Martha "Marti" Lois Ballard

January 28, 1953 - March 23, 2020


Martha “Marti” Lois Ballard, 67, of Groves, died Monday, March 23, 2020. She was born on January 28, 1953, in Port Arthur, to Lois Odelle Dryden Richards and Arlon Henry Richards.

Marti was a devout Christian and attended First Baptist Church, Nederland. She had a heart bigger than herself and was willing to give the shirt off her back to anyone in need. Marti spent countless hours making goodie baggies and distributing them to the homeless around the Golden Triangle.

Marti loved to go on cruises, be with family, and watch westerns all day long. She never met a stranger, and all who knew her loved her to all ends. If there was a family gathering, Marti could be found in the middle of all the festivities.

Marti was "REAL". If she had an opinion, she spoke it without restraint and was loved for her outspoken ways.

Survivors include her brothers, Nathan Richards and his wife, Kathy, of Mabank and David Richards and his wife, Robbie, of Port Neches; and numerous nieces, nephews, and extended family.

A family committal was held at Broussard’s Crematorium, Beaumont, under the direction of Broussard’s, 505 North 12th Street, Nederland.

Broussard's Mortuary
Broussard's Mortuary - Nederland, TX
505 N 12th Street Nederland, TX 77627
Broussard's Crematorium
5150 Stivers Street Beaumont, TX 77705

Comments (5)

  • Allan Steeves

    27 March 2020 at 13:22 | #

    Martha was a great person and always had a smile on her face. For a couple of years she was involved in the prison ministry at the Leblanc Unit and this is where I first met Martha. She was willing to help in any way she could. The inmates loved her and respected her.
    Martha is now home


  • T. Walden

    27 March 2020 at 02:06 | #

    Marti was an angel to me. She was in just the right place, at the right time, to save my life. I will never forget her, and I will always be immeasurably grateful for her. May God bless all of her family and friends.


  • Jean Baradar

    27 March 2020 at 01:29 | #

    Martha, you were one of a kind! Met you a few years back in the CIA(Citizens In Actions). You were always so friendly & helpful in all our adventures! You will be missed by many! Thank you for your devotion to help in time of need!


  • Bobby Davis and family

    26 March 2020 at 22:33 | #

    David and Nathan, our deepest sympathy for your loss. I knew Marti since childhood from church and school, and she was always very kind and positive. Our prayers are with you. and your families.


  • Vonnie Sanders

    26 March 2020 at 19:03 | #

    To Marti's family I send my prayers and love. To Marti...I have loved you forever and always will RIP my friend.


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