Socialite Turned Activist
Ernesta Drinker Ballard, Philadelphia: socialite, debutante, horticulturalist, author, teacher, preservationist, businesswoman, skateboarding advocate, mother, wife, feminist, 1920-2005.
Some obituaries really are worth reading. In addition to the link already provided (for “‘One of the great citizens’ of Philadelphia,” by Rusty Pray, Philadelphia Inquirer, August 12), see “Ernesta Ballard, a 'Treasure,’ Dies,” by John F. Morrison, and “A Philadelphia Icon Passes,” both in the Philadelphia Daily News.
[Note: This item is cross-posted at The Rittenhouse Review.]