October 25, 1962 - May 5, 2022
Shari Kaye Brown-Balla (née Brown) was born on October 25, 1962 to Millie Jean Brown (née McAnally) and Thomas Herman Brown in Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri. Brown-Balla graduated from Waynesville High School in 1980 and moved to Springfield, Missouri to attend Southwest Missouri State University (now Missouri State University) where she received a degree in interior design. After many years of specializing in floral design and sewing, she returned to school to receive her teaching certification while working as a para-professional. She received a master’s degree in early childhood education from Drury University in addition to managing her own classroom. Brown-Balla was an ardent proponent for early childhood education. During her 20-plus year career for Springfield Public Schools, she worked at Delaware, Shady Dell, Williams, and York Elementary Schools. Brown-Balla was a 2019-20 finalist for Springfield Public School’s Teacher of the Year and was named the 2019 York Elementary Teacher of the Year. During the final years of her career, she taught for the “Wonder Years” early childhood education program and taught for the Missouri Parents as Teachers Program. Shari’s family and friends will remember her for her passion, kindness, and selfless acts. When she wasn’t teaching, she was working on projects for her family, friends, and colleagues. Her greatest joy was fostering the wellbeing of others. Her family was her greatest achievement. Shari raised her children, Nicholas (32) and Isabel (28), to dream big and spread joy. She was vocal about social representation within her communities and believed that education was the gateway to a more loving, just world. She is survived by her husband of 37 years Christopher William Balla; son Nicholas Thomas Brown Balla and his fiancé Branden Christopher Surgnier; daughter Isabel Christine Balla; and sister Elizabeth Ann Tritten (née Brown), her husband David Ray Tritten, and their children: Jason David Tritten, his wife Tracy and their children Mabelle, Cash, and Millie; Elise Brianne Schnarr (née Tritten), her husband David and their children Matylda, Charlotte, and Caroline; and Noelle Catharine Frank (née Tritten), her husband Darin and their son Gibson. In lieu of flowers, please consider giving a donation. Funds will be split between two foundations that were near to Shari’s heart: Springfield Public Schools Early Education and research to find a cure for scleroderma. Donations can be made at this site: https://givebutter.com/sharibrownballa.
Shari Kaye Brown-Balla (née Brown) was born on October 25, 1962 to Millie Jean Brown (née McAnally) and Thomas Herman Brown in Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri. Brown-Balla graduated from Waynesville High School in 1980 and moved to Springfield,... View Obituary & Service Information
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