Kathryn Ann (Patton) Ball
passed on to be with the angels she loved so much on November 11th 2022. Kathryn was born in Shelby NC on November 4th, 1942 to the late William Robert Patton Jr and Edith (Anthony) Patton. She was a dedicated wife, mother, grandmother, and great grandmother throughout her life. Kathryn was preceded in death by her late husband, Robert Preston Ball (Corky), and sister Sally Robinette (Patton). She is survived by her sister Robin Digregorio (Al), her three children Leigh Anne Cutlip (Bill), Cheryl Lynne Aeberli (Dick), and Robert Patton Ball. Three granddaughters (Heather, Rachel, and Katie), three grandsons (Robbie, Richie, and Logan), and fourteen great-grandchildren.
Kathryn grew up in Erwin, TN and graduated from Unicoi County High school in 1960. While growing up she was an accomplished dancer and singer. Singing was a gift that she would carry on for many years. Kathryn moved to WV with her two young daughters in 1967 as a single hard-working mother, where she eventually met and married her late husband Corky, and had a son. For most of her life, Kathryn was an active member of the Order of the Eastern Star, which is a Masonic-related fraternal organization of women and men dedicated to charity, truth, and loving-kindness. She devoted herself to helping others all through her life, both as a dedicated nurse and donating her spare time to help in many charitable events and organizations through the years. Kathryn’s love of her dogs was evident to all who knew her. They were her family and she was as devoted to them as she was with anything. Appropriately, two of her beloved dogs were named, “Angel.”
Kathryn was a nurse for over four decades. First at McMillan hospital and then the bulk of her career at Thomas Memorial Hospital. She worked as an LPN for several years before deciding to go back to school at the age of 44 to become an RN, where she graduated at the top of her class with honors, at St Mary’s School of Nursing. Kathryn’s devotion to her profession was evident to everyone that knew her. Especially to her patients and their families, whom she treated as if they were part of her family while under her care. Her children always knew that you don’t call mom at work unless it was a true emergency, because that was time one of her patients may need her help.
A memorial service will be held for Kathryn on Wednesday, November 23rd at New Heights Church in Milton WV. Visitation will begin at 11:00am, with the service starting at Noon.
In lieu of flowers the family has requested donations be made to The American Cancer Society or Putnam County Animal Shelter.