Mona Mae Ballard Karns
  • In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate memorial contributions in Mona's name be given to
  • the American Lung Association of Ohio
    4050 Executive Park Drive
    Cincinnati, OH 45241

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“Our Deepest Sympathy to the family,I will always remember her laugh and the goodness of Mona's heart for the love she had for all her family.how much...Read More »
1 of 11 | Posted by: Georgenia Rowland - Mount Gilead, OH

“Sending my condolences to Mona's family and friends. She was a great lady . May the memories of Mona help you find peace . ”
2 of 11 | Posted by: Susie Karns

“I'm so sorry Penny, my thoughts are with you. ”
3 of 11 | Posted by: Tami Bay - Albany, OH - friend

“Tammy, I did not have the opportunity to meet your mother, but she sounded like an amazing woman from the stories you told. May you find peace in...Read More »
4 of 11 | Posted by: Sherri Gilbraith

“Those who were fortunate enough to have Mona in their lives have been blessed. Rejoice in the memories and celebrate them. Tuck them into your...Read More »
5 of 11 | Posted by: Cathy Riggs - Athens, OH

“Hugs and Prayers to the Family! Mona will always be remembered for her kindness and her whit! She will always be loved and never forgotten. If you...Read More »
6 of 11 | Posted by: Margaret McManis Easter - Waverly, OH

“Praying for the family may God comfort you at this time. ”
7 of 11 | Posted by: Paula Thompson McNichols - AZ

“I'm so sorry for your loss. I still remember all my Creola good times. You're all in my thoughts and prayers. ”
8 of 11 | Posted by: Linda Dutcher Maerker - Wellston, OH

“hugs and prayers to the family , mona will missed by many she was a great person and loved having fun , she was always there for those who needed her...Read More »
9 of 11 | Posted by: angie mcmanis - logan, OH

“Our thoughts and prayers are with the family at this time. May God give you comfort today and in all the difficult days ahead. ”
10 of 11 | Posted by: Morris & Fredia Hopkins - PIKETON

“Mona was one of the sweetest women we have ever met. We will never forget her. Our thoughts and prayers to her family. She will be missed. ”
11 of 11 | Posted by: The Brothertons - Creola, OH


Mona Mae Ballard Karns, age 78, of Creola, passed away Tuesday morning, January 6, 2015, at her home. She was born May 13, 1936 in Antigo, Wisconsin to the late John William Ballard and Verda Esther Buetow Ballard. Mona was a former employee of Goodyear in Logan and Austin Powder Plant, and was a former caregiver for the Vinton County DD for over 25 years. She enjoyed oil painting, gardening and sewing, and she was an amazing cook and a beloved mother and grandmother. Mona is survived by 2 daughters and sons-in-law, Patricia "Penny" and Don Fairchild of Creola and Tammy and Larry Hopkins of McArthur; 3 grandchildren, Jami Sowers, Donnie Fairchild and Lauren Hopkins; 2 great-grandchildren, Breanna Sowers and Owen Sowers; brother, Bob (Joan) Ballard of Westerville; 2 sisters, Bonnie (Bill) Nichols of North Carolina and Virginia Sikorski of McArthur; sister-in-laws, Pat Ballard of Mansfield, Debbie Ballard of Lancaster and Betty Ballard of Florida; brother-in-law, Steve Leonard of Logan; former brother-in-law and special friend, Ernie Allman of Creola; special friends, Jim and Judy Perry of Creola, as well as many nieces and nephews. Besides her parents, Mona was preceded in death by her husband, Elmer Burton "Burt" Karns in 2001, and siblings, Bill Ballard, Thomas Ballard, Julie Leonard and Michael Ballard. Calling hours will be Thursday from 4 to 8 P.M. at the McWilliams Funeral Home in Wellston. Funeral service will be Friday at 1 P.M. at the McWilliams Funeral Home with Pastor Don Fairchild officiating. Burial will follow in the Elk Cemetery in McArthur. In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate memorial contributions in Mona's name be given to the American Lung Association of Ohio, 4050 Executive Park Drive, Suite 402, Cincinnati, Ohio 45241.