The report came as a great shock to citizens of Crown Point, as the deceased was beloved by all during the many years she had lived among us.
Martha C. Ball was a courteous cultivated Southern bred lady, with a kind heart and a good word for every person she knew. Her sweet face, always wreathed in pleasant smiles, will be sadly missed from her Crown Point home, where she arrived many years ago, assisting her husband in building up the Crown Point Institute; when this work was given up, living a gentle and patient life in her remodeled church home. Her influence on the community both by precept and practice was helpful to all.
Her sudden call to other climes is deplored by all, and loving sympathy is extended to the aged husband, Rev. Ball, who just a few days ago passed his 86th birthday, by all his old friends and neighbors, which not only includes the city of Crown Point, but the whole of Lake County.
The death of Mrs. Ball was no doubt unexpected as a letter published in this paper the week before failed to mention any sickness of the now deceased wife.
Later information received from Sheffield on Tuesday says that the funeral and burial will take place in Alabama, the land of her birth.
She leaves to mourn her, beside her husband, this daughter and one son Herbert, who is in the far west. No further particulars have been received, but the Star may be able to publish a full obituary next week.
Mrs. Ball was a daughter of Elder Hiram Creighton, a well-known pastor in Clarke County, Alabama, one generation ago, and the sister of Rev. J.H. Creighton, a very active and useful pastor now residing in Clarke County, at Whatley. She was one of the noble women of the land, a loyal Baptist church member and an excellent Sunday school teacher.
She has left two children, Herbert S. Ball, of Idaho, and Mrs. I.W. Martin, of Sheffield, and two grandchildren, Horton C. and Muriel C. Martin, of Sheffield.
Upon the arrival of Mr. Ball from Idaho, the remains will be taken to Clarke County, Ala., for burial.
-- Tri-Cities Daily, Sheffield, Ala.
Go to Martha Caroline Creighton Ball, "Pioneer History Index," for further information.
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