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Marilyn Ball

Thursday, November 17, 2005

Born 7-15-1934 -- Died 9-24-2005

Marilyn Sue Ball, 71, of Loveland, Colo., died Sept. 24, 2005, while traveling in her home state of Missouri. A memorial service was held in Estes Park, Colo. in October.

She was born July 15, 1934, near New Point, the daughter of Glen and Madeline Mohler. She graduated from Oregon High School in 1952. Classmates called her cool, calm and collected. She remained unflappable and uncomplaining to the end, known for her smile, sharp wit and sunny disposition.

At Tarkio College, where she graduated with a degree in business administration in 1956, she was an accomplished thespian, and nourished her lifelong love of the arts, books and music. She moved to Kansas City and married J.N. Ball, then shared these interests with their five children. She immersed herself in their development, managing the Camp Fire Girls candy sale, leading the Cub Scout pack, serving as PTA president. For years she was a substitute teacher at Kensington Elementary in Kansas City, where she could be close to her children.

Later she resumed her career, serving as an executive secretary at Occidental Petroleum. Active in the Daughters of the American Revolution, she was a gifted seamstress and jewelry maker.

She fell in love with the Rocky Mountains during a trip with her husband after they retired.

For 15 summers she was a friendly presence in the front office at the YMCA of the Rockies.

She is survived by her husband of 48 years, J. N. Ball, formerly from Byron, son of Mike and May (Battle) Ball.

Other survivors include a brother, Lowell Mohler of Jefferson City, Mo.; five children, Tammy Adams of Columbus, Ohio, Joel Ball of Los Angeles, Jeana Ball of Loveland, Karen Ball Von Drehle of Washington, D.C., and Melanie Ball of Kansas City; and 11 grandchildren.

The family asks contributions in her memory be made to the YMCA of the Rockies Library Estes Park, CO 80511.