LEOMA BALL celebrates 100th birthday recently at Westwood Hills Nursing and Rehab.

Leoma Ball celebrated her 100th birthday on Saturday, May 30, 2015, at Westwood Hills Nursing and Rehab in Wilkesboro.

Mrs. Ball was born June 1, 1915, to Jim and Gay Marlow. She had three brothers, Datchie, Larin, and Henry Marlow, and one sister, Ann Marlow Pedin.

Mrs. Ball married Fred Oliver Davis and they had two sons, Jim Davis and Wayne Davis.

Her first husband died April 8, 1945, while serving in the U.S. military during World War II in Germany.

Later Mrs. Ball married Lonnie Aaron Ball, a World War II veteran. He died March 21, 2005.

Her daughter-in-laws are Dondee Davis and Sallie Davis. She has nine grandchildren, 25 great-grandchildren, and four great-great grandchildren.

Mrs. Ball is a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Women’s Auxiliary of Veteran’s of Foreign Wars, and Brushy Mountain Extension Homemaker’s club.

She has taken classes at Wilkes Community College in cake decorating, basket making, ceramics, and gardening. Mrs. Ball made most of her family’s clothes, gardened and more.

During her marriage, Mrs. Ball and her husband traveled to every state in the United States and visited over 20 foreign countries.

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