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Louise Hastings Ballard

A graveside inurnment for Louise Hastings Ballard of Jackson, formerly of Poplar Bluff, was held Saturday, June 5, 2021, at 11 a.m. at Memorial Gardens Cemetery in Poplar Bluff. A celebration of life will be held Thursday, June 24, 2021, from 10 a.m. to noon at the Jackson Senior Center. McCombs Funeral Home and Cremation Center in Jackson was entrusted with Louise’s care.

Louise, 87, died Tuesday, June 1, 2021, at her home. She was born March 19, 1934, in Poplar Bluff to Odie and Eva Taylor Settlemoir. She and Welton Hastings were married July 18, 1953.

Three daughters were born to their union. They had been married 33 years when Welton passed away Oct. 1, 1986. She later married Paul Ballard, and they had been married 10 years when Paul passed away.

Louise was an operating room tech, working many years at Poplar Bluff Hospital, Lucy Lee Hospital and Poplar Bluff Regional Medical Center, retiring in 2005. She was a member of Family Worship Center in Poplar Bluff.

She moved to Jackson in 2011. Many in Jackson will remember that Louise enjoyed volunteering at the Jackson Senior Center.

Loving survivors include three daughters, Desma (Danny) Reno of Jackson, Trish (Kenny) King of Poplar Bluff and Welta Garrison of Dexter, stepson, James (Gayla) Ballard of Searcy, AR, five grandchildren, Matthew (Dana) Reno, Jonathan Reno, Jenna (Michael) Long, Dara Seabaugh and Brock Garrison, nine great-grandchildren, Liam, Kadyn, Talon, Kaylor, Micah, Mekenna, Isaiah, Avery, Brendan and a sister-in-law, Freda Settlemoir Fox. She was preceded in death by her husbands, a grandson, Cameron Garrison, siblings, Dennis Settlemoir, Barbara Robinson, Glenda Settlemoir, Floria Gisse and her parents, Odie and Eva Settlemoir.

Memorials may take the form of contributions to the Jackson Senior Center or the American Cancer Society.

To share an online condolence with the family, visit, go to Louise’s obituary page and click on the tribute wall tab.

Jay Forness covers education, county government and community events for The Cash-Book Journal. He graduated from Southeast Missouri State University with a degree in multimedia journalism and has lived in Jackson for the past five years. He can be reached at

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