Jeanne M. (Sheppard) Ball, 77, wife of George S. Ball, Jr. of
Ipswich, died Friday, January 15, 2010 in her Ipswich home
following a sudden illness.
Born in Ipswich February 21, 1932, daughter of the late Roland E.
and Hilda B. (Comeau) Sheppard, she was a lifelong Ipswich resident,
graduating in 1950 from Ipswich High School. Married in 1953, Jeanne
and George built and made their home on Linebrook Road, where
together they raised their family. For many years she was employed
by the Sylvania company, formerly of Ipswich, and as a cashier at
the former Cape Ann Market in Ipswich.For the past nine years Jeanne
has worked in the cafeteria at the Doyon School, Ipswich. Jeanne
enjoyed reading, cooking, challenging jigsaw puzzles and crossword
puzzles. She was an avid knitter, often donating items to the
Ipswich Council on Aging.. She enjoyed listening to music,
especially country music, and above all she was a loyal and
enthusiastic Patriots fan.
In addition to her husband of fifty-six years she is survived by a
son, Eric J. Ball and his partner Theresa Desmond of Newburyport; a
daughter, Kathleen Atkinson and her husband Reagh of Newbury; her
grandson, Colby E. Atkinson of Newbury; a brother, Norman F.
Sheppard of Ipswich; two sisters, Maureen J. Rice of Ipswich and
Betty A. Welch of Waterboro, ME, and many nieces and nephews to whom
she was their beloved Aunt Jeanne. She was the sister of the late
Roland F. Sheppard and Clarence W. Sheppard both formerly of
Ipswich. Jeanne is also survived by her furry grandson
Murphy. Jeanne was a loving and caring wife, mother, grandmother,
sister, daughter, aunt and friend to many. Her true and gentle
spirit always shined; we will miss her forever.
Her funeral service will be held at the First Church in Ipswich,
Saturday, January 30, 2010 at 12:30 pm.
Family and friends are respectfully welcomed. In lieu of flowers,
memorial contributions in her name may be made to the Shriners Burn
Institute, 51 Blossom St., Boston, MA 02114. Arrangements are under
the direction of the Whittier-Porter Funeral home of Ipswich.