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Twila Wilhamien Ball

25 February, 193313 October, 2020

Peacefully at Lakeridge Health Oshawa on Tuesday, October 13, 2020 in her 88th year. Devoted wife to the late Harold Ball (2009), Twila was the loving mother of Stan (Debbie), Stephanie (Michael), Vicki (Martin) and Vincent, and beloved Nanny to Katelyn, Blair, Connor, Christine, Alex, Lauren and Brandon. She is predeceased by her parents Art and Lillian Parry of Oshawa, and her brothers Art and Reg. A retired employee of the Durham Board of Education, Twila was a long-time member of Lakeridge Health Oshawa Auxiliary and was recognized for her service at the Hospital Auxiliaries Association of Ontario Gala Banquet in 2013. She loved her volunteer work, donating time to many local charities, and instilling volunteerism as a character trait in her children and grandchildren. Twila especially enjoyed travelling the world and visiting local restaurants and cultural events. She loved spending time with her many friends. A strong, fiercely independent woman, Twila set an example for her daughters and for future generations. Determined to give all of her children the opportunities she never had growing up, Twila spent many hours in local gymnasiums and concert halls, cheering them on, and later did the same with her grandchildren. She also helped develop an appreciation of the arts, by taking her children and grandchildren to many theatrical and musical performances, both locally and in Toronto. In accordance with Twila’s wishes, cremation has taken place. As an expression of sympathy, donations to Hearth Place Cancer Support Centre or the Hospital for Sick Kids Foundation will be appreciated. A celebration of Twila’s life will be held at a future date in 2021.

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Katrina Ferrari

21 January 2021

Hello! I found a hug hooking piece done by Twila Ball at a Value Village north of Toronto. I looked up her name and found a donation link to Hearth Place, so I've decided to donate in her memory. The piece is so beautiful and I'm glad to have found it. It sits in my apartment on my piano, so it get serenaded a lot! I'm sorry for your loss, Twila seems like an amazing woman.

Hedy Gadd

26 October 2020

My deepest condolences to Stan, Stephanie, Vicki and Vince on the passing of your mother Twila. I recently read Twila's obituary in the local newspaper. I met Twyla because her children attended MCVI where I was teaching. She would be watching her children's basketball games in the gym. You never saw too many parents in attendance. Stan and my brother George played against each other on opposing teams. I later had the pleasure of teaching and coaching Vicki and Vince. The Ball family would invite staff members to supper on occasion and that is how I got to know Twila better. Later on she invited me to join a group to attend productions at the O'Keefe Theatre in Toronto. When she retired, I would sometimes see her in her volunteer role at the hospital. Twila, may you now rest in peace.

Marian Giroux

21 October 2020

I am so sorry to hear about Twila. We served on the Board of directors of the Auxiliary for many years. She was a dynamic, enthusiastic, intelligent and lovely lady. Twila will be missed by me and many other Auxiliary members .
My sympathy,
Marian Giroux

Barbara Yarrow

19 October 2020

Dear Stephanie,
I was very sorry to hear of your mother’s passing. The amazing memories that she has made with you all will live on in your hearts. May God hold you all in the palm of His hand and comfort you. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. God bless.

Heather Ibbotson

18 October 2020

I send my deepest condolences to the family and friends of Twila. I met her only a few times in her later years, through her son Vince, and she was kind and welcoming. As an avid family historian, I have been working on Twila's and Harold's families for many years. Twila descended from a variety of interesting backgrounds and had very deep roots in Canada. Her ancestors came from England, Ireland and France. Many were among the pioneers of eastern Ontario and Newfoundland. Only recently, after Twila became ill, did I find more about her French side, in which her ancestors Jacques Lussier and Catherine Clerice, both born Paris, France, were married in Quebec City in 1671. Almost 350 years in Canada! Twila would have been amazed and thrilled to learn that! I will be continuing my work on Twila's and Harold's trees, and I will be delighted to hear from any family members interested in corresponding with me. My email is heatheri@execulink.com

Vi Mann

18 October 2020

Condolences to Twila's family.
During my years and Twila's years at the DDSB, Twila was a really loved, popular gal, that everyone wanted to know. She and I shared many, many laughs, right up to our last conversation a couple of months ago when I spoke to her at Amica. She was in extra good spirits, said she had received a couple of cards from people which were lovely, but saddened her. She would have preferred seeing the senders in person. However, we carried on a long conversation and wound up with a good laugh! I'm so grateful for that last conversation and laugh with Twila.
She will be missed.

Dianne Longley

16 October 2020

I was a volunteer at the Oshawa hospital when I met Twilla. On many occasions when I was without a car to go home with at night & would have to take a bus she was there to take me home or to any event outside the hospital. She was always there to give me a ride no matter how far out of her way it was.
Sincerely
Dianne Longley

Ian Connor

16 October 2020

I just wanted to offer my deepest condolences during this time for your entire family.

Remember the good times and I hope she is in a better place.



Nicole Doyle

16 October 2020

Stephanie,
So sorry to hear of your mom's passing. I hope you find comfort in your most cherished memories. Know that our thoughts are with you at this difficult time.
Nicole

Cathy Grabowski

16 October 2020

So sorry to hear of Twila’s passing. She was such a sweet lovely lady. She certainly will be missed. My deepest sympathy to Stephanie and the family 💕

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