VEVA BALL HASSLOCHER, beloved wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, restaurateur and friend, died on Wednesday, May 6, 2009 in San Antonio, Texas. Veva was born in Bellevue, Kentucky, to Veva Ruth Ward Ball and Harrison Muir Ball on Sunday, March 2, 1924. Her family moved to San Antonio during World War II. After the war, Veva met Jim Hasslocher in Brackenridge Park while attempting to rent a bicycle from his shop behind Jim's original restaurant. That meeting began a relationship lasting sixty-two years. Working in tandem, they artfully built a prosperous chain of foodservice operations and cared for their five children and extended family of "Frontier" employees. Her penchant for caring and quality in everything she touched never waned. Veva often said with a smile on her face, "It's been a great ride." Always finding time and support for the people and causes dear to her heart, Veva possessed a rare and exceptional ability to call, write, inquire, encourage, surprise, and give hope to others. Her unfailing generosity had few rivals, and her beneficiaries were many. Veva's willingness to care and love unconditionally were seasonally demonstrated to her neighbors and community with spectacular outdoor decorations at their home that caused folks of all ages to anticipate with wonder what the next holiday occasion might bring. Veva was a founding member of the San Antonio Restaurant Association Women's Auxiliary and twice served as its president. She served alongside Jim as the elegant First Lady of both the Texas Restaurant Association (1960) and the National Restaurant Association (1986). In 2002, the SARA Women's Auxiliary honored her dedication and loyal service with their very first "Lifetime Achievement Award." The depth of sadness we all feel at her death is testimony to the depth of connections she sought out and maintained for her passions and loved ones her entire life. Her parents and brother Lloyd predecease Veva. Her husband, Jim Hasslocher, survives her, along with her children, Susan Hasslocher, Caryn Hasslocher and husband Tony Koch, Bobby Hasslocher, Jimmy Hasslocher and wife Tracie, and Julie Stirman. In addition, fourteen grandchildren and five great-grandsons survive her along with her sister Carol and husband Johnny Cothren, devoted housekeeper Eddie Mae Boone, and many nieces and nephews. Visitation is from 1:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, May 9 and from 2:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. on Sunday, May 10 at SUNSET (1701 Austin Hwy). The Reverend Buckner Fanning will officiate the celebration of Veva's life on Monday, May 11 at 2:00 p.m. at Alamo Heights United Methodist Church, 825 East Basse Road, San Antonio, Texas 78209. Veva's family wishes to express gratitude to the caring staff at Kingsley Place at Oakwell Farms and to Dr. David Grant and Dr. Gary Songco. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions to Boysville or to the
of San Antonio.
Published in Express-News from May 8 to May 11, 2009