In 1979, the Ethel Mertz actress was renting Paige Peterson's mother's house in Marin County as she battled bone and breast cancer. "We had brought Viv down and she was lying on the couch in the living room," recalls Peterson. "They ate lunch and they talked and talked. Viv knew she was dying." Peterson remembers Ball's face being in pain after the meet. "She was in tears. She couldn't speak," she says. Days later, Vance died at age 70.