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Somber Easter service after church member killed in crash

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SARASOTA (FOX 13) - There is an empty seat behind the organ at Truvine Missionary Baptist Church and many hearts ache for their loss.

"She had an angel like quality about her," said Rev. Gregory Harris.

It is the first Easter service the organ has sat quiet without Eleanor Ball.

"She was charitable, hospitable not to sound trite, but to know her was to love," said Rev. Harris.

By all accounts a model citizen who died during a tragic encounter with an accused criminal.

Police say Jakeliah Weeks was on the run from police and crashed her car into ball's home.                                                                                                                                                       

Rev. Gregory Harris got the call an hour after the crash.

"I closed my eyes hoping that it was a nightmare and that it would go away," he said.

Ball grew up in Sarasota and in this church.

She spent a life time mentoring kids, helping her church grow and supporting all who needed help.

"She never seemed to get exhausted she worked endlessly day and night," said Rev. Harris.

She never once complained or looked for recognition.

"She is my hero. She is the kind of person that we should all aspire to be," said Dr. Lisa Merritt.

Doctor Lisa Merritt met Ball several years ago and joined her crusade in helping bring health care education to Sarasota.

"Her true commitment was to help people learn how best to help themselves," said Dr.Merritt.

They worked together, forming cancer support groups, summer health camps for kids and used Ball's 30 years experience as a nutritionist to educate others.

"She planted many seeds," said Dr.Merritt.

While their loss is painful they know Ball's guidance will never be lost.

"She was here with us her presence is here and will continue to be here. That is the beauty of love when you share love its eternal it just keeps going," she said.

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