This is a story of the life of Mary Louise (Ball) Schiller, daughter, sister, wife, mother, grandmother, aunt, friend, springerle-maker and master crocheter. Her life began August 2, 1928 in Lima Township and Mary answered an invitation from God on July 3, 2017 at the age of 88. She will join her husband, Arthur, who has been waiting for her in heaven since February 1, 1998.
Nothing meant more to Mary than her faith and family. We are sure she will be rewarded for her faith that served as an example to all who knew and loved her. And that is many, many people.
She is preceded in death by 13 brothers and sisters: Dorothy Hunawill, infant brother Adam Ball, Duffield Ball, Edward Ball, infant sister Mary Ball, Alberta Slane, David Ball, Joseph Ball, Barbara Ball, Thomas Ball, Rose Ann Ball Gimmey, Robert Ball and Richard Ball.
Her parents, Joseph and Rose Zink Ball, taught Mary that family came first and Mary, the eighth born, spent her life looking after her brothers and sisters.
At the age of 18, Mary met Arthur Schiller and they were married November 9, 1946. They had a happy life on Baker Road in Dexter, Michigan until I-94 was built through their living room. So, they packed up their belongings and daughters Jackie Schiller and Sharon (Schiller) Sweet and moved to Book Street in Chelsea in 1960.
For 57 years, Mary provided a home that only love could build. In their home passed many friends and family (and even some stranded motorists from the blizzard of 1973 that closed I-94).
She is remembered by her surviving sisters-in-law: Marge Plumb, Margaret Ball and Sandra Ball Jenkins. With Mary’s 13 brothers and sisters and Art’s sister Marian Packer and brother Edward Schiller, Jackie and Sharon were the beneficiaries of many cousins. Those nieces and nephews (too many to mention but not too many to love) were a source of joy to Mary. Until the day she died those friends and nieces and nephews came to see her. Her apartment at Silver Maples Retirement Village in Chelsea was filled with the voices of those she loved most.
Perhaps her most prized legacy is her granddaughter Anna Sweet (Nate Salpeter) of Half Moon Bay, California. Mary loved Anna more than anything. One of her favorite memories is the day Anna called from New York and told her grandparents she had a BIG surprise. So, Mary and Art drove eight hours to Penn Yan, New York for the unveiling of Anna’s two new pigtails!
Please help us celebrate Mary’s life at Staffan-Mitchell Funeral Home. Jackie, Sharon, David (Mary’s favorite son-in-law) and Anna would love to visit with you and hear how Mary was a part of your life during visitation hours, Thursday, July 6 from 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m.
Mary’s funeral will be held Friday, July 7 at 11am from the Staffan-Mitchell Funeral Home with Reverend Dale Grimm of Our Savior Lutheran Church officiating. Mary said she learned more about the Bible from Pastor Grimm than she ever had before. His messages were filled with lessons that made Mary feel happy.
If you would like to make a memorial contribution in Mary’s memory, Jackie and Sharon ask you to consider The Silver Maples Scholarship Fund. This fund helps staff go to nursing school and rewards the wonderful young people who serve the needs of residents there.
One last thing, we love you Mom. We’ll miss you but know you are in a better place and have been happily reunited with Dad and all those you love who went before you. We learned from you and Dad that one day we will all be together again. Until then, we will live our lives to make you proud.