Dix Ballard Nord, a governor-appointed member of the Mississippi Humanities Council from June 2008 to October 2011, died April 17 in Gulfport.

Excerpted from the Clarion-Ledger. Dix Ballard Nord was born Oct. 11, 1950, in Natchez and passed away April 17, 2012, in Gulfport. She was a 1968 graduate of Natchez High School and received a bachelor of arts degree from the University of Mississippi in 1972. On Oct. 2, 1976, she married Peter Allen Nord, her husband of 35 years, at St. Mary’s Basilica in Natchez. Her two children, Sophie and Watson, were the greatest joy of her life.

Nord was active in the Chi Omega Chapter at the University of Mississippi, serving as president. She remained involved with the sorority by serving on the Chi Omega Tau House Corporation for the past 15 years and being active in the local alumni chapter. She served as queen of the Natchez Pilgrimage in 1969, an honored tradition among the ladies in her family. She was also proud to serve on the Mississippi Humanities Council and was an active parishioner of St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church.

As proprietors of The Chimneys Restaurant, Nord and her family contributed to the rebirth of the Mississippi Gulf Coast after Hurricane Katrina with the rebuilding of The Chimneys.

Nord touched countless lives with a subtle and gentle grace. She lived her life for her children, family, endless friends, treasured employees and the many patrons of The Chimneys. She enjoyed serving others by helping with community festivals and fundraisers and assisting with numerous volunteer projects. She was known by all as the most unselfish woman in the world and was blessed with a radiance that allowed her to volunteer with joy in her heart.

Nord was a nurturing, loving soul who never forgot a name, a face or a tender detail of someone’s life. She truly lived her life for others, never putting herself first, and graciously caring for everyone she knew.

She was creative, artistic and made any environment more lovely and special with her natural talent for bringing warmth and beauty to any place or any occasion. She was a prolific giver of compliments and was perpetually humble and unassuming. She loved unconditionally, gave of herself tirelessly and anonymously and lived her life with the heart of a servant and the demeanor of a lady.

She is survived by her husband, Peter Allen Nord; their two children, Sophie Rowan Nord and Peter Watson Nord, both of Gulfport; and her mother, Sallie Junkin Ballard of Natchez. Her survivors also include her siblings, Glen Ballard of Los Angeles, CA, Wensel Ballard Conroy (Michael) of Covington, LA, Donna Ballard Maselli (Joe) of New Orleans, LA, and John Ballard (Melinda) of Moberly, MO.; 10 nephews; and five nieces. She was preceded in death by her father, Basil Glen Ballard Sr.; her niece, Bannon Dix Ballard; her maternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. John R. Junkin; and her paternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. William Dudley Ballard.

A memorial and a Mass of Christian Burial were conducted in Natchez Saturday, April 21. A Memorial Mass will be held at 6 p.m. Monday, April 23, at St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church in Long Beach. In lieu of customary remembrances, memorial contributions may be directed to the Dix Ballard Nord Foundation, P.O. Box 486, Gulfport, MS 39502. Tributes may be shared with the family at http://www.riemannfamily.com.

Posted on April 23 2012