In Memory

Brenda Ballard (Stevenson; Demps)

Our friend and classmate Brenda Joyce Ballard was born on May 3, 1941 in Knoxville, Tennessee to Moses Ballard and Willie Ruth Waddell Ballard.

Brenda married first Ernest Stevenson on August 7, 1960 in Santa Clara County, and they had one child. This might be the Ernie Stevenson that played football for Cubberley. If so, he was born in 1939 in Tulare County, passed in 1999, and was buried or cremated in Madera County.

Brenda married second Cooper D. Demps on December 30, 1963 in Santa Clara County, and they had one son, according to the Demps Family Tree on They divorced in 1976.

Brenda passed away on February 3, 1987 in Redwood City, age 45 years 9 months. She is buried in Mission City Memorial Park, Santa Clara, CA. Her father died in 1992 and her mother in 2012.

(Information from public records. Send corrections to Art Brown.)

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03/30/09 11:02 AM #1    

La Rae Herring (Kemp)

Brenda was a cheerleader and active in many Cubberley organizations. She died of Cancer many years ago. She was a lovely, giving person who always put others first. She always had a smile and a good word about everyone. I saw her a few months before she died, she was at peace with life and said she had no regrets.

02/27/17 08:05 AM #2    

La Rae Herring (Kemp)

I stand by my comments regarding Brenda, she was a great friend.  Her first husband was the Stevenson mentioned above.  I still recall the fun times as we stuck together in Junior & High School supporting and encouraging one another struggling to make a better life for ourselves. She was a devout Christian serving in church and loving everyone with whom she came in contact. 

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