Jean Proctor was called home by our Lord on Saturday, October 14, 2017. Born Jean Halsall on June 23, 1925, in Haydock, St. Helens, Lancashire County, England, to Horace and Sarah Ann Isabella Halsall, Jean was 92 years old at the time of her passing.
An accomplished pianist, Jean won merits at the London College of Music at the age of 16 and has entertained and inspired countless family and friends with her piano playing over the years.
Jean worked as Weaver, producing materials for the construction of the Royal Air Force Spitfire fighter plane during World War 2. It was during this time that she met and married the love of her life, Calvin Odell Proctor, a Sergeant with the United States Army 101st Airborne Division.
After marrying, Jean moved to the United States of America with Odell, where they raised their children and she continued her legacy of altruism.
While Jean's accomplishments were innumerable, one that she was most proud of was attaining her United States Citizenship in the summer of 1988. Jean enjoyed 20 years of shaping young minds as a Teacher's Aide in the Ruidoso Municipal Schools, a career she thoroughly enjoyed and retired from in May of 1993.
Jean was a Past President of the Benevolent Patriotic Order of D.O.E.S Drove #152, where she also served as both the State and National Supreme Musician. She served as a Pink Lady for the Lincoln County Medical Center Auxiliary for over 12 years, where she amassed over 7,600 hours of volunteer time. She loved knitting and handmade hundreds of knit caps for newborns at LCMC. Jean was the recipient of the LCMC Auxiliary Volunteer of the Year Award in 2012. She also served on the City of Ruidoso Downs Beautification Committee.
Jean is preceded in death by her son Larry W. Bell of Wasilla, Alaska: her Husband, Calvin Odell Proctor, of Ruidoso Downs, and her Sister, Iris "Rit" Mercier of Wichita Falls, Texas. She is survived by her Sister, Brenda "Nick" Storrow, of England, and her children, Terence L. Proctor and Linda Proctor of Ruidoso Downs; Brenda Frost and Tony Determan of Ruidoso Downs; Richard H. Proctor and Kimberly Proctor of Moore, Oklahoma; and Jonas W. Proctor and Sara Proctor of Alto, NM. Jean is also survived by 18 Grand Children, 28 Great-Grandchildren and 1 Great-Great Grandchild, along with many Nephews and Nieces and Great Nephews and Nieces, many of whom still reside in England.
A celebration of Jean's life will be held at the First Christian Church in Ruidoso, NM, located at 1211 Hull Rd. on Thursday, October 19, 2017, at 3:00 pm. After which, Jean will be interred at the Memorial Garden at the First Christian Church.
In honor of Jean's love of, and dedication to, the Lincoln County Medical Center, the family asks that, in lieu flowers or other recognitions, donations be made in Jean's name to either, LCMC Auxiliary at PO Box 7744, Ruidoso, NM 88355 or the LCMC Foundation Building Fund at 211 Sudderth Dr. Ruidoso, NM