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Shirley Jean Noble

Shirley Jean NobleShirley Jean Noble, 57, of Lincoln, NE, and formerly of Carrollton, passed away peacefully Feb. 6, 2012, of esophageal cancer.

Born in Canton, she was the daughter of Dale Noble of Carrollton and the late Nellie Noble.

She graduated from Carrollton High School in 1973 and received a bachelor's degree in Medical Technology and a master's degree in Allied Health from The Ohio State University, where she met her husband.

For the past 19 years, she was an instructor in the medical laboratory technology program at Southeast Community College in Lincoln, NE.  Her great joys in life were her two children, her family and friends, and her students and colleagues.  She loved serving her professional community in the state chapter of the American Society for Clinical Laboratory Science, serving the schools her children attended and serving people through her church. 

She enjoyed gardening, decorating, horse shows, state fairs and holidays, especially Christmas.  She was a cheerful, capable, industrious, gentle and compassionate soul who brought understanding, comfort and happiness to many and whose presence will be greatly missed. 

She is survived by her husband, A. Dwayne Ball of Lincoln, NE, with whom she celebrated 31 years of marriage; two children, Allen Dale Ball of Seattle, WA, and Amanda Ball Brady of Manhattan, KS; her father, Dale Noble of Carrollton; two sisters, Susan Noble (John) Ledford of Carrollton, and Linda Noble (Edward) Macklin of Columbus; a son-in-law, Chad Brady; aunts and uncles, Mary Ann and Al Stockum of Columbus, Dorothy and Ed McLean of Amsterdam, Doris Brown of Ft. Myers, FL, and Mattie Noble of Alliance; and many brothers- and sisters-in-law, cousins, nieces, nephews and other loving relatives.

She was preceded in death by her mother, Nellie Noble of Carrollton, in 2011.

A burial of the urn containing her ashes is anticipated in mid-March at Westview Cemetery.  The family expresses deep appreciation to the many relatives, colleagues and friends who gave her joy throughout her too-short life, who gave her opportunities to be of service to others and who helped in her final illness.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to The Arthritis Foundation.

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