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Maralyn Mae Ball

February 22, 1929 - March 21, 2020
From: Webb, IA
Maralyn  Mae Ball

Maralyn Mae Ball

Born: February 22, 1929
Died: March 21, 2020
Age: 91

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     Maralyn Mae Ball, the daughter of Nels and Maureen (Goodell) Lindhart, was born on February 22, 1929, in Humboldt County, Iowa. In 1940 she moved with her family to a farm adjacent to Dolliver State Park in Webster County. She attended school in Lehigh and then Iowa State Teachers College in Cedar Falls, IA. Maralyn began her career as an elementary educator in Webb, IA, where her older sister, Neoma was also teaching.

     On October 7, 1950, she was united in marriage to Raymond Ball in Jackson, MN. They raised their four children in the Dickens area on a farm, always making sure every summer was punctuated with a highly anticipated family vacation. She started teaching kindergarten at South Clay when her youngest child was in first grade, retiring in 1977. Maralyn was a quiet person and a voracious reader. She gardened with vigor, raising flowers and vegetables and an especially hearty asparagus bed. She did a lot of home canning, often with Raymond’s assistance, and she was an exceptional cook. Ask anyone. She and Raymond traveled many places together like Hawaii, Jamaica, Canada, Glacier National Park and many other destinations. Maralyn had a great appreciation for music. A good movie and a glass of wine were the source of much contentment. She kept journals of a lifetime of memories and wisdom that will delight future generations of her family. Maralyn was a kind and thoughtful person who just loved being home.

     Maralyn passed away on Saturday, March 21, 2020, at the Spencer Hospital at the age of 91. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Raymond in 2012; two sisters: Ruth Schwendemann and Neoma Sweet and one brother, Otis Lindhart.

     Left to cherish her memory are her children: Curtis and his wife, Donna of Dickens, IA, Debra Tryggestad and her husband, Daryl of Downing, WI, Donna Barstad of Sioux Falls, SD and Linda Grange and her husband, Alan of Ruthven, IA; seven grandchildren; seven great grandchildren; her sister, Lila Weber of West Bend, IA; one brother, Charles Lindhart of DeKalb, IL; other relatives and many friends.


The family would like to thank the staff at the Spencer Hospital for their diligent care, and also the Spencer Hospital Hospice.

Due to the Covid-19 virus memorial services will be held at a later date.
Garfield Cemetery
Webb, Iowa


Saturday, March 28, 2020 at 5:51 AM
“I'm sorry Curt about your mom. I don't know if you remember me but we worked together at Spencer Ready Mix in the 70's. I drove the semi and part time mixer driver. I sincerely sorry Curt.”
- Mike Baker
Friday, March 27, 2020 at 6:38 AM
“Ball Family...So sorry for your loss. You are in my prayers”
- Darla
Friday, March 27, 2020 at 6:38 AM
“To the Ball Family,
I was saddened to hear of the loss of the wonderful Maralyn Mae Ball. Her daughter, Linda, has been my BFF for over 50 years.
I have the fondest memories of both Maralyn and Raymond and how they always made me feel so welcome in their home. I am grateful for their warmth, humor and tolerance as Linda and I engaged in our “ adventures “ and “ scientific experiments” as we learned about the world around us. As I am sure anyone reading this will know, Maralyn was a truly wonderful person.
I know it is extremely difficult at this time, However, I hope you will find comfort in your memories and the wonderful journals she has left you. ”
- Dianna Myers Bordewick
Friday, March 27, 2020 at 6:38 AM
“Sending love and sympathy to all of Maralyn’s family. She was such a sweetheart. ❤️”
- Bob and Nira Rusk
Wednesday, March 25, 2020 at 7:33 PM
“My thoughts and prayers are rwith the family.”
- LaVon. Ball
Wednesday, March 25, 2020 at 4:49 PM
“My condolences to the Ball family. May you find comfort in your memories of Maralyn and her love for you. I remember her from Ball reunions. I am the granddaughter of Stella (Ball) Walker-Hardie Ball's daughter, daughter of Wadena Lorenz and proud to be "shirt-tail relative" to the Ball family. Stella provided me a very extensive family history (genealogy) that I find wonderfully interesting. Sending your family sincere sympathy and love. ~ Julie”
- Julia Petersen
Tuesday, March 24, 2020 at 3:10 PM
“Maralyn was an absolute sweetheart. Always enjoyed working with her and her friendship was great and dear. The Ball family was a great neighbor and miss all our good times on the farm. Thinking of you. Mary Jane Hickey”
- Mary Jane Hickey
Tuesday, March 24, 2020 at 3:10 PM
“I hope the journals Maralyn kept are still around for you all to read about things you may or may not have known. Cherish memories written, oral or experienced.”
- Clara Sylvester
Tuesday, March 24, 2020 at 3:10 PM
“Ball Family--So sorry for your loss. ”
- Pete & Rosemary Norgaard
Tuesday, March 24, 2020 at 11:37 AM
“Our condolences to the Ball 'Kids', your Mom was a wonderful Lady.”
- Wendell & Diane King
Tuesday, March 24, 2020 at 7:30 AM
“My Sympathy to you and your Family”
- Doyle Engebretson
Tuesday, March 24, 2020 at 7:30 AM
“Dear Ball family, You honored your dear mother all the days of her life and gave her such love and care. May happy memories comfort you now and in days to come. She was a sweet special lady who was a blessing to everyone she knew. She had a untiring way of making all kids feel welcome in her home. I am among many for whom Mrs. Ball was a positive role model. I will always remember the sound of her laughter and I will smile when I do. God’s peace, LaVonne & Gary ”
- LaVonne Salton and Gary Anderson
Tuesday, March 24, 2020 at 7:29 AM
“I’m so sorry for your loss marilyn was a great lady i have many memories with her and Raymond you are in my prayers and thoughts”
- Karen Eickhoff
Tuesday, March 24, 2020 at 7:29 AM
“I am so sorry for your loss. Maralyn was my kindergartener teacher along with my 3 siblings in South Clay. She was a wonderful lady and will be missed by all.”
- Kim Scott
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