Waterloo Region Generations
A record of the people of Waterloo Region, Ontario.

Hilda Ball

Female 1890 - 1976  (85 years)


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Generation: 1

  1. 1.  Hilda Ball was born 29 Dec 1890, Roseneath, Northumberland Co.., Ontario (daughter of Osborne Thomas Ball and Jennifer Almera Varcoe); died 7 Sep 1976, Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada; was buried 9 Sep 1976, Ayr Cemetery, Ayr, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada.

    Other Events:

    • Name: Hilda Elms
    • Eby ID Number: Waterloo-339841
    • Residence: 1911, Ayr, North Dumfries Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada; Presbyterian
    • Residence: 1943, Detroit, Wayne, Michigan, United States
    • Residence: 1964, Courtright, Lambton Co., Ontario, Canada

    Notes:

    Mrs. Hilda Elms Passes

    Mrs. Hilda Elms of Parkwood Manor, Waterloo, passed away in K-W Hospital on Tuesday, September 7th following a brief illness. Born at Roseneath December 29th, 1890, Mrs. Elms was a daughter of the late O.T. Ball and Jennifer Varcoe. Prior to taking up residence in Waterloo a few years ago, she had lived in London, Courtright and Detroit. She was an adherent of the United Church and member of the Eastern Star. Predeceased by her husband Leslie Elms in 1964, a brother Wesley in 1918 and a sister Addle Sifton in 1962. Surviving are two sisters Mrs. Flo Vincent of Ayr and Mrs. Gertrude Smiley of White Rock, B.C.; also, a brother William Ball of Galt. Funeral service will be held today (Thursday) at 3 p.m. from the Edward R. Good Funeral Home, Waterloo. Rev. D. E. Willis of Ayr will officiate. Interment in Ayr Cemetery.


    The Ayr News Sep 9 1976 pg 12

    Hilda married Leslie Clyde Elms 4 Jul 1916, Ayr, North Dumfries Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada. Leslie was born 24 Mar 1891, London, Middlesex, Ontario, Canada; died 7 Dec 1964, Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada; was buried 10 Dec 1964, Ayr Cemetery, Ayr, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada. [Group Sheet]


Generation: 2

  1. 2.  Osborne Thomas Ball was born 21 Apr 1862, Cobourg, Hamilton Twp., Northumberland Co., Ontario; died 7 Jan 1943, Ayr, North Dumfries Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada; was buried 10 Jan 1943, Ayr Cemetery, Ayr, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada.

    Other Events:

    • Name: O. T. Ball
    • Eby ID Number: Waterloo-194847
    • Occupation: 1906, Ayr, North Dumfries Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada; Funeral Director
    • Occupation: 1911, Ayr, North Dumfries Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada; Retail - Furniture
    • Residence: 1911, Ayr, North Dumfries Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada; Presbyterian

    Notes:

    Death of O. T. Ball, Well-Known Business Man of Ayr Passes on Thursday in His 81st Year

    It was with something of a shock that the citizens of the community learned on Thursday of the passing of O. T. Ball, who has conducted an undertaking establishment here for the past 37 years. Mr. Ball had been in ill health for some time and but little hope was held out for his recovery. The late Mr. Ball was a familiar figure on the streets of the village, where he will be much missed. He was widely known throughout the district and his passing will be regretted by many friends. Mr. Ball was born in Coburg, and resided in Norwood for a short period before coming to this village. He was a member of Knox United Church. Surviving are his wife, Jennie Varcoe; one son, William, at home; four daughters, Mr. L. C. Vincent (Flora) of Ayr; Mrs. L. c. Elms (Hilda), Detroit; Mrs. L. C. Smiley (Gertrude Maude), North Bay, and Mr. L. B. Sifton (Addie), St. Thomas; two sisters, Mrs. William Wright, Campbellcroft, and Mrs. Alex Pratt, Pot Hope; and eleven grandchildren. One son, Wesley, died in 1916, and two brothers, John and Robert, and one sister, Eliza, also predeceased him.

    Ayr News, January 14, 1943, p. 9

    Osborne married Jennifer Almera Varcoe 6 Feb 1884, Alnwick Twp., Northumberland Co., Ontario. Jennifer was born 4 Dec 1862, Roseneath, Northumberland Co.., Ontario; died 28 Aug 1964, Paris, Brant County, Ontario, Canada; was buried 31 Aug 1964, Ayr Cemetery, Ayr, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada. [Group Sheet]


  2. 3.  Jennifer Almera Varcoe was born 4 Dec 1862, Roseneath, Northumberland Co.., Ontario; died 28 Aug 1964, Paris, Brant County, Ontario, Canada; was buried 31 Aug 1964, Ayr Cemetery, Ayr, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada.

    Other Events:

    • Name: Jennifer Almera Ball
    • Eby ID Number: Waterloo-194848
    • Residence: 1911, Ayr, North Dumfries Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada; Presbyterian

    Notes:

    Mrs. O. T. Ball Passes In Her 102nd Year

    The community was saddened on Friday by the death at Paris Nursing Home of Mrs. Osborne T. Ball, Ayr's oldest citizen, in her 102nd year
    .

    The former Jennifer Varcoe, she was born in Roseneath, Ont., on December 4, 1862, a daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. John Varcoe.

    Following her marriage in 1884, the couple farmed for several years in the Roseneath area, prior to moving to Norwood where Mr. Ball operated a novelty shop for about three years.

    In 1906 they came to Ayr, where Mr. Ball conducted an undertaking and furniture establishment for many years in what is now the Oddfellows' building on Stanley St. He passed away in 1942.

    Until her 100th birthday, Mrs. Ball had been ill only once when she suffered an attack of typhoid fever 46 years ago.

    Mrs. Ball was a member of Roseneath Methodist Church in her younger years and later was an adherent of Knox United Church. She was an active member of the former Ladies' Aid Society in the church and took a deep interest in the work of the Ayr Women's Institute.

    Some years ago Mrs. Ball fractured her hip in a fall and was confined to Brantford Hospital for eight months, following which she became a resident of Paris Nursing Home.

    In spite of advancing years, Mrs. Ball retained good hearing and vision and gave up knitting, at which she excelled; only a few years ago.

    As the years went by, Mrs. Ball's birthdays became a marked local event, and on the occasion of the 100th milepost she received the congratulations of the Queen, as well as national, provincial and local government leaders. Her kindly disposition was an outstanding characteristic which won her the friendship and respect of all, and her passing is a district loss to our community.

    Surviving are a son William O. Ball, Ayr; three daughters, Mrs. L.C. (flora) Vincent, Ayr; Mrs. L.C. (Hilda) Elms, Courtright, and Mrs. L.C. (Gertrude) Smiley of Rocklyn, near Meaford; one sister, Mrs. William Heal of Peterborough; 10 grandchildren and 31 great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by a son, Wesley ball, and a daughter, Mrs. L.B. (Addie) Sifton.

    The Funeral

    Funeral service was held on Monday at the W.O. Ball Funeral Home, operated by her son. Rev. W.J.V. Buchanan officiated and interment was made in the Ayr Cemetery.

    Pallbearers were grandsons: Lyle Sifton of St. Thomas, George Ball of Dundas, Fred Ball of Galt, Jack Ball, Warren Vincent and Marlen Vincent of Ayr.

    Ayr News Sep 3 1964 pg 1

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    Mrs. O. T. Ball, Ayr's grand old lady of 100 years, spent some of the most glorious hours of her life on Tuesday, December 4th, 1962, when her venerable lifespan of a century was recognized by Queen Elizabeth and the heads of all levels of Canadian government.

    Although confined to bed at the Paris Nursing Home for several years, Mrs. Ball was bubbling over with excitement and interest as the honors were heaped upon her.

    First came the congratulatory message from Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth, then a letter from Rt. Hon. John Diefenbaker, Prime Minister of Canada. Messages also arrived from Lester B. Pearson, from Gordon Chaplin, M.P. for South Waterloo, and Larry Pennell, M.P. for Brant-Haldimand.

    Mrs. Robert Nixon, wife of Robert Nixon, M.P.P. for Brant, arrived to present Mrs.Ball with a handsomely framed scroll from the Ontario government, signed by Provincial Secretary John Yaremko, extending congratulations.

    A few days previous, Reeve Mildred Gillies had presented a bouquet of roses, on behalf of the Village of Ayr, which were blooming magnificently in the room.

    Cards and letters poured In all during the day and were each given attention by Mrs. Ball.

    Of course, all the family members were present including the surprise visit of her two sisters, Mrs. Maggie Varcoe of Owosso, Michigan, who carries her 91 years lightly, and Mrs. Fannie Heal of Peterborough, a sprightly 83.

    These two charming ladies exemplified the remarkable longevity enjoyed in the family, for among the three sisters were 274 years of happy memories.

    Daughters, Mrs. L.C. Elms of Courtright and Ayr; Mrs. L. C. Smiley of Rocklyn; and Mrs. L.C. Vincent of Ayr, were present, along with her son, Mr. W. O. Ball, and many of the ten grandchildren, and twenty-seven greatgrandchildren .
    Late in the day, with the festivities past, Mrs. Ball settled back to her quiet, comfortable way of life, but with this added wonderful memory to treasure.

    With Mrs. Ball, in the above picture, is her daughter, Flora, Mrs. L.C. Vincent, and her grandson, Mr. 'Warren Vincent, of Ayr, Ontario.

    Mrs. Ball passed away quietly August 28th, 1964, in her 102nd year. Funeral service was held at, the W.O. Ball Funeral Home, operated by her son. Rev. W.J.V. Buchanan officiated and interment was made in the Ayr Cemetery.

    Women's Institute, Ayr Chapter

    Children:
    1. William Orra Ball was born 2 Feb 1885, Roseneath, Northumberland Co.., Ontario; died 1 Jan 1977, Galt (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada; was buried 3 Jan 1977, Ayr Cemetery, Ayr, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada.
    2. John Wesley "Wes" Ball was born 9 Oct 1888, Alnwick Twp., Northumberland Co., Ontario; died 30 Mar 1916, Drumbo, Blenheim Twp., Oxford Co., Ontario, Canada; was buried 2 Apr 1916, Ayr Cemetery, Ayr, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada.
    3. Flora Mae "Flo" Ball was born 26 Jan 1889, Alnwick Twp., Northumberland Co., Ontario; died 21 Sep 1980, Cambridge, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada; was buried , Ayr Cemetery, Ayr, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada.
    4. 1. Hilda Ball was born 29 Dec 1890, Roseneath, Northumberland Co.., Ontario; died 7 Sep 1976, Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada; was buried 9 Sep 1976, Ayr Cemetery, Ayr, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada.
    5. Gertrude Maude Ball was born 21 May 1894, Alnwick Twp., Northumberland Co., Ontario; died 24 May 1982, White Rock, , British Columbia, Canada.
    6. Addie Jane Ball was born 11 Sep 1895, Alnwick Twp., Northumberland Co., Ontario; died 15 Apr 1952, London, Middlesex, Ontario, Canada.