In Memory

Rita Ann Ballard

Rita Ann Ballard

Rita Ballard, 52, passed away at her home Monday, June 14, 2004 in Salt Springs, FL, surrounded by loving family and friends.



 
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10/05/10 09:08 PM #1    

Tom Harritt

I have wonderful, fun memories of acting in some of the plays put on by the thespians our senior year.  I especially remember playing opposite the lovely Rita Ballard in the Senior Class production of 'You Can't Take It With You'.  Some may remember that Rita and I actually had a romantic kissing scene in that production and it scared me to death!  Rita had the poise and confidence of a veteran stage performer and I was an awkward, self-conscious kid dressed up like a grownup.  I might as well have been on stage with Ann Margaret.  As far as I was concerned, she was a goddess.  I would not have been surprised at all if Rita had gone on to make it big in the real world of stage and cinema!  You would not have to be a theater critic to recognize that she had real talent.  She was a natural and gifted performer.  Rita got me through a couple of unforgettable onstage kissing scenes and forever won a special place in my heart.  We were never a real-life item, but I was deeply saddened to hear of her passing.  I never saw Rita again after graduation, so she is still a beautiful, vivacious, young teenage girl in my memories and always will be.

Sincerly,

Tom Harritt


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