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“I'm so sad to hear of Shawn's mother passing. Shawn and I dated in college for a short period of time. I met her mother and she was a nice lady....Read More »
1 of 6 | Posted by: Rob and Leah Hall

“I had the great fortune of having Mrs. Ball as my second grade and fourth grade teacher. (I was so excited to have her twice!!) She was my favorite...Read More »
2 of 6 | Posted by: Eileen Tierney Broderick

“So sad to hear the news. I'll never forget Mrs. Ball saying, "Oh sugar-bushes!" in the classroom - what a great teacher she was! ”
3 of 6 | Posted by: Chris Rutsch - Forestville, CT

“A beautiful and very fitting words about a very dear woman. I will miss her. For many years in the 60's - 80's she was my "go to person".My sincere...Read More »
4 of 6 | Posted by: Pat Tremblay - Friend

“May the God of all comfort strengthen the family during this time of deep sorrow. Those who pass on, God keeps in his memory because they are...Read More »
5 of 6 | Posted by: A friend

“Shawn, David, Zac, Sammi and Patrick. A beautiful tribute to a beautiful woman. My thoughts are with you at this time. Love Vicki Chamberlain ”
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Edna Frances (Blair) Ball, 85, of Avon, passed away peacefully at home surrounded by her loving family on Sunday, March 26, 2017. Francy was born in Pueblo, CO, the daughter of the late Tom A. and Edna (Hammock) Blair. In 1970, Francy and her family moved to Connecticut from Michigan where she began her 35- year teaching career at Roaring Brook School. Francy earned her teaching credentials while raising her three children, graduating with her Bachelor's degree from Eastern Michigan University and later earning her Master's degree from the University of Hartford. Francy was also a talented pianist—classically trained—and she found great enjoyment playing for various events in the Avon school system and teaching piano in her home. Outside of school, she enjoyed tending her spectacular gardens. Her family was incredibly important to her, and she cherished the time she spent with her children and grandchildren. Francy was a sweet, kindhearted, and gentle soul who will be dearly missed by her family and many friends. Francy is survived by her two daughters, Julie Shackelford and husband Roy of Canton, and Shawn Ball and husband David Katz of Granby; her three adored grandchildren, Zac Marconi, Samantha Marconi, and Patrick Katz; her niece, Cindy and husband Joe; and her nephew Tom. Francy will also be missed by her dear best friend Helen Byus. She was predeceased by her son, Robert "Bobby" Ball; her brother, Tom A. Blair, Jr.; and her beloved Bruce. Francy's family will receive friends on Sunday, April 2, from 2-4PM at the Carmon Funeral Home & Family Center, 301 Country Club Rd., Avon. A memorial service will be held at 4PM following the calling hours. Memorial donations in Francy's memory may be made to the Farmington Valley VNA, 8 Old Mill Ln., Simsbury, CT 06070, or to the American Parkinson Disease Association, Inc., P.O. Box 718, Old Mystic, CT 06372. Francy's family would like to extend their deepest gratitude to the nurses and staff of the Farmington Valley VNA, and especially to "JoJo"— her "little piece of heaven"— for the wonderful care and compassion they extended to Francy and her family. For online condolences or to share a memory of Francy with the family, please visit