Civic activist Dolores Ball dies

first_imgDolores Ball did the accounting for the family business but worked from home, according to relatives. She became a Whittier College trustee in 1962 and remained a member of the panel up until her death. She was active in the college’s Women’s Auxiliary, local PTA and Boy Scout groups, the Assistance League of Whittier, Whittier Historical Society, First United Methodist Church of Whittier and the local chapter of American Association of University Women. “Whittier meant a great deal to her, and she was very loyal to the community and very philanthropic,” said Virginia Ball, who is married to Ball’s son Robert. “She also felt that education was very important, and the value of graduating from college was important for her children and her grandchildren.” Even in her 80s, Palmer said Ball was always ready for the next challenge. “Several years ago, she mentioned she and her children and grandchildren and great-grandchildren used to have online chats,” Palmer said. “And I thought, here is this woman in her 80s, online chatting with her family. And it was absolutely terrific! “That’s the kind of thing that made her an inspiration to me.” Ball was preceded in death by her husband, Kenneth, and her sons John and Donald. She is survived by daughter Bonnie Slager; son Robert Ball and wife Virginia; granddaughters Nancy Ehlen, Diane Gerken (Donald), Kathleen Yetter (Paul), Darlene Chier (John), Karen Hankel (Carl); and grandsons Steve Ball (Jill), Jeff Ball, David Ball (Tammy), and 17 great-grandchildren. A memorial service will be held at noon Saturday at the First United Methodist Church, 13222 Bailey St. The family suggested donations be made to Whittier College’s Ruth B. Shannon Center or Women’s Auxiliary; the First United Methodist Church; or the Whittier Historical Society. [email protected] (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3051 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! WHITTIER – Dolores Lautrup Ball, a longtime Whittier College trustee, community leader and staunch supporter of the college’s Ruth B. Shannon Center for the Performing Arts, died early Saturday of natural causes at her home. She was 93. Ball’s daughter-in-law, Virginia, said the family matriarch’s health had been declining over the past few months, though she remained mentally alert. That was evident as recently as last month, when Ball took up her regular duties as secretary at the January meeting of the Friends of the Shannon Center, according to theater manager David Palmer. “She was just a truly remarkable woman,” said Palmer, who has worked closely with Ball over the last 15 years. “Her death really does leave a void. She was just phenomenal in her energy and activity throughout the entire time I’ve known her. “She always had that Dolores Ball smile, and a twinkle in her eyes,” he added. Born in Los Angeles on Feb. 28, 1913, Ball moved to Whittier in the early 1920s with her family when her father, M.C. Lautrup, bought into the Whittier Sanitary Dairy Co. The business was later renamed the Quaker Maid Dairy, with Dolores Ball’s photograph being used in the company’s logo. She attended Whittier High School, Whittier College and USC, and taught for a brief time before marrying Kenneth Ball, an employee at the dairy, in 1936. When M.C. Lautrup retired, Kenneth Ball took over the reins at the company. He sold it in 1980. last_img


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