Loretta F. Ball

September 09, 1935 - March 07, 2020
Loretta F. Ball

Warm, funny, amazing, tough, classy…All of these words have been used over the last several days to describe Loretta Fern Ball.

She was born September 9, 1935, to Thomas and Fern Cooney in Colorado Springs, Colorado. As a child she moved to Parsons, Kansas where she met her future husband Paul. They married on June 21, 1951.

It was Loretta’s support that was critical to her husband’s career as she often spent time raising their 5 children during his extended military tours of duty. If you knew any of her children, you know it could only take an exceptionally strong woman to be able to tame the Ball clan. It’s that support and strength that has left an everlasting impression on us.

In 1972 Loretta and Paul retired to Parsons KS, where she found employment as a seamstress with Fred Ronald Manufacturing and later Trend Manufacturing. She was known as a dedicated, hardworking employee. In her spare time, she was involved with the VFW Post 704 Ladies Auxiliary and had multiple hobbies: fishing, camping, and bowling. She excelled tremendously at bowling receiving a pin for over 30 straight years qualifying for the Kansas state bowling tournament. She was also an individual state champion and was enshrined in the Bowling Hall of Fame at the local, state, and national levels. Bowling was an outlet that afforded her the opportunity to travel and create a lasting impact on the friends and family that she bowled with over the years. In her later years she loved playing scratch tickets and going to the casino and there was always the possibility that if you were driving her to the casino you might be stopping at several convenience stores along the way to continuously cash in winning scratchers. Going the casino was an outlet that allowed her to combine 2 of her loves—the thrill of winning and spending time with family.

Loretta was first and foremost dedicated to her family, spending much of her time helping out with watching kids, grandkids, nieces, and nephews. She was always a listening ear when you needed advice, and there for you if you ever needed a helping hand. In a family that is full of strong personalities it’s easy to get lost in the shuffle, but when Paul and her son Ricky passed away in 2015, we realized how tough and enduring Loretta was as she guided as all through these rough times as a mother, grandmother, aunt, and friend. She fought through her own cancer and various illnesses to continually provide our family balance and stability. It was in this time of great emotional need for us that we learned how much she was the glue that kept us together and the rock that provided us stability.

Loretta found peace surrounded by family on March 7, 2020.

She was preceded in death by her husband Paul Ball and her son Ricky Ball; Parents, Thomas and Fern Cooney; Brothers, Vincent and Aldon Cooney and John W. Ball; Sisters Nita Rogers, Lois Gale and infant sister Marlene.

She is survived by her children John (Nell) Ball, Paula (Rick) Chaney, Darrel (Anne) Ball, Terry (Tamie) Ball, daughter in law Cynthia Ball, sisters Elaine Myers and Sharon Lewis, 17 Grandchildren, and 33 Great Grandchildren.

A memorial visitation will be from 6:00 p.m., to 8:00 p.m. Wednesday, March 11, 2020 at the Forbes-Hoffman Funeral Home.

The family requests donations be made to the American Cancer Society and the Robert J. Dole VA Memorial Hospice Center in Wichita, KS. These may be left at or mailed to the Forbes-Hoffman Funeral Home, P.O. Box 374, Parsons, Kansas 67357.