Kraft Funeral Service & Kraft-Graceland Memorial Park

2776 Charlestown Road, New Albany, IN


Sharon A. (Durbin) Ballew Shope

December 9, 1948June 17, 2020
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Sharon A. (Durbin) Ballew Shope, 71, passed away June 17, 2020 at Baptist Health Floyd. She was born December 9, 1948 in New Albany, Indiana to the late Maxine Lambert Brock and Charles Durbin. Sharon was an employee of Floyd Memorial Hospital for 34 years. After retiring from Floyd Memorial, she worked part-time at the Physicians Medical Center in New Albany. Sharon was also a member of the V.F.W. Ladies Auxiliary and was an avid U of K fan.

In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by her step-mother, Marjorie Durbin; sisters, Diann Rodriquez, Donna Howard, and Patty Weedman; and her dog, Taffy, who she loved so much.

Survivors include her husband, Wayne Shope; two children, Chet Ballew, Jr. (Leslie) and Natalie Bennett (George); stepchildren, Tammy Casey and Rick Shope; stepfather, George Brock; sisters, Rhonda Collins (Jack), Becky DeLong, Doreen Miller, Janet Kelley (Curtis); brother, Michael Durbin (Jo); several aunts, uncles, nieces, and nephews; and ex-husband and friend, Chet Ballew, Sr. She also leaves behind her beloved dogs, Nikki and Judy.

Visitation will be 1 pm ~ 6 pm Sunday at Kraft Funeral Service, 2776 Charlestown Road, New Albany. Her Funeral Service will be 11 am Monday in the Kraft Charlestown Road Chapel with burial to follow in Horner’s Chapel Cemetery in Fredericksburg, Indiana.

You may reach out to the family by posting memories and condolences at www.kraftfs.com.


  • Wayne S. Shope, Husband
  • Chet Ballew, Jr. (Leslie), Son
  • Natalie Bennett (George), Daughter
  • Tammy Case and Rick Shope, Stepchildren
  • George Brock, Stepfather
  • Rhonda Collins (Jack), Sister
  • Becky DeLong, Sister
  • Doreen Miller, Sister
  • Janet Kelley (Curtis), Sister
  • Michael Durbin (Jo), Brother
  • Chet Ballew, Sr., Ex-Husband and Friend
  • Nikki and Judy, Beloved Dogs
  • Maxine Lambert Brock, Mother (deceased)
  • Charles Durbin, Father (deceased)
  • Marjorie Durbin, Stepmother (deceased)
  • Diann Rodriquez, Donna Howard, and Patty Weedman, Sisters (deceased)
  • Taffy, Beloved Dog (deceased)
  • Several Aunts, Uncles, Nieces, and Nephews, Relatives


  • Visitation

    Sunday, June 21, 2020

  • Funeral Service

    Monday, June 22, 2020


Sharon A. (Durbin) Ballew Shope

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Jim & Linda Bourne

June 23, 2020

We didn’t know Sharon, but we’ve been friends with and done business with Chet Jr for years and want to let him know how sorry we are at his Mom’s death. This sad time is made worse by the fear many people, including ourselves, feel about coming to any gathering of people, like a visitation or funeral service. We hope you understand our absence.

Victor Stewart

June 21, 2020

Prayers for Sharon's family and friends during this time of loss.
I was a fellow classmate Class of 66 NAHS.
She was a real pleasant person and treated everybody with a smile.
She now with her Heavenly Father in her Heavenly Home.
She now watching over us as a angel .
We all will be together again and what a wonderful day that will be.
God Bless friend see you soon.

Sue Durbin Pfeiffer

June 20, 2020

My dear sweet niece Sharon. You were the first born grandchild and niece born into the family. I remember when you were a tiny newborn and grandma Durbin would let me hold you and kiss your cheek. I remember when you got older us sitting on the floor coloring. Next thing I remember you turned into this beautiful woman and was having your own babies. I will certainly miss your beautiful smile and our talks. Love you so much. Aunt Sue 💖


June 20, 2020

I had the privilege to meet her at the anniversary party last year. She was such a wonderful lady very loving and friendly.She said i have herd so many good things about you. I said thank you.

Sharon Stubbins

June 19, 2020

Dear Rhonda,

Our prayers are with your family. We pray for your peace, strength and loving memories to take you through this difficult season. May your dependence in our Lord bring you comfort, now and in the days ahead.


Sharon Stubbins &
Karen Parrish

Judy Thompson

June 19, 2020

(((((HUGS))))) and prayers are with you at this sad time, We will be with you in spirit in the next few days as you say goodbye to sweet Sharon.

Eleanor Keinsley

June 19, 2020

I worked with Sharon at FMHHS she was a kind and beautiful person ,loved working with her

Paula and gary Metcalf

June 18, 2020

Sorry for your loss

Rach Atwood

June 18, 2020

I will never forget when I was little and Sissy lost me on a house boat. I never let her forget that!

Connie Sturgeon

June 18, 2020

I was so blessed to get to know Sharon when I came to work with her in 2018. It didn't take me long to find out that she was kind, sharp, and very witty. Even after she retired, she and Wayne would bring Judy in for a visit with our office pups. The world will be a little dimmer without Sharon in it.