Dorothy Jean Ball

October 31, 1939June 30, 2018
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Dorothy Jean (Dottie) (Crowner) Ball Born 10/31/39, Burlington, IA; died June 30, 2018 A Funeral Service will be held on Thursday, July 5, 2018 at 2:00 p.m. in the Runge Mortuary Chapel. Visitation will be held two hours prior to service, at the mortuary. She will be laid to rest in Davenport Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Scott County Humane Society. Online condolences and tributes to the family may be expressed at Graduated from Burlington High School, Burlington, IA in 1957. Daughter of John Wayne and Anna Mae (Marshall) Crowner (both deceased – John in 1991, Anna in 1993). Also preceded in death by two sisters: Carol Anne Miller in 2000 and Linda Crowner in 1949 and three brothers, Ronald Wayne Crowner in 1999, James William Crowner in 2006, and John W. Crowner, Jr. in 2011. Surviving siblings include a brother Michael (Terri) Crowner, Burlington, IA and a sister Martica (Stephen) Polewchak, Madison, OH. Married Gerald Wayne (Gary) Ball on January 24, 1959, in West Burlington, IA. Gary is a 30-year veteran of the U.S. Navy. They have two daughters, Kelly Elizabeth Ball, Aiea, HI; Tracey Ellen Ball, Sykesville, MD, and one son, Gary Wayne (Ball) Kehner and wife Susan, Elizabeth City, NC. One granddaughter, Christine Renee (Coggiano) Crampton, husband Matthew, serving as a Major in the U.S. Army; two grandsons, Nicholas Michael Coggiano, wife Toni, Brooklyn, MD; Andrew Kehner, Elizabeth City, NC; three great granddaughters: Christine Renee Coggiano-Chun, Denver, CO; Kaila Lynn Coggiano, Brooklyn, MD; Drew Reagan Crampton, Fort Leavenworth, KS; and two great grandsons, Chance Coggiano, Brooklyn, MD; and James Crampton, Fort Leavenworth, KS. Upon graduation from high school Ms. BalI worked as a secretary at International Resistor Corporation in Burlington, IA before leaving to join her husband in the U.S. Navy in the Mediterranean in June of 1959. She also worked for the federal government for 22 years, 18 years spent working for the U.S. Navy Department. She retired in 1994 from the Rock Island Arsenal in Rock Island. In Annapolis, MD she worked as an administrative assistant and assisted the show manager at Shows, Inc., Virginia Wine Festivals, and the Annual Powerboat and Sailboat Shows. Ms. BalI also worked for Chesapeake Engineering and Design, Inc., as a deposition outliner. As a Navy wife in Rota, Spain, served as a Girl Scout Leader for the Junior Girl Scouts. Helped to establish a Day Camp for Girl Scouts on Yerba Buena Island at Treasure Island, CA. For five years with her husband and other family members assisted in the care of her ailing parents. Her hobbies included: piano, reading, traveling, computer, fishing, all types of card games, and loved to go to Vegas with her “gambling buddies.” Gary and Dorothy have done a lot of traveling and have visited over 35 countries, all 50 states, all but one Territory before settling down in Bettendorf, Iowa.


  • John Wayne Crowner, Father
  • Anna Mae (Marshall) Crowner, Mother
  • Gerald Wayne Ball, Husband
  • Martica (Stephen) Polewchak, Sister
  • Michael (Terri) Crowner, Brother
  • Kelly Ball, Daughter
  • Tracey Ball, Daughter
  • Gary (Susan) Kehner, Son
  • Christine (Matthew) Crampton, Granddaughter
  • Nicholas (Toni) Coggiano, Grandson
  • Andrew Kehner, Grandson
  • Christine Coggiano-Chun, Great Grandchild
  • Kaila Coggiano, Great Grandchild
  • Drew Crampton, Great Grandchild
  • Chance Coggiano, Great Grandchild
  • James Crampton, Great Grandchild
  • Carol Miller, Sister
  • Linda Crowner, Sister
  • Ronald Crowner, Brother
  • James Crowner, Brother
  • John Crowner Jr., Brother

  • Mike Crowner
  • Stephen Polewchak
  • Mikey Crowner
  • Steven Ball
  • Jeff Crowner
  • Tim Crowner
  • Gary Ball, Honorary Pallbearer

  • Scott County Humane Society


  • Visitation Thursday, July 5, 2018
  • Funeral Service Thursday, July 5, 2018

Dorothy Jean Ball

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      Many things can be said about Dorothy Jean Ball. Known to friends and acquaintances as a friendly, energetic, empathic and decisive woman, her compassionate nature would always shine through, revealing her charm, warmth and conscientious demeanor. She was warmhearted, gentle and organized in all the things she sought to accomplish. Dorothy was a mentor, a natural “teacher” capable of seeing things clearly, leading others and bringing out the best in all of those around her. She generally had a focus on harmony and peace.

      Dorothy was born on October 31, 1939 at Burlington Hospital in Burlington, Iowa. Her parents were John and Anna Crowner. Dorothy was raised in Iowa City, Iowa; Nauvoo, Illinois and Burlington, Iowa. When she was young, Dorothy's friends and family found that “straightforward” and “honest” were perfect words to describe her. Even as a child, Dorothy demonstrated strong qualities of self-confidence, perceptive ability and a disposition that was enjoyable to those around her.

      Dorothy grew up with seven siblings. She had one older sister, Carole; two younger sisters Martica and Linda; four younger brothers, Michael, James, Ronald and John, Jr. Dorothy was constantly involved in all sorts of activities with her family. She was even-tempered, taking care not to get involved in too many family conflicts. This quality served her well, in perpetually bringing harmony, understanding and a sense of peace to the family. Dorothy carried these traits into her adult life and served as one of many reasons why family and friends found her pleasurable and delightful to be around. Dorothy was a person who genuinely understood and cared for others, making powerful connections with those she knew.

      As a young girl, Dorothy was imaginative, ingenious, clever and a “novel” thinker. Regardless of whether her peers were older or younger, or came from different backgrounds, Dorothy could easily relate to other kids. She was an active child who took part in basketball, baseball and football. She was a Girl Scout. In her spare time she liked reading and playing the piano. Dorothy's memorable achievements included making the honor roll all the way through school and skipping the 2nd grade. However, to Dorothy, the most fun to be had was simply playing and spending time with her many friends.

      During her high school years, Dorothy had a natural flair for cheering on and applauding just about everyone. She was constantly offering her support and encouragement to fellow members of the groups and activities in which she participated. She graduated from Burlington High School in 1957. She did well in school and genuinely enjoyed telling stories in a way that drew people to her. In this way, Dorothy had a talent for becoming the center of attention, a kind of social catalyst. Dorothy was often found to be the lead person facilitating a group activity, frequently filling the role of being “the life of the party.” Teachers and classmates knew Dorothy as an excellent listener. She placed a high value on learning and always understood that there was a new lesson to be grasped waiting for her just around the corner. She excelled in office practices, typed at over 80 WPM and took shorthand at over 120 WPM.

      Dorothy did well in college, as a result of her being intuitive and finely organized. She attended college part-time later in life but did not complete a degree. Her favorite courses were writing and composition. The skill of being a good communicator helped Dorothy immensely during her college days. She was comfortable with abstract information and theories and tended to thrive on the subjects that forced her to think. No matter what class it was, Dorothy was always very perceptive and embraced the mental challenges that her college experience provided.

      Always considered a “good” friend, Dorothy sought to understand the things that others enjoyed. For this reason Dorothy always seemed to possess a never-ending collection of acquaintances. Dorothy’s friends found her easy to know and get along with because of her talent for being socially at ease, adept at conversation, and always amiable in her dealings with others. Dorothy would always seek to learn what her friends enjoyed, and she would go out of her way to make sure that their needs were met. Dorothy was always seen as the type of person who was the more gracious giver. In fact, she sometimes felt ill at ease when she was the one on the receiving end. Throughout her life she had many friends. While growing up, some of her best friends were Judy Ebbettsmeyer and Virginia Koch. Later in life, she became friends with Jean Pouliot, Carole and Jim Cramer; Lee and Vivian Coulter; Diane and John East; and Elena Domingo.

      On January 24, 1959 Dorothy married Gerald Wayne Ball at the The Methodist Church of West Burlington, Iowa. Compassionate and devoted, Dorothy worked hard to make her new family happy. She was always generous with her time and this meant that Gary came first in Dorothy’s book. She was always caring and made certain that she considered Gary’s feelings. By trusting her emotions, Dorothy did her best to make sure that both the marriage and home life ran smoothly. This is just one more example of how Dorothy was truly a person of empathy.

      Dorothy’s quality of being a caring and tolerant person who was very accepting of others translated to being a good mother to her children. Dorothy shared these values with her three children, two daughters, Kelly and Tracey, and one son, Gary. Dorothy was also blessed with Three grandchildren, Christine, Nicholas and Andrew. Dorothy related well to children of all ages and was able to connect to them on their level. The children always loved her and she was completely and totally devoted to them.

      Dorothy experienced success in her work life over and over again. Her primary occupation was her primary occupation was Executive Secretary/Administrative Assistant. She was employed for 22 years by the U. S. Civil Service--18 of which was with the U. S. Navy. Dorothy always made the effort to understand what was needed at work, and was well known by her colleagues as a team player. Dorothy took pride in managing her professional responsibilities and seemed to always know what was necessary to successfully complete a project. Dorothy was one to take the initiative and her skills at working cooperatively were highly valued. Dorothy continually sought to learn what her co-workers did well and how they were most effective, a talent that enabled her to help them develop their own potential.

      Because she was organized and methodical, Dorothy took great pleasure in her various hobbies. Her favorite pursuits were Piano, reading, computer, fishing, collecting Spanish porcelain (Lladro) and Hallmark ornaments and loved to go to Las Vegas with her "gambling buddies.". Dorothy enjoyed sharing her passions with others and could singularly focus on one hobby at a time.

      Dorothy derived much satisfaction from sports. Because she was so instinctive and could always grasp the big picture, Dorothy delighted in the strategy and inner workings of a competition. In high school, Dorothy played basketball. Recreational sports included Bowling, fishing and tennis. Dorothy was also something of a sports fan and enjoyed watching her favorite teams' events whenever she got the opportunity. Tops on her list were the Olympics and bowling.

      Dorothy was well known to others for her ability to naturally and conscientiously move into action to help others, a quality that placed her as an active contributor to many community activities. Charismatic by nature, she was always viewed by others as someone who built bridges, connected to people, and upheld her personal values. Politically, Dorothy was a strong supporter of the Democratic Party and she served as a Precinct Captain working toward the election of John Edwards for President.

      Dorothy’s faith was important to her. She was a member of the . She was compassionate and warm hearted, someone who truly cared for others and that was clearly demonstrated in her work with the congregation.

      Though she never did anything solely for individual recognition, Dorothy was given accolades for her many and varied efforts throughout her life. If the truth were known, Dorothy was always a little uncomfortable with being singled out for recognition. Some of her most prestigious awards included numerous Certificates of Recognition or Appreciation and monetary awards for distinguished service.

      Dorothy enjoyed traveling, and because she was so well organized, she would take on the responsibility of planning and scheduling all of the family vacations. Her gift for keeping things lively meant that vacations with Dorothy were always enjoyable. Favorite vacations included traveling by car, train, plane and ship to over 35 counties, all 50 states, and all but one U. S. Territory.

      Dorothy was a lover of animals and cherished her pets. One of Dorothy's favorite was Fritz, a short-haired, red Dachshund dog. They were best friends for Fritz lived to 15 years. She had several short-hair, red Dachshunds over her lifetime, including two rescue animals.

      When Dorothy’s retirement finally came in 1994, she was well prepared. Being the focused and organized person that she was, Dorothy had taken care to plan for this part of her life. When that time eventually arrived, Dorothy knew exactly what she wanted to do. She modified her career to move back to the Midwest to help take care of her parents. In retirement, she found new pleasure in starting her and Gary's own company; loved working puzzles and playing on her computer. Even in retirement, Dorothy continued to stay in touch with her old friends and made plenty of new acquaintances. She was active in the community and felt fulfilled.

      Dorothy passed away on June 30, 2018 at Genesis East Hospital, Davenport, Iowa. She had several falls and sicknesses resulting in congestive heart failure. She is survived by her husband Gary, her children Kelly, Tracey and Gary (Susan); her grandchildren Christine (Matt), Nicholas (Toni) and Andrew; great-grandchildren Christine, Kaila, Drew, Chance and James. Services were held at Runge Mortuary. Dorothy was laid to rest in Davenport Memorial Park, Davenport, Iowa.

      Throughout her life, Dorothy was a gregarious and enthusiastic woman. She was generous in sharing her personal attributes, giving and helping those she knew and loved. She would often fill the role of coach, bringing out the best in everyone. She was imaginative, original, tender hearted and easy to get along with. Dorothy leaves behind her a legacy of life-long friendships and cherished memories. Everyone whose lives she touched will dearly remember Dorothy Jean Ball.