Nancy Waterson Ball, of Clayton, NY and most recently Newark, NY, passed away on the evening of Friday September 15, 2017 in Newark under the care of family and Hospice. Nancy was born the daughter of Frederick and Beatrice (Carr) Countryman on May 10, 1936 in Watertown, NY. She was a 1954 graduate of Watertown High School and also attended Broome and Jefferson Community Colleges.
On June 29, 1958 she married George L. Waterson at the Clayton United Methodist Church with the Rev. Russell Little officiating. They were lovingly married just over 50 years when George passed away from cancer in 2008.
She began her career as a medical secretary then continued on to work for Westinghouse, Sears, and the 1,000 Island Bridge Authority. She was the Assistant Administrator of EJ Noble Alex Bay. She worked at the House of the Good Samaritan/Samaritan Medical Center in Human Resources and then the Samaritan Keep Home as both the Volunteer and Education Coordinators. She retired as the Volunteer Coordinator at the Hospice of Jefferson County.
When she wasn't working, she spent her time giving of herself to her family, community and church. Nancy spent winters as a traveling hockey mom for her sons' games while George coached in the US and Canada. The summers were spent with George and her boys competing as the "Waterson & Co" boat racing team, traveling the US and Canada. Nancy became a certified scorer with the American Power Boat Association (APBA) as well as the Canadian Boating Federation (CBF). Nancy enjoyed hunting white tailed deer and water fowl with her husband George. She was also a member of the Clayton Fire Dept Ladies Auxiliary and served in Cubs Scouts.
Nancy was the Jr Choir Director at both the Omar United Methodist Church and the Harpursville United Methodist Church. She also served at the First Baptist Church of the 1,000 Islands as the Choir Director, member of the Deaconate Committee, and Pastoral Relations Committee. She dedicated her life to ministry.
Nancy was blessed with a gifted voice. She chose to turn down a full scholarship at Crane School of Music in Potsdam, NY, to stay home and care for her younger siblings while her mother attended Seminary. Her talent took her singing all over the world. She has performed in concerts as well as singing our National Anthem at many sporting and other events in the US and Canada. She would sing duets with her good friend Helen Ingerson upon request, as well as impromptu concerts with Hellie. As a member of the Northern Choral Society, she had an amazing opportunity to sing and tour throughout Wales and London, England.
Besides her family, she lived her life for the Glory of God. Nancy touched so many people in her everyday life. She spread the Word of God with her voice, as a Sunday School Teacher as well as preaching in both the American Baptist Churches and the United Methodist Churches.
Nancy is survived by, her 2nd husband Ora Ball, who she married in November 2014. Also, her son Russ (Annette) Waterson of Clayton, NY and Brooksville FL. Six grandchildren, F. Jay(Dominique) Waterson, LaFargeville NY, Joseph Waterson and Amy Waterson both of Clayton NY/ Brooksville FL. In addition, Matthew Waterson, FL. Seth Scott, Watertown, NY and Meghan Waterson, Ft Meyers, FL. As well as two great granddaughters. Her brother, Dennis Countryman, Kingston, NY, a sister, Rev. Jane (Clark) Wagner of Harrisville, NY and many cousins, nieces and nephews.
Nancy was preceded in death by her husband of 50 years, George Waterson, her son Jeffrey Waterson, her mother Rev. Beatrice (Carr) Clark, her Pop, Vernon Clark, a sister, Patricia Countryman and brother, Rev. Joseph Clark.
Remembering and Celebrating the Life of Nancy will be on Friday September 22, 2017 at 11am at the River Community Church in Clayton, N.Y. with Rev. Alson Taylor and Rev. Russ Waterson. Placement in her final resting place will be private with family.