Virginia 'Gini” Ball


Virginia "Gini" Ball
December 15, 1925 - August 22, 2011

Virginia Carrol "Gini" Goodman Ball, 85, died August 22, 2011, at Regency at The Park, 420 SE Myra Road, College
Place, Washington.

At her request, there will be no service. Memorial contributions may be made to the Linus Foundation through Mountain View-Colonial DeWitt, 1551 Dalles Military Road, Walla Walla, WA 99362.

One of ten children Gini was born December 15, 1925, in Twin Falls, Idaho, to Robert Gardner and Marie Reiswig
Goodman. The family moved near Portland, Oregon when she was in elementary school. The family moved to this area when she was a teenager, and she graduated from Walla Walla College Academy, now known as Walla Walla Valley Academy. She studied nursing at Swedish Hospital in Seattle, WA, receiving her registered nurse degree on December 15, 1948 - her birthday! Locally, she worked as a nurse in the former St. Mary Medical Center facility as well as the VA Medical Center. She worked as a nurse in the Chicago, Illinois area before marrying Edgar F. Ball on June 7, 1956 in Walla Walla. She and her husband lived for several years in Bagley, Minnesota, his home area, where she also worked as a nurse. Her husband passed away in 1970. She moved to Milton-Freewater from Minnesota in 2006 and then to Walla Walla in 2009.
She loved music, began playing the piano at an early age and became a very good pianist, the official accompanist when in grade school. She had a large collection of music. In later years, Gini enjoyed handwork including knitting, crocheting, and tatting, winning many blue ribbons for her work at local county fairs. She also enjoyed the dogs and cats she had throughout the years. She loved to go mushrooming in the mountains and later enjoyed drives in the country. When she was aware there would be road construction and wild flowers would be mowed down, she would go out and dig up the wild flowers, moving them to a location where they would be safe and flourish. She was a member of the Seventh-day Adventist Church.

Gini is survived by two sisters: Julianne Krantz of Milton-Freewater and Vida Edgecombe of Renton, Washington
and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by four sisters: Lucile Vigneron, Edith Walker, Ruth Goodman and Bernice May; and three brothers: John Goodman, Warren Goodman and Robert Goodman.

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