Mrs. Elaine Parks Ball

b. 15 Jan 1921 - Onancock, VA
d. 18 June 2005 - Onancock, VA - age 84

Mary Washington College, B. S. in Education, Class of 1941

Assistant Librarian

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Elaine Parks Ball

ONANCOCK - Elaine Parks Ball, 84, died June 18, 2005, in Onancock, Va., in the presence of her loving sister and her three loving children. Mrs. Ball was born Jan. 15, 1921, in Onancock, where she was raised among family and countless friends, first on North Street, and then in the home her grandfather built, at 24 Kerr St. She graduated from Mary Washington College in 1941 with a bachelor of science degree in education. She was married to the late David Joseph Ball in 1944, and they lived in Hampton, Va., until 2002 when she returned to Onancock, for a retired life near friends and family, supported by the devoted staff of the Hermitage of the Eastern Shore. Mrs. Ball taught high school in Accomack County for two years, and she was then a librarian in the Newport News school system for 28 years, at Newport News High School, Newport News Intermediate School and Dozier Intermediate School. She was a member of St. John's Episcopal Church in Hampton and she later transferred her church membership back to the spiritual roots of her childhood, Holy Trinity Episcopal Church in Onancock. She was a member of the PEO, the Delta Kappa Gamma Society, the Peninsula Arts Society and other professional and service organizations. She contributed heavily to the growth and development of many students on both shores of the Chesapeake Bay and was an educational inspiration to her three children. Elaine was dearly cherished by all who knew her, and she would want all to know that her love for us was every bit as deep and strong. Mrs. Ball is survived by her devoted sister, Mildred Beth Graham; her daughter, Jeanne Ball Burger, and children, Scott and Andrew; her son, John David Ball, his wife, Bonney, and children, Michael and Taylor; her son William Parks Ball, his wife, Kati, and children, Benjamin and Kelly; her nephew, Richard Stuart Graham Jr., his wife, Debbie, and daughter, Lindsay; her nieces, Sandra Brown, Bonnie Unger, Cindy Socci and Laney Ball; and her nephews, Sandy Ball and Keith Ball. A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Friday, June 24, at Holy Trinity Episcopal Church on Market Street in Onancock. In lieu of flowers, donations of love may be made to Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, 66 Market St., Onancock, VA 23417, or to any area Hospice Program. Arrangements by the Williams-Onancock Funeral Home.

Published in the Daily Press on 6/22/2005.


Elaine Ball transferred to Dozier Middle School as their school librarian in 1982.  I had the pleasure
of working with her for many years until she retired.  She had the "fun" of establishing a brand new
library at Dozier.  If you can imagine ordering, and processing over 30,000 library books at one time. :) :) 
 She and her assistant Jane Newell operated a very fine state-of-the-arts library.  When I was hired
by NNPS in 1968, Mr. McIntosh was Superintendent, Mrs. Hamilton was head of Personnel, Mr. Keesee 
and Jack Powers handled the textbook processing/warehouse and many other "little things" that
keep a school system rolling.

A classmate of ours Dr. Steve Hochman, began his career as a teacher.  He was principal of Denbigh High
School for many years and he retired as a Director from Alternative Services at the NNPS Administration
Building.  It was good to see Steve and his wife Pat, again at our reunion.  Many of NNHS graduates
took the wonderful education given to us and passed it on by becoming fine teachers themselves. 
What a legacy, coming full circle.

- Joan Lauterbach Krause ('60) of VA - 10/13/05
Thanks, Joan!

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