Ethel Ball Sheehan

December 12, 1916 - October 25, 2012
Ethel Ball Sheehan

WILMINGTON – Ethel Ball Sheehan, 95, of Wilmington passed away peacefully October 25, 2012 at The Lower Cape Fear Hospice Life Center.

She was born December 12, 1916, in New Bern, NC, and was the daughter of John and Mary Gilbert Ball.

Mrs. Sheehan worked as a federal employee in Washington, DC, during World War II. After the war, she moved with her husband to Wilmington, NC where she was a devoted mother and homemaker.

She was a member of St Mark Catholic Church and for many years volunteered her time and creativity designing floral arrangements to beautify the church and sanctuary. In conjunction with her floral design expertise she incorporated her passion for cooking and organization and became a noted and sought after caterer.

Mrs. Sheehan loved to entertain, not only for her family but for many of her friends. She made her home warm and welcome by adding her own custom designed draperies and shared that business with others. Her yard and garden is an exquisite show piece, her pride and joy and loved sharing it with everyone.

Mrs. Sheehan is survived by her husband of 69 years, John Sheehan, Sr. of the home; son, Michael (Mike) Sheehan and wife Lynda of Wilmington; granddaughter Jennifer Glickman and husband Jamie of Chapel Hill, NC; grandson Tyler Davis and wife Nitzi of New York, NY; daughter-in-law Carrie Sheehan Worthington and husband Steve of Garden City, SC. Mrs. Sheehan was predeceased by a son John (Jack) Sheehan, Jr.

A graveside service will be held Thursday, November 1, at 2:00 p.m. at Greenlawn Memorial Park in Wilmington.

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Wilmington Funeral and Cremation, 1535 S. 41st Street Wilmington, NC 28403 910.791.9099


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  • October 29, 2012
    Laura andDee says:
    Dee just sent the notice to me from Wyoming. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and wish we could be there to comfort you in your loss. Know that she is at peace now and out of pain and suffering.She was an extremely talented lady whose legacy will live on forever. With sympathy, Dee and Laura (Everett [Dee] Davis and Laura Pratt)

  • October 28, 2012
    Ed And Marlene Kearney says:
    We will always remember Ethel as a kind,gracious and hospitable lady. A true southern belle who loved life. Rest in peace Ms. Ethel.

  • October 28, 2012
    Nancy Alderman says:
    We met only once last Thanksgiving at Lynda and Mikes but you made such an impression on us. We so enjoyed meeting you and your husband John. You were such a lively and lovely lady!

  • October 28, 2012
    Johnny and Jo Etta Goff says:
    Mrs. Ethel Sheehan was a great person and we did not personally know her but we felt like we did because of the nice things we have heard from Steve and Carrie Worthington. Sounds like she was a great person and a very creative person. Love to all of the family, Johnny and Jo Etta Goff

  • October 30, 2012
    Clara Hodges says:
    My sincere condolences to the family. I remember so many beautiful floral arrangements Ethel prepared for church services, weddings, and many occasions. She was a very talented person and was always willing to share tips on cooking, flower arranging--a woman of true faith also.