Winona Martha Ball, age 96, formerly of Devon and Centerville, Kan., died Saturday, May 15, 2010, at Fort Scott Medicalodge.
She was born Sept. 7, 1913, to Charles O. and Hattie L. Lathom McKee in Fargo, Okla.
Winona's father Charles was an employee of the Missouri Pacific Railroad so her family moved and she made new friends often. Her mother Hattie said Winona started running when she learned to walk.
She married James J. Killip on April 15, 1942.
She lived through the depression and WWII and was a fine example of the "Greatest Generation." During WWII she worked for Boeing Aircraft in Wichita building B-29 bombers, and later moved up to the equivalent of an air traffic controller. In the evenings (after work), she volunteered to guard airplanes with a 30-06 rifle while in the Civil Air Patrol. Winona regretted that after taking parachute training in the Civil Air Patrol her group was not allowed to jump out of a plane.
Winona, her husband, and two young sons moved to Devon, Kan., in March 1958. When her husband was called back to work at Boeing she put in the crops on the new farm.
While living at Devon, Winona was very active in the Eastern Star, the local church, and found time to be involved in local politics. She was a township trustee for several terms. Winona also worked for the Fort Scott cattle sale (Fort Scott Market) for many years, retiring at age 83.
After her husband's death in 1976, she married Don Ball of Centerville, Kan. Don and Winona had a great life on the farm. During this time Winona became a grandmother twice, with the arrival of Loreen Killip in 1977, and Ginger Killip in 1980. Her time with Don on the farm was the happiest of her life. She always said "we are doing just what we want."
Don died in 2002, and she sold the family farm to her good friend Gary Harvey.
Although Winona was very independent, she relied on her good friends, Gary and Jackie Harvey and Justin Harvey and family, to provide for her when needed. Gary was always with her when she was ill.
She will be greatly missed by all who knew her, and she will never be forgotten by her friends and loved ones.
Survivors include her son, Stephen Killip and wife Candace, Bakersfield, Calif.; granddaughter Loreen Marvosh and husband Todd, granddaughter Ginger Hilu and husband Enmar; stepson Carrol Ball; step-grandson Lonnie Ball and wife Melanie, step-grandson John Ball and wife Mellissa; step-granddaughter Joann Peine and husband Bob, as well as six great-grandsons.
In addition to her husbands, she was preceded in death by her mother and father, one sister, Thelma White, two brothers, John and Maynard McKee, and son Charles Killip.
Rev. Phil Wilson will conduct funeral services for Winona Ball at 10 a.m. Friday, May 21, 2010, in the Cheney Witt Chapel. Burial will follow in the Sunny Slope Cemetery in Blue Mound, Kan.
Words of remembrance may be submitted to the online guestbook at cheneywitt.com.
Memorials are suggested to the Centerville Community Church and may be left in care of the Cheney Witt Chapel, 201 S. Main, P.O. Box 347, Fort Scott, Kan. 66701.
Words of rememberance may be submitted to the online guestbook at cheneywitt.com.