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Margaret Eleanor Ball

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Margaret Eleanor Ball Obituary
July 25, 1921 - Feb. 5, 2013

Margaret Eleanor Ball, age 91, passed away on Tuesday, February 5, 2013 at her home. Marge was born on Monday, July 25, 1921 in New Haven Township, Gratiot County, Michigan, to Millie (Guernsey) and Thomas Downing.
Marge married Clarence Woodrow Ball on September 16, 1944 in Mt. Pleasant, Michigan and they were married for sixty-two years. Together they raised three children. After retiring they enjoyed many years of traveling north to the Lake Superior shoreline to camp, fish and hunt for agates in the spring and fall. In the winter they traveled south to Florida to spend several months, where they enjoyed friends met there, and family visitors from up north. In their spare time, they made quilts together for family and friends, participated in flea markets and visited the Mount Pleasant Big Boy daily for breakfast.
After Clarence passed away in 2006, Marge continued her life on the farm, enjoying reading, writing, tending her bird feeders throughout the year, taking care of her cats, and growing beautiful flowers in the summer. Visits by family and friends were always welcome, especially the young visitors. Marge enjoyed her life on the farm, continuously noting the ever changing Michigan nature and wildlife around her. Marge was employed for twenty five years as a secretary for the CMU Department of Public Safety. She also was a secretary/bookkeeper for Valley Chemical when she was younger. Marge joined the Women's Army Auxiliary Corps (WAACS) during World War II to serve her country.
Surviving Marge are her family members, which include her children, Anne (Steve) Lees, Patricia (Tom) Swindlehurst, and Michael (Janice) Ball; grandchildren, Julie Swanson, Jay (Penny) Perry, Aaron Swindlehurst, Elizabeth Boyd, Christopher (Vicky) Ball and Alexander Ball; great grandchildren, Brianne and Whitney Swanson, Ted Oberlander, Emily and Kimberly Ball; and many, many other beloved family and friends.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Clarence; her sister, Gretchen; brothers, Maynard and Arthur; and a grandson, Devin Perry.
A Memorial Service Celebrating Marge's Life will be held on Sunday, February 10, 2013 at 2 p.m. at the Rowley Funeral Home with Mr. Gene Beavers officiating. Interment of the cremated remains will take place in Riverside Cemetery, Mt. Pleasant beside her husband at a later date. Friends and family will gather on Sunday at the funeral home from 1 p.m. until time of service. Memorial contributions have been suggested to Woodland Hospice. Envelopes are available at the funeral home.
Marge lived a long and full life and will be dearly missed by her children, grandchildren, great grandchildren, and other family and friends. Her ever present humor, wonderful stories, hardy soul and true appreciation for life will live on in the hearts and minds of everyone who knew her.
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"Honoring Traditions, Respecting Change"
Published in The Morning Sun on Feb. 7, 2013
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