Mary Ball

Mary Audrey Ball

Friday, February 17th, 1922 - Sunday, March 15th, 2020
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Mary Audrey Ball
WWII British Veteran
Auxiliary Territorial Service

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of a true British lady and our family's matriarch, Mary Ball at the age of 98 . Mary passed away peacefully surrounded by the love and comfort of her family at Ross Memorial Hospital in Lindsay on March 15, 2020.

She was predeceased by her adoring husband Geoffrey (1995). Beloved mother of Lynne (Terry) and Christine (Brian 2017). Cherished Grandma of Nikki (Darren) and Stacee (Steven). Loving Grammy of Kyli, Shae, Taylor and Haylee. She will be remembered by relatives in England, Australia, Wales, and the U.S.A., as well as special friends Pat and Norman Ashworth.

Loved by all who knew her, Mary's warm smile and loving eyes embraced you with a hug that needed no arms. Her strong will and independent nature enabled her to live on her own until she was 93, after which she moved to Adelaide Place Retirement Home in Lindsay. There she enjoyed new friends and flourished under the loving attention of the caring staff.

Hearftelt thanks go to the nurses in the hospital and Palliative Care Unit, Ross Memorial Hospital, as well as the honest and compassionate guidance of Drs. Chandra and Katakkar.

As per Mary's wishes, cremation has taken place, however due to the current health situation, a Celebration of Life will be held a a later date. If you wish, donations can be made to the Alzheimer Society or the Humane Society. Condolences can be expressed on-line at Barnes Memorial Funeral Home, Whitby, Ontario .
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Stanley McCormack

Posted at 05:16pm
Mary Ball served as a Spotter during World War II. She was born in 1922 and served in the Auxillary Territorial Service during the War Years > first as an underage member and later as fulltime army serviceman.
As a Spotter one had to be able to identify not only the “enemy” fighter aircraft, but also the Allied aircraft. Mary explained that as a Spotter one passed along the essential information by SHOUTING!!
Essential information would include Altitude, Range, and Direction. Said information was “shouted” along until eventually it was forwarded to the Gunner, the Serviceman responsible for firing at the intruding aircraft. Mary performed her duties in Yorkshire, England, and said the sirens called her to duty almost every night during the Battle of Britain. (Radar was in its infancy at this time and evidently was not operational in Yorkshire.) Stan McCormack

Donna Ritch

Posted at 03:30pm
Mary, you were my Mom too... In all the cards you gave me over the years you always signed them, Mom#2. You embraced me as one of your own. In addition, you and Geoff shared the kind of love rarely seen and your love inspired me.

Your love of family was topmost in your mind and you adored your beautiful daughters and granddaughters. You always said that you were grateful to have granddaughters as you knew " how to do girls".

Your memory will remain in my heart the rest of my life..........our cups of tea, story telling, little jokes are among some of the sweetest memories. Celebrating Christmas, New Years and every time Christine came home were always events made speicial. Thank you for the support you showed me over the many years. Thank you for being proud of me. I needed that.

Thank you too for your daughter Christine, my bestie from the age of fifteen. Her generous loving nature is a tribute to you and to Geoff.
Your daughter Lynne was able to be an amazing caregiver even when your needs expanded, always respectful to you, always there for you and giving endlessly with a loving heart. I so admire her.
The world needs more people like you, like Geoff, like Christine, like Lynne. I am just so appreciative that I was able to have you in my life.
Your extended family, your granddaughters and their families will be your legacy too. ,,, a fine legacy.

Grateful today that you knew how much I love you and that I told you how you and Geoff added so much to my life and helped prepare me for adulthood,

I will miss you forever and am so grateful that you were such an integral part of my life.
Donna [White] Ritch

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