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Betty Ball

Betty Ball

Monday, September 7th, 1931 Wednesday, July 3rd, 2019

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Obituary for Betty Miller Ball (Miller)

On Wednesday, July 3rd, 2019, Betty Miller Ball, (age 87) died quietly in her Kensington, MD home. Born on September 7th, 1931, to Frank Miller and Beatrice Miller in New London, CT. Beloved mother of Mark (Patience) Ball, of Kensington, MD; grandmother of Tonashe Samuel (Tayo) and Tendai David Ball; sister of Walter H Miller of Groton, CT, and Kenneth G. Miller Sr., of Norwich, CT. She will also be missed by her loving church community of North Bethesda United Methodist Church and members of the OASIS. She was predeceased by her former husband Samuel Diego Ball.

Words are insufficient to describe how special she was, and what she meant to her family and friends. She was an incredible mother, mother-in-law, grandmother, sister, aunt, cousin, friend and soul-supporter. She was an angel. We are comforted by the fact that she did not suffer, and although she was nearly 88, she lived a full and active life right to the end.

Since we are celebrating her life and Betty loved joyous colors such as light blue, green, yellow, and pink, you are invited to wear any of these colors to her service. Friends will be received at North Bethesda United Methodist Church, 10100 Old Georgetown Rd., Bethesda, MD 20814, at 1:00 pm on Saturday, August 10, 2019, where a Celebration of Life will begin at 2:00 pm. In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory may be made to North Bethesda United Methodist Church: www.NorthBethesdaUMC.org

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  • Visitation

    Saturday, August 10th, 2019 | 1:00pm - 2:00pm
    North Bethesda United Methodist Church
    10100 Old Georgetown Road
    Bethesda, MD
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    Saturday, August 10th, 2019
    1:00pm - 2:00pm
  • Celebration of Life

    Saturday, August 10th, 2019 | 2:00pm
    North Bethesda United Methodist Church
    10100 Old Georgetown Road
    Bethesda, MD
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email |
    Saturday, August 10th, 2019
    2:00pm
    Officiant
    Pastor Jeff Jones

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Edwin Spirer

When I received a telephone call from Mark, I immediately knew that my great friend of 23 years was gone. I was in shock because my emotions went cold. I then awaited the written information about the inevitable funeral/memorial service. I couldn't sleep well for many nights. Then, when I was told that I was invited to be a witness at Betty's Memorial Service, my mind began spinning as to what I would say to an audience of her close friends and relatives. I decided to say exactly what my relationship with Betty was like. And, here it is for those of you that missed the August 10th, Memorial Service. In April of 1996 I was transferred to the same office in which Betty had been working - The Primary Care Medical Education Branch.

After a short period of adjustment of getting to know everyone, I noticed that Betty was the type of person who truly cared about everyone else and was always very supportive and positive no matter the task at hand. She was a very comfortable person to be around.

Our office had flexible hours and both Betty and I seemed to both arrive late and of course we had to stay late to get the work done.

After my first few weeks, Betty and I began talking about our families and life in general. Betty was always sharing wonderful stories about her son Mark and his wife to be Patience. I learned how proud she was of both of them and their achievements. I even learned lots about Patience's native country of Zimbabwe, especially its food. Of course, I also received lots of advice on how to deal with my own teenage children. Her advice was always golden, right on, tempered with lots of love, support and positive suggestions.

She was very much like my mom. In fact our Director, Dr. Fernandez, used to always refer to Betty as Mother Ball because she was always so loving, supportive, and in a word a Wonderful person.

When we began to feel more comfortable with each other, we would even have computer solitaire contests at the end of each work day when possible. We'd also share advise on all sorts of things from taxes, mortgages, how to train the dog, manage rental property, choosing windows, restaurants, and just about everything. From then on, I always referred to Betty as 'Dr. Ball' because of all that she knew about life

Then, all of a sudden one day, Betty started to become even more alive when she learned that Mark was going to marry Patience. All of us in the office heard all about the wedding plans including the trip to attend the wedding in Zimbabwe. Betty was so excited about the wedding that she wanted folks from the office to go to Zimbabwe to celebrate the wedding too. And, some folks did do just that.

After her return from the wedding, we heard every detail of the trip including the side trip to see Victoria Falls. Betty was in awe at how beautiful the world is and how lucky we all were that G-d gifted us this ability to enjoy his creation.

Then, Betty's life really became exciting when she learned she was going to be blessed with a grandchild. Betty came to work and seemed like she was floating on a cloud of love. It was wonderful to see her so happy. And, when the day came and she actually became Grandmother Ball, she began planning her retirement so she could become totally available when Mark and Patience and grandbaby Ball needed her.

After, she retired, we spoke several times a week. I could not believe how much vigor Betty had in living life to the fullest. She would be a person in constant motion. If she wasn't watching her grandchildren (and there were now 2 of them), she'd be tutoring other children, volunteering in all sorts of benevolent activities, traveling to New England to spend time with her family and enjoying short trips to Newport, Rhode Island. In addition, she always made time for a few of us from the office to go out to lunch. Betty loved to go out to lunch and hear about our lives too. And, as was her nature, always helped us sort out the complexities of our lives. I can truly say that Betty has helped me and my wife raise our children through their teenage years and beyond with her sensitive, positive words of wisdom.

I can probably go on and on about how wonderful Betty is/was. But, time is something that continues to tick away and my time as a witness is limited because other folks have lots more to say.

In this last part of my time as a witness, I'd just like to say that Mark, Patience, Tonashe Samuel (Tayo) and Tendai David had the absolutely the best most incredible mother, mother-in-law, grandmother that G-d could have gifted to anyone on earth. She was also one of the best friends I could ever have been blessed to know. She was always with me and on my side through the fun and tough stuff that life throws at you.

I must say that Betty did not leave us. She is still with us because she helped shape our lives and became part of us in many significant ways.

Betty did not leave us!!! I know that when I need to hear from her, I will continue feel her words of positive encouragement, sensitivity, and love until we may meet again if I'm so blessed.
Knowing Betty, was truly a gift that I will always cherish.

Ed Spirer
Comment | Posted at 06:34pm via Condolence
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Elvira Felton Williams

I was devastated to receive the sad news about my friend, Betty Ball. I really can't believe this, realizing that Betty was the model of excellent health as we exercised together a few years ago and I promised Betty that I would join her in Tai Chi after I returned from Tanzania in September; now, this will never happen. Betty joined us at my home the last Sunday in March for a concert; she was lively as usual with no sign that Betty was in ill health. Our last Sunday at church before we left for Tanzania in June, Betty and I chatted at usual at Coffee Hour; Betty was always smiling and upbeat, so I am really at a loss and find it hard to believe that Betty has made her transition so soon. Please accept our condolence and know that our hearts are with you all. Betty will always be remembered as one who was my friend and a friend to all.
With a very heavy heart,
Elvira Williams (& Irving Williams)
Comment | Posted at 09:28am via Condolence
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Helen Feinbloom

I am so sorry I won't be able to attend. Certainly Betty deserves a joyous celebration as she brought joy and an interest in others to all she met. I tutored (through Oasis) with Betty for several years. She was proud of 'our' team and always willing to help out as a substitute for a student (so the child wouldn't be affected by a tutors absence) . She was quick with a smile. She will be remembered fondly
Helen Feinbloom
Comment | Posted at 05:26pm via Condolence
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Sue Moser

On behalf of Oasis Tutoring, I extend our deepest and most heartfelt sympathies to Betty's family and friends. Betty was a volunteer tutor with our program for 15 years and was admired and loved by her fellow tutors. I knew Betty personally for over 4 years and found her to be the epitome of kindness and thoughtfulness. She always thought of others and was concerned about the well-being of her friends and fellow volunteers. Her devotion to her life-long friend and fellow tutor, Annette Swaby, was evident to all. On May 21st, Betty was honored in front of almost 100 attendees at our annual tutor luncheon for her 15 years of dedicated service to her students and her school. She was gracious and lovely as always and we are so glad that we were able to honor her in this way. Everyone looked forward so much to seeing her in the fall. The attached photo is of Betty when she received her award. We wanted to share it with her family. She will be deeply, deeply missed by all of us here at Oasis. Keeping you in our hearts.
Comment | Posted at 03:41pm via Condolence
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Beverly Solomon

To Mar, Patience, Tayo and Tendai,
It is with great sadness that I send my most sincere condolences to you concerning the loss of my sweetheart Aunt Betty. Since I was a little girl she has been a role model of love, kindness, sweetness. I told her many times in my life that aspired to be the kind of woman that she is knowing I could never actually measure up to her as there will only ever be one Aunt Bette. I think of her daily as I told her many times. That will not ever change. I will miss her as my mentor, my aunt, my friend and the last matriarch of our family. She wore that crown well. I will always love my sweetest love. I will always look forward to hearing her voice and seeing her smile again in paradise. I thank God for blessing me with my Aunt Betty and sharing the gift of her with us as long as he did. I love you all. I pray your strength and encouragement. God bless you family.
Comment | Posted at 11:57pm via Condolence
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Beverly Solomon

Mark not Mar.
Posted at 11:58pm
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