September 29, 2022
Mrs. Doris Jean Ball (late) of Abbotsford, BC, passed away at the age of 95 at her family farm in Bradner, BC on 29 September, 2022.
She is survived by her son Rick (Shirley), daughters Kathie and Deborah, son Kelly (Wendy) and grandsons Shaun and Devin. She was predeceased by her parents Clifton and Audrey Connery, brother Terry Connery, and daughter Jackie.
Born in Edmonton, Alberta, Doris Jean grew up on a farm with her parents in McLennan, Alberta where she developed a deep love of animals, especially her beloved thoroughbred horses. In the late 1950s she moved to BC’s lower mainland where, as a single mom, she raised her own family to be good citizens, including involvement in 4-H, Cub Scouts, Royal Canadian Sea Cadets, and especially music and the creative arts. She and her son, Rick, bought land in Bradner in 1970, and she established what was to be her life-long farm and homestead for the remaining 52 years of her life.
Doris Jean was employed with the Royal Bank of Canada for 25 years, ultimately serving as administrative assistant to the Abbotsford branch manager, John (Jock) Peddie. She then retired from the Royal Bank in 1982 to dedicate herself to her farm, pets, and thoroughbred racehorses. As a passionate horse-person, she was a regular at the racetrack in Hastings Park, Vancouver, where she had many dear friends.
In 2009, Doris Jean was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, a condition that worsened over time. But she always remained the centre of gravity for important events, especially birthdays and Christmas, with family gathered to celebrate. Over the later years, she was cared for by her family, and especially her daughter Kathie. Kathie was her primary caregiver, supported by Mhayleen and Maylyn from the Fraser Health Authority, alongside other loyal and dedicated caregivers.
It was Doris Jean’s wish to reside at home on her farm until she passed away. She spent her final days safe and peaceful at home in her sunroom, overlooking the rolling green hills, trees and horses. We’ll always love and miss you, Mom.
A celebration of life event will be held at a future date. Instead of flowers, donations may be made to the SPCA in her memory.
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