Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

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May 6, 2014

Mattie Lou Ball

SOUTH HILL, Va. — Beloved Mother and Grandmother, Mattie Lou Ball, age 72, went to be with the Lord Friday, May 2nd 2014 at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond due to complications from surgery.

Mattie Lou is survived by four siblings, Thomas French and wife Linda of Emporia, Va., Kenny French and wife Barbara of North Tazewell, Va., sister Donna Brooks of Winston-Salem, N.C., and sister Jill Noren of Wytheville, Va., and a host of nieces and nephews. She will be sadly missed by her family and cuddle roommate Jaden.

Loved dearly by her kids and grandchildren, Mattie Lou was currently living in South Hill, Va., but was originally from Bluefield, Va. where she was raised. She was the daughter of the late Archie E. French and the late Louise Barker French. She graduated from Graham High School Class of 1958 where she enjoyed being a part of  social clubs and being a majorette in the high school band. She went on to marry the late Carl R. Ball Jr. and raise her family of two daughters, Deana Marie Stowers (husband Gary and grandson Blake of Bastian, Va.) and Amy Leigh Harrup (husband Dennis and grandson Jacob of South Hill Va.) Mattie Lou was the daughter-in-law of the late Carl R. Ball Sr. and the late Exie Ball of Parkview Heights of Bluefield, Va.

In the past, Mattie Lou attended the Graham Christian Church of Bluefield, Va. She was the owner and vice president of Ball’s automotive. She was a known interior decorator in Bluefield and the surrounding areas. She was a member of Beta Sigma Phi of Bluefield.  She looked forward to her yearly vacations in Myrtle Beach with friends where they relaxed on the beach. Mattie Lou was also an avid horse show attendee.

She loved spending time with her family, cooking holiday meals, and enjoyed getting together with friends. Her favorite part of the day was when her close friends dropped by for a late afternoon cup of coffee. She enjoyed living the last several years in Manteo, N.C. where she worked at A&B Carpet, and then moving closer to her daughter in South Hill, Va. where she was a past employee of Home Depot.

Virginia Cremation Society in Richmond Va. is serving the Ball Family.

Obit submitted by Dudley Memorial Mortuary in Bluefield, Va.

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