For many years she actually shared a room there with her sister. Then in 1967, at age 92, Ada died. She's buried in Oak Lawn Cemetery in Baltimore, next to her second husband.
"We're very happy to have had Mrs. Balls as a resident," Heimiller said. "Her being here has had a lasting effect on us."
That's evident in the exhibit, and also in the chapel, where "Nearer My God to Three" won't be heard at services this weekend.
"We still don't play it in the chapel," Heimiller said.
Even 45 years after her death, and 100 years after the sinking of the Titanic, the words of a survivor still stand.
As Ada said in the 1963 interview, "I can't bear to hear it any more."
Displaying Titanic history
The Maryland Masons' exhibit commemorating the 100th anniversary of the Titanic disaster is free, and open to the general public, Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5:45 p.m.
The Masons have a number of artifacts on display such as photos, postcards and items found in Oscar Woody's pockets when his body was recovered from the sea — including a pocketknife, corroded by the sea and decorated with Masonic symbols, postal "facing slips," and other items. They have been left to the Maryland Masons by his late wife, Leelia Woody.
There aren't artifacts directly from Ada Balls-Perine. But the lodge has assembled information about her, and also has on display several photos and items depicting what life would have been like on the Titanic for a second-class passenger — from a fork made by the White Star Line for its cruise ships of that era to specially-made, intricate floor tiles that would have been seen on the passenger deck.
The display also includes a section of ornate wooden frieze panel from Titanic's sister ship, Olympic, that would have been similar to the wall decorations in the Titanic.
In addition to the exhibit, on Sunday at 6 p.m., the lodge will host a lecture by Dr. Robert Neyland, head of underwater archaeology for theU.S. Navy, who will discuss the War of 1812 ship, the USS Scorpion. That lecture is $10 at the door, and a reception ($55) will be held at 5 p.m.
For more details, or to reserve for the reception, call 410-527-0600.