Irene Ferrell Ball, 86, entered into the arms of her Lord and Savior on Friday, March 19, 2021, at her home surrounded by her family. She was born December 16, 1934, in Miami, Florida, to the late Marcine and Eleanor Ferrell. She was a member of The Village Church at Shell Point and belonged to many garden clubs throughout her life.
Irene was a true “Southern Belle” with deep roots in southwest Georgia. She was known for her southern cooking, blueberry cobbler, black walnut sour cream pound cake and specialized at cooking for a crowd. Her home was always brightened by her beautiful flower arrangements. Irene’s alto voice was heard in many choirs. She enjoyed fishing, wedding coordination, and was a dedicated volunteer who planned and hosted numerous special events. She was a generous hostess whose home was always open. Affectionately known as “Gran”, she was an expert rocker of babies. Following her marriage to Commander Marvin Loy Ball, Jr, USN Ret. Irene worked at home raising four very accomplished children, praying for and supporting them with unconditional love.
Surviving are: her loving husband, Marvin Loy Ball, Jr. of Fort Myers, Florida; two sons and daughters-in-law, Marvin F. Ball and wife, Anne Rolfe Keefe Ball of Norfolk, Virginia, and Michael Loy Ball and wife, Elizabeth Dell Ball of Temple, Texas; a daughter Marcia Lynn Ball of Harrisonburg, Virginia; and a daughter and son-in-law, Michele Morhenn and husband, Eric Morhenn of Portola Valley, California; a sister, Sara Ferrell King and husband David King of Fort Meyers, Florida; and a sister-in-law, Dona Mae Ferrell of Fort Myers, Florida: twelve grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
Burial will be at Arlington National Cemetery. Memorial gifts can be made to the Great Commission Fund at The Village Church at Shell Point, 15100 Shell Point Blvd, Fort Myers, FL 33908, or Kerus Global Education, 425 Newman Ave, Suite B, Harrisonburg, VA 22801. A memorial service will be held at the church at a future date.