Prayer For Death On Xmas Answered
"Grandma" Ball's Long cherished wish to die on Christmas Day has been answered.
As if in response to her fervent prayers that she might pass away on the anniversary of the Christ child's birth, Mrs. Amelia Ball, 78 years old died Saturday morning at the home of her daughter, Mrs. H. J. Hulick of Orr.
Grandma always thought it would be glorious to died when the bells and chimes of the churches rang out on Christmas day. She had often told her family that she would like to die that way.
And strikingly enough, just at the time when the spirit of Christmas was at its best and people were humbly paying tribute to Jesus, the last spark of life in the little old woman flickered out.
For the last 40 years she had been suffering from asthma, and a week's illness from grip proved too much for the aged woman.
Mr. and Mrs. H. J. Hulick of Orr were in this city Christmas morning to attend the wedding of their son, Ralph Hulick, to Miss Jessie Dow of Grand Forks. Grandma Dow passed away just one hour before the young people were joined in marriage. She was born in Germany, coming across the ocean when but a girl of 13 and locating at Detroit, Minn. Ten years ago she moved to Russell, N.D. where she lived until a year and a half ago, when she went to Orr to live with her daughter, Mrs. Hulick.
The deceased was the mother of 13 children, seven boys and eight girls, all of whom are living except one daughter.
The body was taken to Russell yesterday morning over the Soo, and services will be held in that community from the German Lutheran church this afternoon. Mrs. Minnie Ball, daughter-in-law of the deceased said last night in speaking of Grandma Ball:
"She was a devoted Christian. Everyone loved her and she will be keenly missed. It may not have been such a very merry Christmas for some of us, but it surely was a happy and beautiful one for grandma Ball." — Grand Forks Daily Herald.
Beach Advance, 1/7/1916