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JEAN BALL Obituary (2022) – Santa Fe, NM

Jean Ann Egenhofer Ball, born June 6, 1940, in Santa Fe, NM, passed from this life to be with the Lord on July 24th, 2022. Surrounded by her loving family, she passed in comfort and with dignity according to her wishes. Jean graduated from Santa Fe High School in 1958 and the University of Colorado School of Nursing in 1962. She dedicated her life to the lives of others. Jean worked as a nurse at the Colorado Psychopathic Hospital for a short period before devoting herself full time to her family and community volunteer service.
Jean took seriously her commitment to First Presbyterian Church (FPC) in Santa Fe. She was baptized in 1940 and confirmed her baptism as a teenager in 1952 by becoming an active member. She participated in the FPC Brownie and Girl Scout Troops with many of her church friends. Jean and Ron were married there in 1962. Her involvement with the Presbyterian Women of the church was a large portion of her life. She served in several capacities and followed in her mother’s footsteps as leader of Circle 3. Jean also served as Treasurer for Santa Fe and the New Mexico Presbyterian Women. Jean was the heart of the Alternative Christmas Market mission for many years. In 2006 she became a part of the History Committee, helping to research and preserve the official records of the church.
Jean was proud to serve on the Sangre de Cristo Girl Scout Council, serving all Northern New Mexico and part of Southern Colorado. She served in various capacities including President of the Council for six years. Under her leadership, the organization served more girls than ever before, raised more money, and expanded into new geographic areas. She had a deep commitment and passion for helping girls develop their leadership skills. Her dedication was recognized with the presentation of the Thanks Badge, the highest award presented to adults in the Girl Scout Movement.
In 1976 Jean was initiated into PEO International, a philanthropic organization dedicated to the advancement of women through the support of their educational goals. Over the years, Jean nominated many new members into PEO Three generations of her family were members. Jean led and served PEO Chapter-AF New Mexico in many roles, including serving as president during three different decades. Jean enriched Chapter-AF by connecting with other chapters in Santa Fe and serving as a delegate to many state and international conventions. She was a sister, friend, advisor, and mentor to the chapter.
Her commitment to her family and her community was unmatched. Her wonderful laugh and positive outlook on life will be greatly missed by everyone she loved and served. She was preceded in death by her parents, Dr. Albert William and Ruth Keil Egenhofer of Santa Fe. She is survived by her husband of sixty years Ron Ball, her three children and their spouses Tim and Mary Ann Ball of Elizabeth, CO, Susan and Andy Ortiz of Santa Fe, and Chris and Amy Ball of Chapin, SC, eight grandchildren, Jessica , Justin (Leah), Ryan, Steven, Matthew, Andy, Nicholas, and Brian, five great-grandchildren, and two sisters Nancy Even of Santa Fe and Kay Lamon of Alameda, CA.
A service will be held on Friday, August 26th, 2022, at 11:00am; First Presbyterian Church, 208 Grant Ave., Santa Fe, NM.
In lieu of flowers, gifts in memory of Jean Ball to benefit scholarships for women may be directed to:
PEO Chapter AF Scholarships
c/o Jean Ball
223 North Guadalupe Street #244
Santa Fe, NM 87501

Published by Santa Fe New Mexican from Aug. 13 to Aug. 26, 2022.

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