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Jeanne M. (Sheppard) Ball

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.

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