Nella Luann Ballou

October 18, 1956February 15, 2021

Nella Luann Ballou, age 64, of Sulphur passed away on Monday, February 15, 2021. Luann was born October 18, 1956 in Ashland, KY to her parents Elmer and Wanda Fosson.

Luann spent her early years in Ashland, Kentucky and was a graduate of Russell High School. She moved to Sulphur in 1995. She enjoyed traveling and crafting. She had a genuine love of children and teaching. She taught high school Math at Hamilton Christian Academy and Hackberry High School before later retiring from Sowela Community College in 2017.

She is survived by her loving husband of 38 years, Charles Lee Ballou; her sister, Jonda Bradley; brothers, Woody and Mickey Fosson, all of Ashland, Kentucky.

Luann is preceded in death by her parents; her son, Patrick William Ballou; and brother, Clyde Fosson.

It was Luann's wishes for no services to be held. Interment will be in Mimosa Pines Cemetery South in Carlyss under the direction of Hixson Sulphur Memorial Funeral Home. In Luann's memory, her family has requested that donations be made to the Open Door Biker Church, 423 W. Burton St., Sulphur, LA 70663.

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Cameron Broussard

February 23, 2021

Mrs. Ballou taught me math in high school. She was an amazing teacher and deeply passionate. She cared a great deal about her students. She taught in a way that made everything seem simple. If you were struggling she would go the extra mile to help you learn. My first year in college I was struggling with my homework and I called her. She spent her time walking me through it and making sure I understood it.

I also remember her being our “limo” driver one year for prom. She wanted to make sure we were all safe and not drinking and driving. So she rented a big white van drove to Hackberry on the weekend to pick us up, then drove us to Sulphur for the dance, got us all safely back to hackberry at the end of the night, and then had to drive her self back home to Sulphur. She literally went the extra mile for her students.

I will be making a donation to the biker church in her honor. I hope she is able to fine peace. I will always hold a spot in my heart for her.

Maggie Irwin

February 20, 2021

Luann was the first person I met when I started working at Ashland Oil in the summer of 1974. She was friendly, supportive, kind, and despite literally moving in different directions, our friendship has lasted for 46+ years. I loved her sense of adventure, humor, genuine compassion, and especially respected her devotion to Chuck, Patrick, her cats, lilies, family and friends. I'll miss her, and love her forever. Rest in peace, my friend, Amen.

Bill Denny

February 20, 2021

Chuck, our prayers are with you and your family and friends. We missed visiting with you and Lou Ann , especially at MSU sports events. She was loved and will be missed by so many. God bless you. Bill and Jerry Denny

Shelli Benglis

February 19, 2021

My heart is broken and I’m still in shock. One of the good ones left us to finally have peace in heaven with her son. She was such an amazing person, friend, and the best teacher I ever had. She was the one person that showed me I could be good at anything if I just tried! She showed me how to learn, study, and absorb any and all information even with having ADHD and dyslexia. She treated me as if I was family from the day I walked into her classroom. With no questions asked, she opened up her home to Ryleigh and I when she found out I was trying to finish college and working five different jobs at the time because she actually cared for us. She was there for me through all the good years and the bad years. Now... she’s gone. I can’t be selfish because now she gets to see her son. Maybe she’s up there with mom laughing at us play in the snow today. I will forever miss you Luann Fosson Ballou!! I miss our random conversations.. our random questions... or even better the random phone calls. Def if it was a math problem because I could always count on you to teach me how to do it or if I needed to prove my math wiz of a husband wrong. I love you BooAnn and I hope you RIP.