballard, Grandson
  • 38 Great-grandchildren, Unspecified
  • George Harley (Marilyn), Brother
  • Joyce Janes, Sister
  • Betty Gardell, Sister
  • Marie Butler, Sister


  • Visitation

    Friday, 7 May , 2021

  • Instate

    Saturday, 8 May , 2021

  • Funeral Service

    Saturday, 8 May , 2021


  • Interment - Following Funeral Service

    Saturday, 8 May , 2021


Leada L Ballard

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Debbie Highlen-Ballard-Vanderploeg

9 May 2021

My thoughts and prayers are with all of you. Ballard family, you were all a blessing in my life. Leada was a wonderful mother in law, that I will always love and appreciate

Randy Ballard

6 May 2021

I thought of you with love today, but that is nothing new.
I thought about you yesterday, and days before that too.
I think of you in silence, I often speak your name.
All I have are memories, and your picture in a frame.
Your memory is my keepsake, which I’ll never part.
God has you in his keeping, I have you in my heart.

Terry cindy Wilson

4 May 2021

Mom Ballard you will be missed by so many and you put up with me just like one of your son always thank you for accepting my wife as one of us love you always terry and Cindy

James Jim Galuszka

4 May 2021

Iam saddened for her loss to the Ballard family,and friends, She was truly a great lady, Our heartfilled prayers to the entire family, May the angels forever have a blessed one to join them , Jim/ Lisa Galuszka

Denny & Gina Wycinski

4 May 2021

So deeply sorry for your loss. Your Mom was a beautiful, strong lady and lived a great life. Our love and hugs to all of you.

Darlene Massie

4 May 2021

I am sorry to hear of the family’s loss. I have great childhood memories of Aunt Leada. The times up north, the gatherings at her house. Her showing me how to crochet.
She was loved by many, will hold a special place in so many of our hearts.

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