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Paradise Valley Cemetery
Comanche County, Oklahoma

Submitted by: Sandi Carter

Sunday, May 18, 2008

Hazel Audrey [Gordon] Ballou

Birth date: January 14, 1927
Death date: May 18, 2008

Funeral service for Hazel Audrey Ballou, 81, Elgin, will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Fletcher Christian Church with Jim Hall, minister, officiating.

Burial will be at Paradise Valley Cemetery, Lawton, under direction of Fletcher Funeral Home.

Mrs. Ballou died Sunday, May 18, 2008, at her home in Elgin.

A special viewing for family and friends will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.

She was born Jan. 14, 1927, in Gotebo, to Ray and Sylvia [Ryerson] Gordon.

She grew up in the Paradise Valley area. She attended Elgin High School, where she was senior class president and graduated in 1945.

She married Wayne Seth Ballou on Aug. 18, 1945, in Walters. They made their home in Paradise Valley, where for many years they ranched, farmed, and owned and operated Ballou Trucking Company.

They moved to Elgin in 1991. Mr. Ballou died Feb. 18, 2006.

She was a member of the Yakkity-Yak Club, the Weigh-In Club, and Good Sams Club. She was a member of Fletcher Christian Church and was devoted to Sunday School class. She enjoyed early morning Bible study and going to garage sales with her sister, Fern. She also enjoyed quilting, sewing and cooking.

Survivors include fours sons: Larry Ballou and his wife, Elaine, of Lawton; Billy Ballou and his wife, Paulette, of Elgin; Leo Ballou, of Oklahoma City, and Pat Ballou and his wife, Tina, of Elgin; a daughter, Julie Ramick and her husband, Mark, of Oklahoma City; a sister, Fern Massey, of Fletcher; 15 grandchildren: Buddy Ballou, Stacy Frye, Belinda Lujan, Dallas Ballou, Bailey Ballou, Casey Ballou, Lisa Ballou, David Ballou, Dustin Ballou, Leslie Holland, Kelly Williams, Audrey Ballou, Chelsea Byrd, Clayton Ramick, and Carly Ramick; and five great-grandchildren: Lacey Ballou, Merrick Ballou, Brodey Ballou, Maggie Ballou, and Kailah Ballou.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Wayne; and three brothers: Forrest Gordon, Edward Gordon and George Baker, and a sister, Ruth Fritz.


Paradise Valley Cemetery
Comanche County, Oklahoma

Submitted by: Sandi Carter

February 7, 2009

Lloyd H. Kleeman Ballou

Birth date: March 26, 1932
Death date: February 7, 2009

Lloyd H. Ballou was born on March 26, 1932 in Lawton, OK to Seth and Aurilla [Kleeman] Ballou. He died at home in Lawton surrounded by family on February 7, 2009. He was 76 years old.

Lloyd was raised and attended school at Mount Scott School then proceeded to the Stoney Point Community and eventually to Elgin.

After he completed his schooling, Lloyd worked as a jockey for several years on dirt tracks in Oklahoma.

He was inducted into the Army during the Korean War and served 2 years in France.

After his discharge, he worked as a jockey and later as a trainer at Los Alamitos Race Track in California. He returned to the Lawton area in the early 1970's and again worked as a jockey until he was able to obtain a position as a contract mail carrier with the postal service in 1974. He retired in 1995.

Through out Lloyd's life he maintained a love for horses, and remained interested in racing Quarter Horses and Thoroughbreds even in his retirement years. He was a member of the American Quarter Horse Association.

Lloyd was preceded in death by his parents, brothers Lynn and Wayne Ballou, and a sister, Nettie Fran Hankins.

Survivors include his wife Ila of the home; step-daughter Terry Ballou and husband Brad of Lawton; step-son Scott Collins of Waco, TX; 2 brothers, Lon Ballou and wife Leigh Ann of Roosevelt, OK and Lawrence Ballou and wife Cindy of Cache, OK; one sister, Lounita Zimmerman of Elgin, OK and numerous nieces, nephews, extended family and friends.

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