Kathryn E. "Kathy" Ball, of Winder, passed away early morning May 20, 2014 at her home.
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She was born April 6, 1957 at Central Baptist Hospital in Lexington, KY. She was a wonderful woman and an amazing mother as she always had a smile on her face and could make anyone's day better. She was a hard worker and dedicated her life to her children, making sure they knew they were loved. She enjoyed attending all of their activities and events. Kathy enjoyed antiques, thrift shopping and she loved to cook and bake for her family. She was outgoing and never met a stranger.
Kathy always loved getting the days started by affectionately proclaiming "all hands on deck!" as the family call to rise and shine for her children Keith, Brad and Brittany. They would pretend to be annoyed at this saying that she learned from her grandmother, yet look back and smile hearing their mama cheering them on for another day of savoring life. No ordinary alarm clock would do for her as she so wanted to set the right tone for the loves of her life every single day.
As an 11 year old, Kathy moved with her family from Lexington to Louisville in 1968 and attended Westport Road Junior/High School in Louisville, KY, graduating on May 20, 1975. She was a member of the High School Drill Team and loved her four years marching and entertaining for all the sports games. She was so proud to be a Warhawk, attending many high school reunions and keeping in close touch with so many of her lifetime school friends. For Kathy, these formative years truly defined her.
She worked in sales at Chico's FAS Inc. and had been there since July 27, 2009.
Prior to her career with Chico's, Kathy had a very successful management career the Best Lock Company, now known as Stanley Security Systems. She began this career in the Orlando office, and quickly was promoted to increasing levels of responsibility leading to a promotion into management and relocating to the home office in Indianapolis, IN. From there, Best Lock moved Kathy to Seattle, WA to help build a new operation with appropriate staffing, systems, and logistical planning. Kathy's final chapter with Best Lock was a new assignment in the Atlanta office as she continued to create success and greater responsibilities.
Kathy was preceded in death by: her maternal grandparents, Kathryn and Gordon Bozarth; paternal grandparents, Margaret and Henry Ritchie; mother, Jan Bozarth Ritchie; uncle, Phil Ritchie; cousin, Kevin Lee Sims; sister, Kimberly Jan McGregor; and nephew, Jason Michael Ritchie.
She is survived by: her husband, Kevin Ball; her sons, Keith Nau of Evansville, IN and Brad Burgess of Winder; daughter, Brittany Ball also of Winder; father, Craig Ritchie and stepmother Jane Ritchie of Evansville, IN; brother Bob Ritchie and sister in law Donna of St. Pete Beach. FL; Brian Ray of Dayton, OH; sister Stacey Sheehan and brother in law Mike of South Carolina; grandchildren, Haylie Givens, Matthew, Brayden and Kathryn Nau of Evansville IN; nephew Jon Ritchie and wife Abby of St. Petersburg FL, Ryan Sheehan of Niles OH; nieces Olivia, Isabella and Michaela McGregor and brother in law Mike McGregor of Evansville IN, Chena Sheehan of South Carolina, and Lakiana Bullard of Xenia OH.
Services will be held 2 p.m. Monday, May 26 at Carter Funeral Home in Winder, officiated by Rev. Terry Hawkins. Friends may visit Sunday, May 25 from 2 – 5 p.m. at the funeral home. The family is so looking forward to seeing all of Kathy's work, church, and Winder friends as we celebrate her life of love and service.
Condolences may be made online at www.carterfhwinder.com.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the
, in Kathy's honor. The web site for contributions is: https://donate.heart.org/
Carter Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Published in BarrowCountyNews on May 23, 2014
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