Frances G. Smith of Woodinville passed away in her sleep Tuesday morning, Sept. 23, 2014.
She was born in Chicago on March 5, 1934, and moved to Washington in 1980. She was a Woodinville resident for 28 years.
Prior to moving to Washington, Frances taught school in Chicago. Once in Washington, she taught at Woodinville Montessori School. Frances’ passion was dance. She studied dance in Chicago and was at ease on the dance floor, be it ballroom or modern dance. Frances was active throughout her life. She was taking Zumba and Aero Flex three times a week prior to her stroke two years ago.
She is survived by her husband Bruce and her daughters Kimberlyn and Mariana. The service will be private.
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.