NEGAUNEE TOWNSHIP, Mich. - Jodi Lynn Ball, 38, of 151 M-35, Negaunee Township ended her courageous fight against melanoma on Sunday, February 10, 2013 at Marquette General Hospital under the care of Lake Superior Hospice surrounded by her family and friends who were honored to be part of her journey.
Jodi was born on September 15, 1974 to Bruce D. and Delight Hill at the Bell Memorial Hospital. Jodi married the love of her life, Kurt E. Ball on August 8, 1998. Jodi and Kurt have two children, Nathan and Ashley, who are at home. Jodi was employed by MARESA since July, 1997. Positions she held there, were secretary to the Early On Coordinator, secretary to the Director of Special Education, and most recently, Assistant to the Superintendent.
Jodi had numerous interests: She loved family times, especially when she could go to Tigers games, camping trips, traveling, and hunting with family. She was active in the Negaunee Township Fire Department. She also loved being involved in Big Brothers/Big Sisters, in fund raising activities and special education. Since being diagnosed with melanoma in 2011, Jodi has shared her courageous journey through her blog: The Amazing Brain. (www.ballfamily49866blogspot.com). Through her blog and her desire to help others, she has shown incredible strength and courage, she has inspired others "TO BELIEVE!" She was always grateful for the support and acts of kindness that she received. Her determination was inspiring to many.
Jodi Lynn Ball
Jodi is survived by her devoted husband, Kurt E. Ball and their children, Nathan and Ashley. She is also survived by her mother, Delight and her father, Bruce D. Hill, a brother: John and his children: Alyssa, Andrew, and Alivia all of Gwinn. Kurt's parents: Ray and Kay (Waara) Ball, and brother: Kevin and Christine Ball of Negaunee Township. Her "Little", Dan Nelson (Katie, Aili) also of Negaunee Township. She is also survived by her maternal Grandmother, Edna Porter of Marquette, her grandmother Betty Waara of Negaunee Township, her paternal grandmother, Ruth Fredin of Ishpeming, her favorite Aunt and Uncle, Kris and Richard Rintala of Harvey, her "sister" cousin, Laurie (Bob) Sayen of Gwinn, and numerous aunts, uncles, cousins and special friends.
A "CELEBRATION OF JODI'S LIFE" will be held on Sunday, February 17, 2013 at the Negaunee Township Hall from 1:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m. A short memorial service will take place at 1:00 p.m. followed by a reception. People are encouraged to wear their "I Wear Black for Jodi" shirts and dress comfortably. In lieu of flowers contributions may be directed to the family to establish a scholarship fund for the children.
Condolences may be expressed online at www.koskeyfuneralhome.com.
Trying to make some sense of this, you are much too young
A vibrant wife, full of life, with songs still left to be sung
Devoted mother, daughter, friend, life isn't always fair
But joyful signs, of love divine, follow you everywhere
That the strength and courage you showed the world had Power seldom seen
Your fighting spirit will live right on, and your soul will soon be free
I Believe, I Believe, I Believe
The time has come to say goodbye, it's time for you to go
To be that Guardian Angel for your children as they grow
You'll be with them forever, every night and day
Watching over them closely, every step along the way
You taught lessons to your children, you knew that they would need
The love between you and your husband, will live on eternally
I Believe, I Believe, I Believe