Lena D. Smith, a longtime resident of Duvall, passed away Sept. 5, 2014 at the Regency Care Center in Monroe after a lengthy illness. She was born Nov. 12, 1915 in Union, Ore. to William Louis and Kathleen Lydia (Thompson) Snively. She lived in Oregon, Idaho and Washington, moving to the Cherry Gardens area of Duvall in 1943.
Lena was preceded in death by her parents; several siblings; three husbands, William D. Howes; Harley E. Lankins and W. Albert R. Smith; and two grandsons.
Aurelius “Rink” de Vries, age 93, of Duvall passed away peacefully on his own terms on Thursday morning, Sept. 11, 2014.
He was born in St. Nicolaasga, Friesland, Netherlands on March 20, 1921 to Richard and Henrietta de Vries. At the young age of three he traveled by steamboat to America, arriving first in New York then traveling by train to Chicago and finally arriving by car in Snohomish, Wash. in May 1924.
Benjamin Llewellyn Ball died in Troy, N.Y., on Aug. 11, 2014. Ben was born in Wilmington, Del., on June 6, 1990 to Cynthia Lanners and Dr. J. Eugene Ball, and lived most of his life in Woodinville, Wash. He was 24 years old. Although his time on earth was cut far too short, Ben had an incredible impact and an impressive number of accomplishments. Ben attended Woodinville Montessori School, and graduated from The Overlake School in 2008 and from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) in 2012, with degrees in physics and computer science. During his time as an undergraduate, he won multiple computer programming contests and spent a co-op semester at Amazon.
Ben returned to RPI in the fall of 2012, and was on track to complete a Ph.D. in computer science under Dr. Mark Shephard. His research focused on improving the simulation of plasma behavior in tokamak nuclear fusion reactors. We will never understand why Ben, who loved life, chose to take his own life last Monday. Ben will be fondly remembered as a focused student, an avid gamer, and above all, a conscientious, astute and sensitive young man with deep insights and a unique sense of humor.
In addition to his parents, Ben is survived by his older siblings, Dr. K. Aurelia “Lia” and Erick Ball, his closest friends Charlie Evans and Ryan Breseman and a multitude of family, friends and co-workers.
A memorial was held Sunday, Aug. 17 at Woodinville Montessori School, Bothell campus.
Memorial donations may be made to Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Gifts may be made at securelb.imodules.com/s/1225/index.aspx?sid=1225&gid=1&pgid=1947&cid=4524. Select “Make my gift in honor/memory of someone special” and enter Benjamin’s name.
Gifts may also be sent to Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Gifts Processing Center, P.O. Box 3164, Boston, MA 02241-3164.
‘One-of-a-kind’ Michael Ball was a ‘daily presence’ in community
For Michael A. Ball, our great friend and eccentric provocateur of life’s daily routines in the Duvall area, the last curtain call has suddenly arrived.
It may be that such an entry into the blast furnace of eternity would not register as more than the tiniest blip on our vast planet – but here, in our little town, his multitude of friends and family are still reeling and may yet need counseling at the loss of this member of our community who meant so much to many of us that “life” will now for some folks be divided into two parts: the days of Mike Ball and the days after.