Jean Corn Boswell

December 29, 2012 • Obituaries


Services are scheduled for Jean Corn Boswell on Thursday, Jan. 3, 2013. Family burial services, conducted by the Rev. Stephen Deutsch of Dexter, will be followed by an 11 a.m., memorial service at First Presbyterian Church of Roswell with the Rev. Dr. Hugh Burroughs officiating. Jean passed away Friday, Dec. 28, 2012, surrounded by her loving family. Ballard Funeral Home and Crematory is in charge of arrangements.

Jean was a second-generation native of Roswell and a member of an early pioneer ranching and farming family. Born Sept. 7, 1927, she spent her early years on the Dexter Corn farm, the Martin V. Corn Jr. Ranch on Pine Lodge and Roswell. A graduate of Roswell High, Jean attended the University of Oklahoma and the University of New Mexico, where she was affiliated with Chi Omega sorority. Jean married Thornton (Thorny) Boswell Aug.12, 1947, starting their family life in Dexter on the E.O. Moore farm. The family later moved to Roswell, where Thorny was associated with Diamond A Land and Cattle Co.

Mrs. Boswell was an elder in the Presbyterian Church and played in the handbell choir. She spent many hours volunteering as a flower show judge, mother adviser and state executive board member for the Order of Rainbow for Girls and as charter member and president of the Eastern New Mexico Medical Center Auxiliary. Jean also served on the ENMMC Board of Trustees and the ENMMC Foundation for many years. She was elected worthy grand matron of the Order of the Eastern Star in New Mexico.

Jean was a past president of Chapter K, P.E.O. of Roswell and served as state president in 1983-1984. In 1993, Jean was installed as president of the International Chapter of the P.E.O. Sisterhood after serving on many levels of the international philanthropic organization for women. In this capacity she was involved on the board of Cottey College and received an honorary doctorate from Iowa Wesleyan University. Her tenure on the International Board afforded her the opportunity to travel all over the continental United States, Alaska, Hawaii and Canada to visit chapters, often accompanied by Thorny. Other affiliations included Roswell Reading Club, Olivet Study Club and National Association of Parliamentarians. Through all her contacts, Jean had a knack for remembering all by name and gave each person her own personal interest and attention.

The Boswells enjoyed time at their family cabin and Alto retreat, where Jean spent many hours photographing the flora and fauna. With more than 100 box turtles in the backyard, Jean was Roswell’s turtle authority. Her love of animals had her adopting everything from hawks, to ring-tailed cats, to skunks. She leaves behind her beloved Westie Andy.

Jean was predeceased by her parents Earl S. Corn and Elda Morton Corn; husband T.H. Boswell III; in-laws Thornton Boswell Jr. and Mildred Martin Boswell; and brother and sister-in-law Marty and Jo Boswell. Survivors include son Jim Boswell and wife Janet, of Dexter; and daughter Debbie and husband Bill Cooper, of Roswell. Grandchildren surviving are Jimmy Boswell and wife Sarah, Justin Boswell and wife Christin, Jeff Cooper and wife Katie, Casey Cooper and partner Karah Williams, Celia Cook and husband Casey, and Jennifer Gonzalez and husband Carlos. Great-grandchildren who loved their Granny and Ging Ging are Jack, Kate, Luke and Jordynn Boswell; Jacob, Aiden, and Eli Cooper; Emily and Ella Cook; and Hannah, Maggie and Cooper Gonzalez. Jean is also survived by her sister Catherine Corn Annala and husband Dr. Ron Annala. Nephews are Mickey Boswell and Carol, Tim Boswell and Terry, Danny Boswell and Lana, Eric Annala, Scott Annala and Alicia. Jean’s nieces are Becky Boswell, Joyce and Kendall and Gretchen Annala Bedeaux and Brett. Jean’s legacy of strong family ties will sustain the family and bond them for the future as they honor her memory.

Honorary pallbearers are Dr. Ron Annala, Bob Longwill, Jim Bruin, Sonny Stockton, Ted Schrimsher, Fred Schrimsher, John Lackey, Buzz Johnson, Ronald Mayer, Bill Squire, Tim Jennings and Babe Butts.

Memorials may be made to the Jean Boswell PEO Foundation Scholarship c/o Sherry Kochan NMSC PEO treasurer, 900 W. Wildy, Roswell, NM 88203; Community Kitchen, or a charity of one’s choosing.

The family wishes to acknowledge the kind and compassionate care given Jean and her family by Dr. Margaret Denton, Dr. Robert Rader, Dr. Hamid Feroz and the nursing staffs and caregivers at Lovelace Regional Hospital and Mission Arch Care and Rehabilitation Center.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Ballard Funeral Home and Crematory. An online registry can be accessed at

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