MAUD V. WICKHAM
Maud Victoria Ball was born in Watford, Hertfordshire, England, on March 19, 1923, the fourth child of Charles Ball and Maude Bateman Ball. She passed away May 1, 2015 at Bartels Community in Waverly at 92 years of age. She was baptized at St. Mathew's Church, Church of England, in Watford and educated at Victoria Girls' School.
Maud was sixteen years old when World War II broke out in 1939. She and her family spent the six years of war living in the shadows of London. Life was blackouts, air raids, evacuations, food rationing, and sleeping in the underground air raid shelter at the top of the garden. During the war, Maud cared for her nephew, Charles Williams, who survives her.
Maud met US Army Sgt Clarence Wickham stationed at an army base two miles from her home. Maud and Clarence were married December 27, 1943, in St. Mathew's Church. Clarence served in Europe and when the war ended in 1945, he returned to Hardin County, Iowa, and was joined by Maud who arrived in New York aboard the SS Washington on April 19, 1946.
The family moved to Plainfield in 1955 and Waverly in 1956 when Clarence joined the Waverly Police Department. He became Chief of Police in 1962 and retired in 1977. He was elected Mayor of Waverly in 1978 and served for three terms. Clarence and Maud were active members of the community for many years.
Maud was proud of her English heritage and maintained her citizenship. She loved classical music, opera, theatre, the ballet, flowers, embroidery, a nightly glass of sherry and searching charity shops for English china and ornaments which she enjoyed giving to her friends and people she met along the way. She enjoyed a simple life and took great pride in her home. She maintained close contact with her family in England and the English war brides she met in Iowa who frequently gathered for tea.
Maud is survived by her daughter, Victoria Wickham, and her partner, James R. Lacey, Jr. of Norwalk, Iowa. Her brother, John Ball and his wife, Barbara, and sister, Phyllis Inskip survive in England. She was preceded in death by her husband in 1995, her father and mother, sisters Gladys Williams and Pamela Pease, brother Charles Ball and brothers-in--law, Charles Williams, Charles Pease and John Inskip. She is also survived by nieces, nephews and cousins in England, Canada and the United States, including niece Virginia Westacott, Pavilion, New York, and her special friend, Sheila Brunkhorst.
Visitation is from 4-7 p.m. on Monday, May 4, at Kaiser-Corson Funeral Home in Waverly. A memorial service will be held on Tuesday, May 5, at 11 a.m., at St. Andrew Episcopal Church in Waverly. Maud's wishes were to be cremated. Her ashes will be divided and buried in Harlington Cemetery in Waverly and scattered in a park near her family home in Watford.
Donations in her memory may be made to St. Andrew's Church or the Bartels Community, where she was lovingly cared for, or to any organization of the donor's choice.
The Soldier, by Rupert Brooke
IF I should die, think only this of me;
That there's some corner of a foreign field
That is forever England. There shall be
In that rich earth a richer dust concealed;
A dust whom England bore, shaped, made aware, 5
Gave, once, her flowers to love, her ways to roam,
A body of England's breathing English air,
Washed by the rivers, blest by suns of home.
And think, this heart, all evil shed away,
A pulse in the eternal mind, no less 10
Gives somewhere back the thoughts by England given;
Her sights and sounds; dreams happy as her day;
And laughter, learnt of friends; and gentleness,
In hearts at peace, under an English heaven.