Donetta Donnie Marlene Ball

May 13, 1945May 11, 2011

Donetta (Donnie) Marlene Ball went to be with her Lord and Savior on May 11, 2011 at the age of 65 after a 4 year battle with leukemia. She was born on May 13, 1945 in Findlay, Ohio and left us just 2 days prior to her 66th birthday. Donnie was a devout Christian and was an example for all who knew her and loved to do for others. She gave freely of herself in support of her family, friends, students, and the military family. She was a devoted teacher for 21 years and retired from NEISD after 16 years of service. Mrs. Ball was preceded in death by her parents, Donald and Frances Ward. She is survived by her loving and faithful husband of 42 years, Col (Ret.) Michael B. Ball; son, Maj. Michael A. Ball (Mary); daughter, Kathryn Miller (Lt COL Bryan Miller); grandchildren, Lauren, Kyle, Hunter, Jacob, and Abbey; sisters, Shirlee Zerkel (Gary) and Sharon Taulbee; brother, Douglas Ward (Alice); numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives, and many friends. The family would like to express a special thank you to Dr. Nathan Shumway for his loving care throughout the course of her illness and to the Oncology staff at W.H.M.C. and VistaCareHospice. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to VistaCareHospice in San Marcos, TX or St. Joseph Catholic Church Honey Creek. A visitation will begin at 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, May 17, 2011 at Sunset North Funeral Home and a Rosary will be recited that same evening at 7:00p.m. Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, May 18, 2011 at St. Joseph Catholic Church Honey Creek, 25781 Hwy. 46 West; and interment will follow at Ft. Sam Houston National Cemetery.


  • Visitation with Rosary @ 7:00p.m. Tuesday, May 17, 2011
  • Funeral Service Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Donetta Donnie Marlene Ball

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Dana Bree

December 15, 2011

Dear Donnie,
I just learned of your passing on to a better place. You were blessed to have such a caring loving sister. Your cousin Dana

June 27, 2011

Dear Mike and Family,
So very sorry for your loss. Words cannot express how much we hurt for you and your children. Donnie was a very special person. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Mike and Linda Milton
Muskogee, OK

May 22, 2011

Mike--I am so sorry for your loss. 42 years with the woman you love is a wonderful time period. Still, It ended too quickly. Sincerely, Nelson Hill


May 19, 2011

Our deepest sympathy to Mr. Ball and family. You and your family are in our prayers.

May 19, 2011

My name is Honey L. Malik& a friend of Sharon Taulbee from Holland ,Ohio & want to say I'm sorry for your loss & prayers go out to the Ball Family . God Bless !

'Ed & Irene Wigginton

May 19, 2011

Our Condolences and prayers are with you Mike and your family. Even tho I haven't seen Donnie in several years, I still have great memories of the times here at the MPC at Ft. Sam Houston. She will be greatly missed but is at peace.

Dave Basil

May 18, 2011

I remember family gatherings - reunions, holidays and just Sunday afternoon visits. Donnie was always loving, gentle and kind. I'll forever carry special memories of her. Our love,thoughts and prayers have been and remain with you Mike, Mike Alan, Kathy, Shirley, Sharon and Doug.

Cousin Dave, Deb, Chris and Jonathan Basil

Chester McDougald

May 18, 2011

Judy and I would like to express our deepest condolences to Mr. Ball and the entire family for the loss Mrs. Ball. She was a fine lady and cook out of this world not to mention the best cookies. She'll be deeply missed by all.Camp Bullis has lost a stern supporter. God Bless

Chester & Judy

Earnest Bridges

May 17, 2011

Our prayers are with the Ball family during these sad times. My wife and I enjoyed a wonderful dinner and evening with the Ball's and she was very nice. God bless all of you. SGM(Ret) Bridges

Sharon Taulbee

May 16, 2011

Donnie, You were not only my sister, but my best friend. You were my inspiration. What a priviledge and blessing it has been to be able to be with you and care for you these past months (and years). What a brave and courageous girl you were. Now you are safe in the arms of Jesus. I am comforted because I know beyond the shadow of a doubt where you are, and I will be joining you someday soon. I love you so much and I always will.