Nancy Ball–staying young by staying involved

Many people move to western Colorado to get a knew start. Nancy Ball spent her entire life in southern California and in 1970 “burnt out, needing and wanting a change,” she moved to Montrose. If you know her it won’t be a surprise that she made this move not knowing anyone and without a job.

Living off a bonus from her last job, in her first year, “I skied, and explored and had the best year of my life.I climbed Mt. Sneffels twice.” But then she realized as fun as it all been, she’d better get a job.

She says she chose Montrose because there were no shopping malls and no parking meters. “I’d lived in southern California and had enough traffic.”

Montrose had the surroundings, the mountains and the people.

In those 40 years, Ball, who is 80, became a Realtor in 1992 and married Norm Ball in 1997. Thanks to Jim Renfrow, she exclaimed. Renfrow was another Realtor in the office who had a client coming in that weekend. He couldn’t keep the appointment and asked Nancy if she would take care of it. She and Norman Ball have been married 22 years now. “Much to the surprise of my two sisters and two daughters,” After retiring in 1999, the newlyweds explored the United States and Canada, partly on a touring motorcycle and partly on an off-road. They also visited New Zealand and Hawaii.”We had a wonderful time,” she said.She and her husband work out four days a week.

She has been a member of the League of Women Voters ,about 50 members including eight men. for 12 years and writes their monthly newsletter.”I feel so good about the organization being non-partisan and that it strives to inform and empower voters. “So I interview the new members. They come from all over and I’m amazed at the talent that these women have and how they end up here.”

In 2008 she became a Montrose County election judge and still serves in that capacity.

Ball has these closing words: “Don’t be afraid  to make changes in your life. Montrose has been very good to me. You never know what lies ahead.



About the author

Mavis Bennett

Mavis Bennett

A western Colorado resident for most of her life, Mavis Bennett is the publisher of the Montrose Monitor. She has written for newspapers and magazines more than three decades and founded the popular Monitor Magazine in 2003. This web site is the logical progression for the Monitor.