Gail Mildred Ball
Beloved wife, mother, grandmother, avid gardener and great collector of snowmen
Gail Ball (Howarth), a long-time resident of Hillside NJ, entered into eternal peace at her home on December 24, 2011 in Chatham NJ with her family. She is survived by her beloved husband of 47 years, John E. Ball, son Richard Ball and wife Elizabeth, daughter Cindy Wilson and husband James, and 4 grandchildren, Megan, Samantha, Nicole, and Mackenzie. She was 66 years old.
Gail was born of eight siblings to Ernest and Ethel Howarth and was raised in Hillside NJ along with many of her brothers, sisters, nieces and nephews. She is a graduate of Hillside High School, was a loving homemaker, and worked for Vogel Bus Company and as a preschool aide for several years. Gail was a role model “Mom” and “Grammy” to many of her extended family and friends. Her inherent “green thumb” inspired gardening in many of the children’s lives she had touched. She was well known for her extensive collection of nearly a thousand snowmen where no gifted snowman to her was ever forgotten, and where a perfect snowman smile would always melt her heart. Within her close circle of friends and family, Gail will always be remembered as a pillar of strength that supported and nurtured our families through our best and worst times. She is fondly admired by the neighborhood children, and her nurturing love for family will endure for many years to come.
Gail lost her three year battle against colon cancer. Her final months were greatly enhanced through the Integrative Mind and Body Programs provided at the Carl G. Simon Cancer Center in Morristown NJ. Donations can be made to the Carl G. Simon Cancer Center for the Foundation of the Morristown Medical Center, 475 South Street, First Floor, Morristown, NJ 07960 (www.f4mmc.org).