Ruby Ballard

Memorial Service

1:00 pm
Saturday, September 29, 2018
The Mather-Hodge Funeral Home
40 Vandeventer Ave.
Princeton, New Jersey, United States

Obituary of Ruby Redmond Ballard

“I have fought the good fight. I have finished the race. I have kept the faith.”

2 Timothy 4:7


Ruby “Rochelle” Redmond Ballard, 64, of Franklin Park departed this life Thursday, September 13, 2018 at Merwick Care & Rehabilitation Center of Plainsboro.  She was born on May 25, 1954 in Williamston, North Carolina to the late Earl and Susie Lee (Wilson) Redmond. 


Rochelle received her education in the public schools of Martin County where she graduated from Williamston High School.  She is a graduate of Winston-Salem State University, where she earned a Bachelor of Science in Music Education in 1976.    Ruby furthered her education and obtained a Masters in Library Science at the University of Maryland, College Park and finally ascertained a Certificate of Advanced Studies from the University of Pittsburgh.  Rochelle married Ollie Ballard in 1977, however, was divorced soon after. 


As a professional Librarian, Rochelle assumed various positions at notable universities including: Reference Librarian at the North Carolina A&T State University F.D. Bluford Library; Associate University Librarian at the University of Central Florida; Assistant Director of Acquisitions and Coordinator of Electronic Resources at the Texas A & M University Sterling C. Evans Library; and Digital Resources Coordinator for the past 17 years at Princeton University Firestone Library.  Rochelle was blessed to have had the opportunity to positively impact so many lives as a Librarian at these institutions.     


Rochelle was a member of the Black Caucus Library Association and the American Library Association. She proudly served as Chair of the Membership Committee and Nominating Committee, Web Coordinator, Member-at-Large, and Moderator.  Rochelle was a proud member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Incorporated since 1973.  She wore her crimson and cream to the very end. 


Rochelle was an avid reader who enjoyed reading all genres of literature.  Rochelle owned an extensive collection of books, all of which will be donated to her alma mater (Winston-Salem State University).  


Rochelle had a profound passion for traveling.  Some of the trips she was most excited to have embarked on included Easter Island, where she had the opportunity to see the Moai (she was extremely excited to finally view them in person); and India, where she had the opportunity to ride on an elephant.  Rochelle had a massive collection of stuffed elephants in every shape, size, and color.   


Other places she enjoyed visiting included the Library of Celsius in Ephesus; the churches in Lalibela, Ethiopia (it was her wish to visit Ethiopia again); the Door of No Return at the House of Slaves in Senegal, Thailand, The Great Wall of China, Mount Rushmore, Hong Kong, and Iceland.  Additionally, Rochelle was most passionate about traveling on “Smooth Jazz” cruises. The last cruise she went on was a Dave Koz Cruise to Scandinavia and the Baltic for her birthday this year. She was also planning a Dave Koz cruise to Australia next March.


Rochelle leaves behind beloved cousins and many dear friends.


The family wishes to extend an invitation to fellowship in remembrance of Rochelle at Mather-Hodge Funeral Home, 40 Vandeventer Avenue, Princeton, NJ on Saturday, September 29, 2018 at 1:00 P.M.  The family appreciates all the prayers and concerns extended during this time.  Memorial contributions may be sent to the American Cancer Society in honor of Ruby Redmond Ballard.

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