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Extraordinary community members receive prestigious award

Posted on Tuesday, November 27, 2018 at 3:01 pm

As part of a statewide Community Builders Award Program launched about three decades ago by the Masons, two extraordinary women were saluted on Tuesday evening, Nov. 20, by Westmoreland Lodge 212 A.F. & A.M.
Audrey L. Ball and Brenda Sudduth Lewis, both Westmoreland County natives, shared a delicious dinner with family and friends at the Kinsale Lodge.
A respectful acknowledgment of their service to our community was offered by Worshipful Master Lennie Levin, M.D.
During his work at the Haynesville Correctional Center, Dr. Levin has observed firsthand Ball and Lewis’s medical expertise and their whole-hearted dedication to their neighbors of all ages, in all walks of life.
He said the women’s focus parallels the Masons’ own emphasis on high moral values, good citizenship, God-fearing patriotism, fellowship, and giving back to their community through a network of service and healing.
“They leave their world a better place and have made all our lives richer,” Levin noted, wishing Lewis and Ball “the blessings of health, success, peace and joy you so richly deserve. Your actions will make a lasting impression toward good and right.”
Levin shared details of the women’s lives before award presentations from Past Grand Master Bernard Dungan for the Masons, and from Delegate Margaret Ransone and Chris Jones. (The latter was standing in for Congressman Rob Wittman, who was in Afghanistan.)
Audrey Ball graduated from W&L High School in 1984 and earned her Chemistry degree from Howard University in 1989. She is employed by Riverside Tappahannock Hospital and is a Registered Diagnostic Cardiac Sonographer.
Married to Warren R. Ball since 1990 and the mother of five (Jalen and Cameron Ball, Myshawn Coates, and Darrell and Jermaine Ball), this lifelong member of Potomac Baptist Church will celebrate her 53rd birthday in January.
Her list of past and present civic and community service includes:
Nursing Ministry and Children’s Church Teacher; Westmoreland County Volunteer Rescue Squad EMT and Junior Rescue Squad Advisor; Westmoreland Community Center Secretary; Parent Advisor Future Problem Solvers of Westmoreland; Treasurer James Farmer Scholars; Committee Member Boy Scout Troop 252; Den Mother and Treasurer Cub Scout Pack 207; Charter Vice-President Optimist Club of Westmoreland; Tri-County Medical Corporation.
Brenda Sudduth Lewis excelled so thoroughly in her schoolwork that she graduated two years early from W&L High School.
She went on to become one of the youngest-ever nursing students at Rappahannock Community College, where she is still remembered fondly by Nursing Instructor Catherine Courtney, who was in attendance at Tuesday night’s session to praise Brenda’s career of service in the field. Courtney, who founded RCC’s nursing program and led it for 34 years, also expressed gratitude to the Masons of Lodge 212 for the nursing scholarship they have funded for a quarter of a century.
Brenda and her husband Tommy have two children, Shannon and Samantha, and three grandchildren.
Brenda worked as a Registered Nurse at MFA Warsaw Nursing Home, becoming their nursing supervisor within two years due to her proven expertise in geriatric nursing.
After Haynesville Correctional Center opened and she was employed there, she went on to become a recognized statewide specialist in forensic nursing, which calls upon different skills than geriatrics.

For the full article pick up a copy of this weeks Northern Neck News 11/28/18

Community Builders Award Winners Brenda Sudduth Lewis (left) and Audrey L. Ball (right) flank Del. Margaret Ransone.