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Nancy Jane Avenell Ball
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Birth: Oct. 5, 1918
Fresno
Fresno County
California, USA
Death: Jul. 29, 2011
Sandpoint
Bonner County
Idaho, USA

October 5, 1918 - July 29, 2011

Nancy Jane Ball, 92, resident of Heron, MT, passed away peacefully surrounded by her family on Friday, July 29, 2011 in Sandpoint, ID. Private family services have been held.

Nancy was born on October 5, 1918 in Fresno, CA to William and Mary (Mitchell) Avenell.

She is the beloved mother of 9 children, Pat Ball (Sue Ball of Heron, MT), Michael (Sharon) Ball of Chilliwack, BC, John (Alison) Ball of Morro Bay, CA, Mary (Ron) Perron of Sandpoint, ID, Janice (Joe) Tuzzolino of Fullerton, CA, Margret (Steve) Langer of Prineville, OR, Kathy Ball (Vada) of Heron, MT, Tom (Sandy) Ball of Coeur d'Alene, ID, and Martha Ball of Heron, MT; grandmother of 23; and great-grandmother of 16.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Roy Ball in 1995 and son Pat Ball in 1984.

So, what can we say about Nancy Jane?

Fifteen years ago, with her usual and ever-present sense of humor, Nancy asked her granddaughter if she had to die before having a song written about her. This song was written for Nancy and sung many times in the ensuing years.


Should I Wait
by Julie Perron
for Grandma Ball

I am not sure why you chose summer
July 6 would be the date
You got hitched at Newman Chapel
Guess you both just couldn't wait

You had no money for the rings
No house that you could call your own
You didn't need a gosh darn thing
Cuz in each other's arms you'd found a home

You always planned to have a family
But Grandpa's job moved you around
To Canada and Santa Barbara
And in Compton you settled down

With Pat and Mike and John and Mary
Janice, Margret, Kathleen Ruth
Tommy and last but not least Martha
And you never even lost your sense of youth

Should I wait
Why should I wait
Cuz no one knows what tomorrow will bring
Should I wait
Why should I wait
Cuz Grandma you're the song that we all sing

We watched you taking care of Grandpa
With precious, priceless dignity
How you would feed and you would bathe him
And at night we could hear you read

You never waived your right to nurture
You never let him leave your side
You kept that intercom in the garden
And held his hand when he cried

Should I wait
Why should I wait
Cuz no one knows what tomorrow will bring
Should I wait
Why should I wait
Cuz Grandma you're the song that we all sing

You know that you've become a legend
A way to learn to live
You are, you are the Cosmos in motion
In the little ways you give

Like when a grandchild needs a card game
Like when a husband needs a hand
Like when a son or daughter need your wisdom
It's amazing how you always understand

Should I wait
Why should I wait
Cuz no one knows what tomorrow will bring
Should I wait
Why should I wait
Cuz Grandma you're the song that we all sing

Should I wait
Why should I wait
Cuz no one knows what tomorrow will bring
Should I wait
Why should I wait
Cuz Grandma you're the song that we all sing

Should I wait....

She will be so missed, by so many, foreverů 
 
Burial:
Unknown
Specifically: Private family services have been held
 
Created by: Brandie Markham Broberg
Record added: Aug 15, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 74991065
Nancy Jane <i>Avenell</i> Ball
Added by: Brandie Markham Broberg
 
 
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