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Bertha Crosley Ball
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Birth: 1875
Terre Haute
Vigo County
Indiana, USA
Death: Sep. 7, 1957
Delaware County
Indiana, USA

Funeral services for Mrs. Bertha Crosley Ball, widow of one of the founders of Ball Brothers Co., will be held at 4 p.m. Wednesday at the Meeks Mortuary. The Rev. Russell W. Lockwood of the First Universalist Church will officiate. Entombment will be in the family mausoleum at Beech Grove Cemetery.

Mrs. Ball, the widow of Edmund Burke Ball, died shortly before noon Monday in Ball Hospital, where she had been a patient for the past two weeks. She had been ill for the past 18 months.

Friends may call at the Meeks Mortuary between 3 and 5 p.m. and 7 and 9 p.m. Tuesday, and any time before services Wednesday.

Mrs. Ball, who was widely acclaimed in Muncie for her social and civic work, was a native of Terre Haute, and the daughter of a Universalist minister. Part of her childhood was spent in Glasgow, Scotland.

Upon their return to the United States, her family lived in Ft. Wayne; N.Y.; Portland, Maine; and Springfield, Mass., where she was graduated from high school. After finishing high school, Mrs. Ball attended Vassar College, where she majored in social work. She was president of her graduating class at the college. After her graduation, her father was made state superintendent of the Universalist Church in Indiana, and, for a time, she served on church boards and with charitable organizations.

She moved to Muncie after marrying Mr. Ball, one of the five founders of Ball Brothers. He died in 1925. A son, Crosley Ball, died in childhood, and Mr. and Mrs. Ball built Camp Crosley at Lake Tippecanoe in his memory. The camp is used by the local YMCA.

Mrs. Ball was honored by the Camp Crosley Alumni Assn., and was the only person ever to be granted a life membership by the association. She was greatly interested in civic and social work, and was chairman of the Delaware County Welfare Board, a member of the board of directors of the Visiting Nurse Assn., a member of the Delaware County Tuberculosis Assn., and an advisor for the Red Cross. Mrs. Ball lived in the family residence on Minnetrista Boulevard.

She is survived by a son, Edmund Ball, president of Ball Brothers; two daughters, Mrs. John Fisher of Muncie, and Mrs. Robert Morris of Annopolis, Md.; 15 grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.
Family links: 
  Marion Crosley (1836 - 1917)
  M. Adelia Swift Crosley (1842 - 1910)
  Edmund Burke Ball (1855 - 1925)
  Edmund Ferdinand Ball (1905 - 2000)*
  Clinton Crosley Ball (1907 - 1911)*
  Adelia B. Ball Morris (1911 - 1991)*
  Janice Kelsey Ball Fisher (1916 - 2010)*
  Ferdinand Swift Crosley (1872 - 1931)*
  Bertha Crosley Ball (1875 - 1957)
*Calculated relationship
Beech Grove Cemetery
Delaware County
Indiana, USA
Plot: E.B. Ball Mausoleum
Created by: Jane
Record added: Feb 17, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 65772171
Bertha <i>Crosley</i> Ball
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Bertha <i>Crosley</i> Ball
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Bertha <i>Crosley</i> Ball
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- Glenda Barry
 Added: Jul. 22, 2011

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