Barbara A. Ball, (Knowles, Wright) 75. RN, BSN, MS, formerly of Pawtucket, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, Sept 16 at the Philip Hulitar Inpatient Center surrounded by her loving family.
Born in 1939 to George and Marion (Kopp) Knowles, of Brookline, MA. Barbara was the eldest of ten children spending most of their life in Medfield, MA.
A graduate of Sturdy Memorial Hospital School of nursing, Barbara followed her life’s calling as a nurse, clinical nurse manager, and nursing instructor for over 30 yrs., most of them at Pawtucket Memorial Hospital. She was most proud of furthering her own education at Salve Regina University, pioneering a project to replace the “old” Cottage St. School in Pawtucket with a new safe building, named Curvin McCabe, and most importantly, as a member of a small group called Thanatology Associates, was instrumental in bringing Hospice Care into RI. She was charitable, dedicated, full of compassion and driven to advocate for many causes in her career and her community.
A parent, role model, and best friend to her daughter, Diane Wright of Warwick, RI and her husband, Richard Solgot Jr., beloved son in law, with whom she lived the last 4 years, she leaves a proud legacy of civic, political and cultural experiences and a lifetime of loving memories. She is also survived by grandchildren and a great grandson.
Barbara was predeceased by her husband Michael A Ball, Ptlm Prov.PD, 1993, originally from Derry, N. Ireland whom she will join in eternity. Predeceased also by her first husband, Walter L Wright in 2010.
Barbara was the eldest of ten children who spent most of their lives in Medfield MA. She is survived by 4 brothers, 3 sisters and their families, Ralph and Joyce Knowles Nobleboro, ME, H. James and Linda Knowles Honolulu, HI, Paul and Theresa Knowles Norfolk MA, Richard Knowles MA, Trish and Rob Lubold Sagamore Beach, MA, Lorraine Knowles-Dauley Blackstone, MA, Janice and Stephen Meagher, Conn. All lovingly referring to one and other by number at times, the family is predeceased by # 3, Marie (Knowles) Gandolfi NH, and #4 George Knowles, Jr. VA. Barbara, being the oldest, enjoyed the fact that her siblings ages spanned decades. She will be missed by her
10 nieces and 6 nephews, especially at the holidays when she would make everyone a hat or scarf. She would lovingly refer to the children
as “the wains”.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Philip Hulitar Hospice Center of RI
A celebration of life memorial service will be held on Sat Sept 27 from 1-3 pm in the Redwood Chapel at Swan Point Cemetery in Prov.
Burial will be private.
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This peaceful place she longed to be
To rest with Mike since “93”
She had a tough road she earned her wings
I say rest a bit now but we’ll need you for things
Thank God for my husband, family and friends, as her trouble progressed
I know my absence was felt
So, together we stressed
Our lives came together as we travelled by her side
A disease from which you want to run and hide
As she slipped away slowly we couldn’t deny
On God’s help we’d have to rely
In spite of it all we’d have it no other way
Inspired by her dignity and grace until the very last day
She’s at peace now it’s a comfort to know
God please fill this hole with her spirit
Show us which way to go
Playing her Irish music we held her close that night
Her back towards me she danced a little jig as she faced the light
It’s a though I felt her spirit head that way
A gift from God to let us know she’s ok
Her skin was now perfect not a wrinkle remained
No signs of stress or any pain she sustained
So hours before we said the Lord’s prayer
We already knew she was in God’s care