Obituary: Ball, Gladys
BALL, Gladys Gladys Catherine Ball was born on June 3rd, 1922 in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada to William and Ethel MacDonald. She passed away peacefully on the early morning of February 24th, 2013. Gladys was the older sister to three younger girls, Doris, Frances, and Shirley. The family lived on a small farm during her early years and later moved into the city. Glad, as she was known to family and friends enjoyed her childhood years, excelling at her school studies and was an avid ice skater spending many after school hours at the local ice skating rink. When she was only 12 years old she caught the eye of a handsome young boy just 13 years old. When they were grown they began a courtship and were married on November 19th, 1941. They welcomed a son, Wayne, in 1942 and a daughter, Bonnie, in 1946. The highlight of their early marriage was when they traveled to Cleveland, Ohio and were baptized in Lake Erie in symbol of their life long dedication to their God, Jehovah. Gladys was a very accomplished woman, able to draft home plans for her husband, Harry, to use in his building business, decorate those homes and landscape them for sale. She was an excellent seamstress, sewing suits for Harry and outfits for her grandchildren. A hands on Grandma she was dearly loved by her six grandchildren and six great- grandchildren. Glad and Harry enjoyed traveling throughout the U.S. and Canada, making trips to Nova Scotia where the MacDonald family was from, and every state in the United States including 10 trips to Hawaii. The last 15 years they spent several months every winter in their home in Yuma, AZ. After 60 plus years of a happy and fulfilling marriage Gladys was proceeded in death by Harry in 2002. She also lost her beloved son, Wayne, in 1970. Two of her younger sisters, Frances Reid of Edmonton and Shirley Meakin of Spokane Valley, also proceeded her in death. She is survived by her daughter, Bonnie Lundberg of Veradale, her sister Doris Matthews, of Veradale, and her daughter-in-law, Kathy Ball of Spokane Valley. Also left to miss her for a little while are her six grandchildren Cameron (Carnette) Ball, Eric (Linda) Ball, Shannon (Kirk) Harader, Martin (Leah) Lundberg, and Ian Lundberg; all of the Spokane area and Cori (Barry) Schopp of East Wenatchee and her six great-grandchildren, Scott (Cassandra) Ball of Missoula, MT and Rory (Olivia) Schopp of Kennewick, WA and Marc Ball of Veradale, WA. Jocelyn (Adam) Dotson of Spokane and Emily and Aubrey Lundberg of Spokane Valley. A capable wife who can find? Her value is far more than that of corals. Proverbs 31: 10-31 A Memorial Service will be held Saturday, March 9, 2013 at 2:00 P.M. at the Veradale Kingdom Hall of Jehovah Witness, Ron Jilge officiating. Interment was held at Pines Cemetery.