Ballou, Lorraine

October 7th, 2010

Lorraine M. (Rockwood) Ballou, age 79, a long-time resident of Wilmington, died peacefully on Thursday, October 7, 2010, with her family at her side.

Born on June 16, 1931, in Brighton, MA, Lorraine was the cherished daughter of the late Charles W. and Catherine E. (Purcell) Rockwood. She grew up in Medford and Somerville and was a graduate of St. Clement’s High School in Somerville.

Lorraine met Daniel H. Ballou, Sr. at a dance at St. Joseph’s in Medford, and were both working at the Fresh Pond Drive in theater in North Cambridge. The couple married in 1950 and bought a piece of land in Wilmington where they built their home in 1951 and raised their wonderful children. Lorraine and Dan shared 49 wonderful years of marriage before his passing in April of 1999.

Lorraine, always a hard worker, expanded her career to include being an operator for “Ma” Bell in Reading, she was an executive secretary to the Vice President of Keene Lighting Company, and retired after 16 years as a well known and respected Real Estate Agent from Ballou Real Estate Company in Wilmington, which she owned and operated.

Lorraine’s greatest accomplishment was her family, she was a devoted wife, the best mother, and an awesome grandmother. She loved being involved with their lives, whether it was volunteering at school, attending school functions or sporting events, being the ultimate “Hockey Mom” with Wilmington Youth Hockey or Wilmington Wildcats Hockey, a “Den Mother” to their Cub Scout Troop, or being a good listener, supporter, and a best friend to them, they were her world and she loved them unconditionally.

Lorraine also found time for her community, she was an active member of St. Thomas Church and the Wilmington Women’s Club before her health deteriorated.

In her spare time, Lorraine loved to go to bingo and follow New England sports teams, her family enjoyed watching many Patriots, Celtics, and especially Red Sox games with her, noting that she was a “huge” Red Sox Fan.

Lorraine will be fondly remembered for her kindness and strength, she was always willing to lend a hand or help someone less fortunate. She was a true “survivor” for the many hardships that her health dealt her. Lorraine was diagnosed a radical form of cancer years ago when the odds were not in her favor but she faced her diagnosis head on and survived, something which she was very proud of. Lorraine never gave up and her willingness to persevere gave those around her hope.

Lorraine was truly devoted to her family, extended family, and friends, she was a wonderful lady and will be greatly missed.

Lorraine was the beloved wife of the late Daniel H. Ballou, Sr., devoted mother of Daniel H. Ballou, Jr. and his wife Dawn of Wilmington, Robert J. Ballou of California, Karen Ballou Knowles and her husband Stephen of Connecticut, David J. Ballou and his wife Kathryn of Maine, and Richard J. Ballou and his wife Susan of Georgia, mother-in-law of Diane Ballou of California, loving grandmother of Daniel H.Ballou III and his wife Natasha, Sean, Rory, and Meghan Ballou and her fiancé Jim Fennelly, Robert and Julia Ballou, Ryan, Ian, Erin, and Justin Knowles, Isabel and Sophie Ballou, Mary Wade, Jack, and Caroline Ballou, and great-grandchildren Daniel H IV and the late Olivia Ballou, dear sister of James Rockwood and his wife Marion of Boston, Paul Rockwood of Florida, and the late Charles Rockwood, sister-in-law of Marion Rockwood of Stoneham and the late Carol Rockwood, Lorraine is also survived by many nieces, nephews, and dear friends.

Family and friends will gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, Inc., 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, on Wednesday, October 13th at 9:00 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass at St. Thomas of Villanova Church, 126 Middlesex Ave., Wilmington at 10:00 a.m. Interment in the family lot at Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington. Visiting hours Tuesday, October 12th from 4-8 p.m.

Memorial donations in Lorraine’s name may be made to Catholic Charities, 75 Kneeland St. #800 Boston, MA 02108 or to CURE Childhood Cancer, 1835 Savoy Dr., Suite 102, Atlanta, GA 30341.


10 Entries in Guest Book for “Ballou, Lorraine”

  1. The Boyers says:

    Dave – our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

  2. The Allen's says:

    Dave and Family,

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you.


  3. walter mcdonald says:

    karen-sorry to here of your mothers passing.she was a great wife rose and her spoke often at her second home at york beach.

  4. Erick & Nina Westerhoff says:

    Our thoughts and prayers are with all who are saddened and effected by the passing of Lorraine.

  5. Trish and Joyce Morrissey says:

    Our spirit and prayers are with you. Lorraine was a wonderful lady.
    Our Best Regards,
    Trish and Joyce

  6. Donna Reynolds says:

    David, Kat, Isabel and Sophie: Her obituary captured her graceful and beautiful essence. How fortunate the Ballou family is to have had her as their matriach. Our thoughts and prayers are wtih you.

  7. Betsy (Palmer) Feeley says:

    To the entire Ballou family,

    I remember your mom from the years when my brother Pat played hockey with Ricky. She always had a smile on her face and was a wonderful lady. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you at this time.

  8. Joan Bruce says:

    To the Ballou family,
    Lorraine was a really nice lady; but I suppose you are well aware of that fact. We worked together at “Ma Bell”. My prayers are with all of her family.

  9. The Gigliotti Family says:

    Our thoughts are with you. May the great memories you have help you through this sad time in your lives.

    John, Joanie, Florence, Maryann, and Chuck

  10. Tina Favero says:

    Dear Ballou family,

    I am so sorry to hear of Mrs. Ballou’s passing. She was a lovely woman and I will always remember her kindness. May the love of family and friends comfort you during this time.

    With deepest sympathy,

    Tina Favero

RSS feed for comments on this post.