Maralyn Mae Ball, the daughter of Nels and Maureen (Goodell) Lindhart, was born on February 22, 1929, in Humboldt County, Iowa. In 1940 she moved with her family to a farm adjacent to Dolliver State Park in Webster County. She attended school in Lehigh and then Iowa State Teachers College in Cedar Falls, IA. Maralyn began her career as an elementary educator in Webb, IA, where her older sister, Neoma was also teaching.
On October 7, 1950, she was united in marriage to Raymond Ball in Jackson, MN. They raised their four children in the Dickens area on a farm, always making sure every summer was punctuated with a highly anticipated family vacation. She started teaching kindergarten at South Clay when her youngest child was in first grade, retiring in 1977. Maralyn was a quiet person and a voracious reader. She gardened with vigor, raising flowers and vegetables and an especially hearty asparagus bed. She did a lot of home canning, often with Raymond’s assistance, and she was an exceptional cook. Ask anyone. She and Raymond traveled many places together like Hawaii, Jamaica, Canada, Glacier National Park and many other destinations. Maralyn had a great appreciation for music. A good movie and a glass of wine were the source of much contentment. She kept journals of a lifetime of memories and wisdom that will delight future generations of her family. Maralyn was a kind and thoughtful person who just loved being home.
Maralyn passed away on Saturday, March 21, 2020, at the Spencer Hospital at the age of 91. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Raymond in 2012; two sisters: Ruth Schwendemann and Neoma Sweet and one brother, Otis Lindhart.
Left to cherish her memory are her children: Curtis and his wife, Donna of Dickens, IA, Debra Tryggestad and her husband, Daryl of Downing, WI, Donna Barstad of Sioux Falls, SD and Linda Grange and her husband, Alan of Ruthven, IA; seven grandchildren; seven great grandchildren; her sister, Lila Weber of West Bend, IA; one brother, Charles Lindhart of DeKalb, IL; other relatives and many friends.
The family would like to thank the staff at the Spencer Hospital for their diligent care, and also the Spencer Hospital Hospice.