Winnifred Marie Ball

August 30, 1923 ~ May 21, 2021 (age 97)


Winnifred Marie Ball, our beautiful, loving mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, passed away on Friday, May 21, 2021 at Brian’s House, Essexville, with her three daughters by her side.  

Winnie was born August 30, 1923 in Cass City, daughter of the late Milton and Etta (Bright) Sugden. She married her high school sweetheart, Ralph Cleon Ball, on June 21, 1943 in Cass City. Ralph passed away on June 2, 2012. During WWII she worked as a “Rosie the Riveter” in Detroit. But most of her life she worked in retail. Retiring twice from J. C. Penney (in Bay City and in Lakeland, FL). Winnie loved to bowl, watch the Detroit Tigers, shop with her daughters and grandchildren and take drives in the country. Most of all, she cherished every minute spent talking and laughing with her family.

She is survived by her three daughters, Judy (Robert Hall) Phillips of Alger, Ariane (Frank) Billot of Snover and Colleen (Ben) DeBolt of Bay City, grandchildren, Darrell (Angie) Stone, Loren Stone, Christine (Dave) Stone, all of Utah, Stacy (Tammy) Ball of Georgia, Matt (Kelly) Billot of Saginaw, Doug (Jill) Billot of Frankenmuth, Stephanie (Matt) Eau Claire of Utah, Candice (Adam) Becker of Essexville, 13 great-grandchildren and a sister-in-law, JoAnn Ferguson.  She was predeceased by her son, Roger Ball, grandchildren, Anthony Ball, Sean Ball and Darwin Stone, brothers and sister-in-laws, Richard (Lois) Sugden, Dean Sugden, and John Douglas “J. D.” (Lois) Sugden, sister-in-laws and brother-in-laws, Millard (Betty) Ball, Ronald Ferguson and Dorothy (Elwyn) Baerwolf.

Honoring Winnie’s wishes, cremation has taken place and private burial has taken place next to Ralph in Elkland Township Cemetery.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to the staff of Brian’s House for the loving care and compassion they provided to Winnie in her final days.

Those planning an expression of sympathy may wish to consider memorials to Brian’s House, 664 W. Nebobish, Essexville, MI 48732 (   

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