Jean S. (Schalck) Kimball, 95, of Bridgewater and formerly of Tiverton, RI and Mexico, Missouri died peacefully May 18, 2019 in the comfort of her family.
Jean was born on June 18,1923 in Chicago, Illinois and was the loving daughter of the late Edward and Viola (Lange) Schalck. She was the wife of the late Ernest E. Kimball. She was preceded in death by her sister, Marguerite Glenny of Rockford, IL. Her childhood was molded by the depression sweeping the country, and she learned at an early age the value of hard work, perseverance, and the value of education. She was in the first graduating class of Rockford West High School and would continue her education at Coe College in Cedar Rapids, Iowa .
During the war, she began working for the US Army in Oak Ridge, TN. It was an exciting time to be employed in Oak Ridge as it was the home of the Manhattan Project, aka race for the atomic bomb to end WWII. While there, she met a charming engineer named Ernest. The two courted for a short period before marrying on June 16, 1946. After the war, Ernest worked in as Plant Engineer for Firestone and later Kayser. The family moved often as his work brought them from Oak Ridge, TN to Newton, MA; Pittsfield, MA; and Buenos Aires, Argentina. He was later transferred to Tiverton, RI where the children graduated from high school. He was again later transferred to Mexico, MO where Jean and Ernie lived for 30 years.
Jean loved being a homemaker but later worked as a clerk in the insurance business. She loved gardening, painting, playing bridge with her friends, doing crossword puzzles, jigsaw puzzles, reading and traveling. She loved her geneology work, researched the Kimball and Schalck families and had her work published in the geneology society. She traveled throughout the country and France to meet family she found through her geneology research and made lasting friendships with those cousins. She was living on her own until 90, was independent and could often be found in her garden. She enjoyed birdwatching, (especially hummingbirds) and was a longtime member of the Red Hat Society.
Jean was the loving mother of Dane E. Kimball and his wife Beverly of Bridgewater; Lange E. Kimball and his wife Corbett of TX; and Mark E. Kimball of TX. She was Grammie to Susan and her husband John Cameron of Rehoboth; Steven and his wife Cynthia Kimball of Springfield; Scott and his wife Anna Kimball of Raynham; Chanel Kimball of TX, Robert Kimball of Utah and Great Gramma Jean to Jillian Kimball of TX; Jocelyn, Johnny and Jace Cameron; Emmalyn and Kaylee Kimball; and Nicole and Danny Kimball all of MA and is also survived by many cousins, nieces and nephews.
A graveside service will be held at the Elkins Cemetery, Elkins, NH at a later date (please check back periodically for updates).
In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to Amedisys Foundation; 182 North Main Street; Fall River, MA 02720; or St. Thomas Church, 111 High Street; Taunton, MA 02780 in memory of Jean Kimball.