Kay McCarter Ball, 89, of Toledo and Robbinston, ME, died peacefully on Tuesday, April 4th at Hospice of Northwestern Ohio in Perrysburg. 

Kay was born on March 9, 1928 in Plainfield, NJ and grew up in Buffalo and Syracuse, NY. She attended Ogontz Junior College and the University of Arizona before marrying William B. Ball, Jr. in 1949.

Kay and Bill moved to Perrysburg permanently in 1964. She is survived by their three daughters, Sarah Strickland (Robbinston, ME), Peggy Ottman (Wilton, CT), and Libby Tyler (Sacramento, CA); sons-in-law Paul Strickland, John Ottman and Kit Tyler; and their seven grandchildren: Kate Strickland, Claire Strickland Giblin; Bill, Elizabeth and Jack Ottman, and Nick and Henry Tyler. Kay was predeceased by her husband Bill (1991), their son William B. Ball, III (1954), and her brother Robert S. McCarter (2006).

Kay expressed deep love for her family in many special ways, the most important legacy being her beloved camp “The Dam” in Robbinston, Maine. Originally built in 1917 by her grandparents, Robert Sherman McCarter and Mercy Bell Kay, the family has gathered there every summer creating a strong foundation of love and memories that they share today. 

An outspoken ambassador and cheerleader for Perrysburg, Toledo and Robbinston, Kay gave tirelessly of her time and resources to support the communities she held so dear.  She was a volunteer to her very core, and her energy and enthusiasm benefited many organizations including The Toledo Museum of Art, Historic Perrysburg, The Country Garden Club, The Way Public Library, Braden’s Church and Historic Toledo, and Save Passamaquoddy Bay, to name just a few. 

Kay will be remembered as a friend, mentor, and inspiration to young and old alike. As one friend said recently, “...I think of Kay often - how many meetings did she drag us all to! I will remember her as a great lady who always spoke the truth.”

A celebration of Kay’s life was held at on April 13th in Perrysburg, Ohio. A private family ceremony will be held this summer. Memorial contributions can be made to the Robbinston Historical Society, the Foundation for Angelman Syndrome Therapeutics (FAST) or The Toledo Museum of Art. 

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