Benjamin Llewellyn Ball

  • Written by Woodinville Weekly Staff

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 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.

Michael A. Ball

  • Written by Lance Ball and Denny Redman

‘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.


Colin Briganti

  • Written by Woodinville Weekly Staff

On the afternoon of July 12, 2014, Colin Briganti passed awa  as a result of complications during recover of his heart surgery at Swedish Hospital in Seattle, surrounded by his family and close friends. Colin, who was born in Seattle and lived in Woodinville, was 23 years of age.


Ruby Thomas Peebles

  • Written by Woodinville Weekly Staff

Obit PeeblesRuby Thomas Peebles, 87, of Woodinville, went to be with the Lord on July 1, 2014. She passed away at Providence Everett Medical Center in Everett due to complications associated with lung cancer.

Ruby was born in Raleigh, N.C., on November 27, 1926 to Annie Zachary and John Miller Thomas. She was their only child. Ruby passed away peacefully in the presence of her daughters, Kay Sharon Ditzenberger of Snohomish and Sandra Elizabeth Chase of Bothell. Ruby’s son E. David Peebles and his wife Carol reside in Starkville, Miss. Ruby’s husband, Edgar David Peebles, preceded her in death in 1993. They had been married 45 years. Ruby is survived by her three children, their spouses, seven grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Ruby was a patriotic, outspoken Southern lady who enjoyed calling herself “Ruby red white and blue.” She embraced freedom of speech, deeply enjoyed her professional life as a legal secretary and maintained her passion for always looking her best. She was an extraordinary organizer, incredibly gifted writer and articulate public speaker. She led women’s Bible studies, attended church services regularly and derived a great deal of pleasure from interactions with others. Her final church home was Avondale Bible Church in Woodinville.

Ruby lived at Greenbrier Heights Senior Apartments in Woodinville for 10 years before her illness, where she made deeply meaningful relationships with the residents. She was nutrition coordinator at the Bothell Senior Center from 2002 to approximately 2004.

Her true passion and pleasure were found in her children, her family and her heavenly father. Ruby wanted it known that, “The One I have found to be my closest Friend is my Heavenly Father — and, my Heavenly Husband for years and years. Without His love I’d not have survived.”

She is with Him. We love you mom and will miss you very much. There is no doubt that we will see you in heaven!

Treva Mae Crimmins

  • Written by Woodinville Weekly Staff

Obit CrimminsTreva Mae Crimmins, 87, of Kenmore, died peacefully on Wednesday, March 19, 2014.

She lived life to the fullest with her family, pets, art, music, theater and writing. Treva is survived by three children: Rebecca Crimmins-Xczar of Sammamish, Wash., Catherine Santini of Kirkland, Wash. and Allen Crimmins of Portland, Ore., and two grandchildren, Elizabeth and Mikayla Crimmins. She has three surviving brothers: Duke Whiteaker of Longview, Wash., Junior (James Clifford) Whiteaker of Spokane, Wash. and Clyde Whiteaker of Oroville, Wash., along with many other family members. A memorial service will be held in Longview, Wash. on Aug. 9 at 11 a.m. at St.

Stephen’s Episcopal Church. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the SightConnection, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Treva was a great woman, and she is deeply missed by her family and all those whose lives she touched.