BUTLER: The Lord planted a seed of love in the heart of Doris Ball. It wasn't sown there to stay. Love isn't love until it's given away, and Doris' life became a blossom of the Gospel message. Her genuine loving kindness and Christian compassion personified I John 3:18 "let us not love with words or speech but with actions and in truth."(NIV)
The Lord called Doris to himself Saturday evening July 2, 2016 from her Butler home. She was 88.
Born July 8, 1927 in Mansfield to Albert and Lula Mae (Tooker) Wolfgang, she was graduated from Butler High School in 1945. Her high school sweetheart Paul Richard "Dick" Ball, became her husband on February 28, 1948.
Doris worked in the cafeteria of the Butler School through the 60s and 70s, but will be better remembered for the generations of childcare she has offered to Butler area families. A former Cub Scout den mother, she enjoyed reading mysteries and Amish Christian novels. An excellent cook and baker, Doris' made a mean coconut cream pie, but specialized in Dick's two favorite pies: "hot" or "cold".
A member of Three Crosses, a United Methodist Fellowship, Doris taught Sunday school for decades and she and Dick generated the Sunday morning bulletins for years.
The love that grew in her heart for her grandchildren and great grandchildren extended to many: she "couldn't stand to see someone in need." Doris was a giver.
She is survived by her husband of 68 years Paul Richard "Dick" Ball; their daughter and son-in-law Cheryl and Dana Barnette of Fairlawn; grandchildren Stephen & Jill Barnette, Jeffrey & Jacque Barnette and Rachel & Brad Gulas; great grandchildren Kaylee, Zachary, Leah, Scarlett and Caleb; a brother and sister-in-law; a sister and brother-in-law; nieces, nephews and cousins.
She was preceded in death by her son Richard L. "Ric" Ball.
The Ball family will receive friends Wednesday, July 6, 2016 from 4 to 7 p.m. in the Bellville Snyder Funeral Home. A worship service, giving glory to God for the life of Doris Ball will be held Thursday at 11 a.m. in Three Crosses, a United Methodist Fellowship, Butler. Pastors Brandon Keck and Keith McLaughlin will officiate. Burial will follow in Zion Cemetery.
Contributions in Doris' memory to Hospice of North Central Ohio may be made at the funeral home.
Snyder Funeral Home is honored to serve the Ball family. Send them a message of sympathy and support online at: SnyderFuneralHomes.com