BALL, Helen Maynard Helen Maynard Ball passed away Saturday May 23, 2015 at her home in Grapevine. A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m Saturday August 8, 2015 at the Life Connection Church located at 208 Nutmeg Lane, Euless. Helen was born November 16, 1953 in Summit, New Jersey and received her B.A. from Bates College in Maine. Postponing plans to attend law school, she began working and instead decided to pursue an M.B.A. from the University of Connecticut while she continued to work. She retired in 2008 with over 35 years experience as a business executive with a Fortune 100 corporation. She rose to the level of Vice President at Tracy-Locke, and a Director of Sales Operations at Idearc, formerly a division of Verizon. During her career she became a Dale Carnegie Certified Trainer for Sales, Sales Management, Leadership and Human Relations, and a certified project manager. Her various assignments included six domestic transfers and a four year international transfer to Belgium, as well as constant domestic and international travel to over 90 offices around the world. Helen was fluent in French which served her well while living in Belgium. An intrepid volunteer, she helped build houses for Habitat for Humanity in Dallas, Spokane, and Hungary. A literacy advocate, Helen volunteered for Dallas Read for over 10 years. When her mother was diagnosed with Early-onset Alzheimer's Disease in the early 1970's she founded the first chapter in Connecticut of the Alzheimer's Association, that became an invaluable resource for caregivers and professionals at a time when so little was known about this disease. Helen was a tireless worker for suicide prevention and the healing process for survivors. She volunteered in many areas of suicide prevention and crisis management such as answering a 24 hour crisis line, conducting postventions, speaking to small and large groups about prevention and awareness, facilitating support groups, and much more. Helen was a certified crisis worker and served on the board of the North Texas American Foundation of Suicide Prevention. She always believed the best way to help herself was by helping others. Helen loved traveling with her husband, whether to a distant land, or a day trip on the back of their motorcycle. Possessing a nurturing heart and a beautiful smile she always greeted friends and loved ones with a warm hug. She was funny, adventurous, smart, and had an insatiable curiosity. Helen will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved her. She was preceded in death by her parents, Joseph and Mildred Mahood, and her brother David. Survivors include husband, Robert of Grapevine; stepson, Bryan and his wife Jessica and granddaughter, Emma of Cedar Hill; Sisters Barbara Olson and Leslie Brooks; nephews David Olson, Timothy and Todd Brooks, of Rapid City, SD, and niece Joann Waltman of Charleston, SC. Donations to the Suicide and Crisis Center of North Texas and/or the North Texas Chapter of the American Foundation of Suicide Prevention in lieu of flowers would be appreciated.
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Published by Dallas Morning News on Aug. 5, 2015.