Helen Maynard Ball
1953 - 2015
BORN
1953
DIED
2015
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.
MEMORIAL EVENTS
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8
Service
2:00p.m.
Life Connection Church
208 Nutmeg Lane, Euless, TX
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I am so sorry for your loss
May you have Kindness and Peace from God our Father and the lord Jesus Christ.
1cor; 1:3
May 23, 2016
I am so sorry for your loss. May you find comfort during this grieving moment. Psalm 105:4
M Skanes
May 23, 2016
Although I didn't know Helen, I just wanted to say to the family and friends, how sorry I am for the loss of your loved one. Your family will be in my prayers. (John 11:1-44)
Carolyn
May 23, 2016
Helen inspired me at one of my first jobs in Houston! She was a mentor, cheerleader and go getter on steroids and I loved that about her! Thru the years she always sent me Guideposts & was so inspirational . I remember her Maynard Mix that she would give out as gifts! I just happened to want to connect with her and found this sad notice! So very sorry for your loss! I do always remember her Sweet Smile- that is embedded in my mind. Blessings to you & your family! Liz & Paul Espenan
September 7, 2015
I'm just now learning of Helen's May 23rd passing, which saddens me greatly. I had known her since meeting her at Ogontz Camp White Mountain Camp in the early 1960s, when she was only about 7 years old. I'm grateful that I had a chance to reconnect with her at Ogontz reunions in 2003 & 2007. As her moving obituary indicates, she was a bright spirit who worked tirelessly to help others & will obviously be missed by all who knew & loved her. My heartfelt sympathy to Helen's entire family, especially husband Bob and sisters Barb & Joan.
Karen Kelly Becker
August 8, 2015
I am saddened by your loss. You will be remembered
Charles Vorkoper
August 7, 2015
Our thoughts and prayers are with you always.
Dennis and Kay Kinney
August 5, 2015
As Helen's older sister we often joked that we were actually twins separated in the 'womb'. Helen just arrived 10 years after me. Our Dad had a friend who often commented that "those two are as thick as thieves'. We took that as a compliment.
I miss her more than words can say and I know she is still with me in many ways.
I am so grateful to Helen's Bob for putting the obituary together and arranging the memorial service. (All three of the Mahhod girls married a Bob.) I will be there in spirit. Barbara Mahood Olson
Barbara Mahood Olson
August 5, 2015
Please accept my condolences. Mrs. Helen seem to have been a very loving person that gave back to her community and beyond. I hope you will find comfort and hope from the words found at John 6:39,40. May your wonderful memories of her brighten your days and put smiles on your face. I know she will be deeply missed.
vincent
August 5, 2015
Von Reynolds
August 5, 2015
Maureen Earhart
August 5, 2015
Although I only meet Helen once, it was instant like and I cared deeply for her. I'm so sorry for your short life with my brother as I know he loved you very much. You will always be in my heart sweet Helen.
Maureen Ball-Earhart
August 5, 2015
I am so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayer will be with you and your family.
Charmaine
August 5, 2015
Helen was always a great inspiration to me as I struggled with leadership and management of our church group. She lovingly showed how to lead by her example.
Bob Fitch
August 5, 2015
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