BALL, Rosina (nee DeConink)
Rosina Ball passed away on Sunday, December 19th at the Views, Oceanside Extended Care in Comox where she had resided for 12 years. She was predeceased by her husband Leslie Ball in April 2001 and by her mother, Mary Morrison and her father, Francis Julian DeConink.
Rosina was born in Cumberland on September 13th, 1918. She was a hairdresser by trade. In 1938 she married Leslie Ball from Comox and they lived in their home on Dingwall Road in Courtenay for over 45 years. Rosina is survived by her three daughters: Marilyn Clements of Courtenay, Barbara (Dan) MacKenzie of Courtenay and Pamela (Vivian) Wylie of Comox; and by her brother Jack (Joan) Morrison of Comox.
Rosina was known as Mimi to her five grandchildren: Geoff (Lynne) Clements, Leslie (Mike) Burrows, Owen (Ann) Clements, Leigh (Cindi) MacKenzie and Phairis (Amin) Sajan. She will will missed by eleven great grandchildren: Tylor, Katelyn, Stephanie, Liam, Travis, Kyra, Declan, Dominic, Isaac, Layla and Nyla.
Rosina loved quilting and after many wonderful trips to Maui, she made beautiful Hawaiian quilts for her family. But perhaps Rosina’s greatest attribute was her people skills. Rosina had the gift of the gab, and to steal one of her favourite sayings, she could charm a bird out of a tree, with strangers often revealing their life stories to her within minutes of meeting her!
A Memorial Service will be held at the Comox Valley Funeral Home, Cremation & Reception Centre, 1101 Ryan Road in Courtenay, BC at 1pm on Saturday, January 8th, 2011. If anyone chooses to do so, in lieu of flowers, please make a donation to the Leslie and Rosina Ball Memorial Endowment at the North Island College Foundation, 2300 Ryan Road, Courtenay, BC V9N 8N6. The endowment provides an annual scholarship to a student in the Nursing Program at North Island College.
The family wishes to thank the many staff who have provided such wonderful care to Rosina during her years at Oceanview Extended Care Unit. You are too many to name, but we thank you all for the love, comfort and care you all gave to her and to us.