“This woman was the most dynamic, intelligent, lady,’’ he said. “She oozed the style and sophistication of the ‘Mia muh’ era...She was a world traveler and an author’’ of a children’s book, based on her father’s encounter with a bear.
And although the soul of Southern graciousness, “she loved the way Miami Shores had changed, said Andrews, from Mia muh Shores to the ‘gayborhood...’ She embraced all that diversity.’’
In 1999, Ball told a Miami Herald reporter that she was relieved that Dade Heritage Trust and the Miami City Cemetery Task Force had taken over the cemetery’s care, saving it from vandals and vagrants.
Someone had stolen her parents’ marble vase and her nephew’s military bronze star.
Ball, who became historian for the City Cemetery Restoration Committee, helped plant new trees and restore damaged graves, and encouraged field trips for school children.
“It’s hard to get young people interested in old folks and the dead,” Ball told the newspaper. “It rather turns them off.”
Said Lambeth: “Mona was not an old lady. Not at all. She was stylish, coiffed and lovely even till the last few years. As a younger woman, she was movie-star beautiful...She did enjoy life.”
In addition to her daughter and sister Mary, Mona Ball is survived by sister Bertha Gans, of Lake Placid. Funeral services begin at 11:30 a.m. Saturday at Memorial Plan Southern Memorial Park, 15000 W. Dixie Hwy.
Burial follows at the Miami City Cemetery, 1800 NE Second Ave.