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Jeannine Potter Ballance

March 1, 1932 ~ February 11, 2022 (age 89)


Jeannine P. Ballance
March 1, 1932 – February 11, 2022

Jeannine Potter Ballance, 18 days shy of reaching 90 years old of Fairfield, died February 11, 2022, at her home. 

Born March 1, 1932, she was the daughter of the late Seth Ceymore Potter and Gaybell Marie Franks.  She was married to Clen Labin Ballance, who preceded her in death. After their marriage in 1948, Jean made her home “down the lake”. 

She was smart and a hard worker, whether replacing a motor in her washing machine, helping her husband fix a tractor, cooking collards and venison hash, covering furniture, making curtains or working for an insurance company, doing taxes for neighbors, or as a US Census Interviewer covering the beach, Ocracoke and eastern NC in the 1960’s and 1970’s. After quitting high school at age 16 to get married and start a family, she obtained her high school diploma from Mattamuskeet High School in 1972, the same year that her 3rd son graduated.  Her family, both the Potter side and Ballance side were most important to her. 

Funeral services will be held at a later date in the spring of 2022.  Burial will be in the family plot in the Fairfield cemetery at that time. 

Surviving are four sons:  Clen “Ashley” Ballance; “Kirby” Randall Ballance and wife Angela; Edmond “Keith” Ballance; all of Fairfield, and Mark “Kevin” Ballance and wife Julie of Columbia, SC.  Four grandchildren: Randall Ballance of Fairfield; Cameron B. Tuomi and husband Mikko of Dallas, TX; Kelsey B. Padgett and husband Zane of Houston, TX; Matthew B. Ballance of Fort Collins, CO; and two great-grandchildren; Labin Ballance and Katherine (Kate) M. Tuomi; Two sisters; Sandra P. Bryan of Springfield, VA and Sharon P. Spencer (Graham) of Fairfield; brothers-in-law Gene T. Ballance and Allan W. Ballance, sister-in-law Joyce B. Jones, all of Fairfield, Lowell Griffith of Florida and 18 nieces and 15 nephews. 

In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by a brother, Garnet Eric “Buddy” Potter, and five sisters, Norma Caroline Ballance, Phyllis Gaynell Simmons, Arlene Yvonne Griffith, Lorraine Marie Yates, and Azalea Velere Mitchell, in-laws Betty Rose Potter, Audrey Ballance, Ben Simmons, Arthur Bryan, Robert Yates, Donnie Mitchell, Kirk Ballance, Ruth B. & Lindsey Sadler, Cora B. & Guy Best, Joyce M. Ballance, Tommy Jones, one niece, and two nephews. 

The family will receive relatives and friends at the 450 North Lake Road, Fairfield, Saturday afternoon 2 pm - 4 pm on February 19, 2022. 

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the NC Center for the Blind or the local Veteran’s Affairs office. 

Arrangements are by Bryan Funeral Service, Swan Quarter.

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