Mabel Henderson Haynes, 95, wedding consultant

September 20, 2002

Mabel Henderson Haynes, a former wedding consultant and buyer for a bridal shop, died of heart failure Saturday at College Manor Nursing Home in Lutherville. The Overlea resident was 95.

She was born in Nebraska and raised on a farm in Oklahoma. She married Wayne Ballard in 1928, and they moved to Baltimore in 1941.

Though trained as a schoolteacher in Oklahoma, she began working at the old Schleisner Co. women's store at Howard and Saratoga streets in the 1940s. When Schleisner's closed, she moved to Stewart and Co. and worked in a department that handled exclusive dresses.

At both stores, she was a bridal consultant and buyer. A talented seamstress, she made most of her children's clothes, as well as her own.

Her first marriage ended in divorce in 1960. In 1963, she married Fred Brown Haynes, a physicist who died in 1988.

Mrs. Haynes was active in the Lioness Club of the Overlea Lions Club and Kenwood Presbyterian Church, 4601 Fullerton Ave. in Overlea, where a memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. today.

Survivors include a son, A. Wayne Ballard Jr. of Towson; a sister, Faye Patzkowsky of Baltimore; six grandchildren; and 17 great-grandchildren. Another son, Lowell Douglas Ballard, died in 1998.

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