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Until recently, Yolie Ball, 86 and her husband Donald, 82, were anonymous residents at the Windmill Village adult community in Davenport, Florida. But that all changed when Yolie’s daughter, Sandra Ball, persuaded her mother to pose in photos of her mobile home that's hitting the market. Thanks to social media, the photos are now going viral.
“I personally like to see know that people were happy in a house,” says Sandra. So when shooting photos for her mother's listed home, Sandra photographed her mom reading a magazine in front of the kitchen, having a drink in the sunroom, peeking around a living room doorway and generally being adorable.
Sandra posted the photos to Facebook in the hopes friends might spread the word. Instead, they caught the eye of Yolie's 15-year-old granddaughter Makenzie, who posted the pictures to Twitter.
After nearly 30,000 retweets, the deluge of attention is surprising the whole family — especially Yolie.
“I was flabbergasted. Especially after my granddaughter called and said ‘Grandma, I have something to tell you. It could be good or it could be bad,’” Yolie said laughing. “It’s been a lot of fun. My friends are calling me a celebrity and a queen.”
The one call she hasn’t received yet: an offer on her home. Her real estate agent Laurie Babjak told TODAY.com that she hasn’t received even a nibble on the $54,500 listing, despite the owner’s popularity.
“It surprises me terribly,” said Babjak, and frankly, Yolie and her husband could really use a bite. After more than 12 years living in the Windmill Village community, the aging couple is eager to relocate to Knoxville, Florida, where their other daughter lives.
“We do love it here but the time has come to be closer to family," Yolie said. "We have a nice home here, so with all the attention hopefully someone will come along and buy it and be as happy as we’ve been and have their fun.”