2017-05-18 / Obituaries

Patricia Ann Ball

Patricia Ann Ball was called to be with her Lord, whom she loved and served, on May 11, 2017.

Tricia, as she preferred to be called, was born in Burbank, Calif. on June 21, 1951, as an only child to William and Donnajune Foschaar. She grew up in the San Fernando Valley, and enjoyed family camping and water skiing trips, especially to Lake Shasta and Lake Powell. She especially enjoyed girl time and horseback riding with her best friend Linda Whipp, who became maid of honor at her wedding. She attended SimiValley High School, and graduated from Moorpark College with a degree in wild and exotic animal training and management, which she put to good use working at Magic Mountain with their wild animal shows. One of her favorite stories was about being “asked to leave” after the manager found raccoons and lions living in her apartment.

She loved flowers and spent a lot of time in the garden. As soon as a plant bloomed, she would bring flowers into the house. When the couple lived in Fillmore, she worked for a cousin who owned Fillmore Flower Shop.

Another of Tricia’s loves was designing jewelry, and for a time, she managed a jewelry store in Ventura. She loved square dancing, and met her husband-to-be, Sheldon (Shel) when she called a square dance for the high school youth group at Bardsdale Methodist Church, of which Shel was the adult advisor. With her interest in cars (she had restored her own Bug-Eyed Austin- Healy Sprite), she and Shel were a natural couple. On their first date, she told Shel she had grown up handing wrenches to her father while he restored and flew antique airplanes. They were married July 13, 1985. She became an “instant mom” to Shel’s two teen-age children, Allison and Christopher, and later a loving grandma to Kimberly Ball, and Mei and Cole Tanaka.

When Shel retired from teaching vocational education at Fillmore High School in 1995, they moved to Mariposa and built their home in the Lushmeadows area. Her parents also relocated here about the same time. Tricia loved to be a homemaker, and especially to cook. She designed her own kitchen, around which Shel built their home. Each year she carried on a 109-year-old family tradition of hosting a New Year’s Day Pork and Sauerkraut dinner for family and friends.

Tricia’s heart overflowed with love for her family, and for animals, and her home was a happy place for Shel and their Doberman Pinschers.

Tricia and Shel enjoyed traveling, especially in their antique and classic cars. She was a life member in the Horseless Carriage Club, member of the Marmon Motor Car Club, the Pierce Arrow Society, the Franklin Club, the Studebaker Club, the Model T Ford Club and the Mountain Road Rattlers. She was the proud owner of, and helped restore, her 1969 Camaro Z-28.

Tricia became a licensed pilot. She served as a docent at the California Gem and Mineral Museum here in Mariposa. She took an active part in the United Methodist Women. She sang in the choir at Bardsdale Methodist Church, and was a church secretary. She (and Shel) served over 19 years as a volunteer with the Mariposa County Sheriff Department’s SCOPE. She is a past officer in the Lushmeadows Homeowners Association.

Tricia wanted to thank the caregivers who cared for her in the last days of her illness, and to the members of Hornitos Masonic Lodge No. 98 for their love, support and prayers for both her and Shel.

A celebration of Tricia’s life will be held at the Mariposa United Methodist Church, Saturday, June 10, 2017 at 1 p.m., followed by a luncheon in the fellowship hall. In lieu of flowers, friends are invited to make a donation to the local SPCA, in fond memory of Tricia’s love for animals, and/or to the Hornitos Masonic Lodge 98 Sunshine fund.

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