Wendy Ballou

November 17, 1980 - February 6, 2024

Location Of Death: Boise, ID United States

Celebrating Life

Wendy (Sproul) Ballou, age 43, passed away on Tuesday February 6, 2024 at St. Alphonsus Hospital in Boise, Idaho. Wendy was born in John Day, Oregon to James T. and Carlyn Jo Sproul. Growing up, she was known for her outgoing personality, her gift to talk to anybody about anything, and her caretaking nature. Wendy never knew a stranger, and always believed in the best of people. She was an amazing friend and deeply treasured by many as someone they could talk to about anything. She was fiercely independent and from a very young age she charted her own path – nobody could stop her. As a younger sister in a family of six children, Wendy was fearless and always held her own. She loved each of her siblings dearly and had a desire to be a part of everything she could, whether that be spending time emulating the older boys and girls growing up, chatting with everyone at family get togethers, or always being willing to plan an itinerary of activities so everyone could be involved. Wendy loved her family, and always made a point to attend family events, many times leaving her work in the wee hours of the morning after working a night shift to spend time with family. Wendy’s most important role in her life was that as a mother. She worked hard to provide opportunities for her children to experience the world, even if that meant waking up at the crack of dawn to be the first one at the theme park and staying until it closed, ensuring the best experience possible. She had an adventurous spirit, with unreal energy, and loved to stay busy. She always made sure that her children were involved with all family activities to maintain a close relationship. Wendy only knew how to put her whole heart into everything she did, demonstrating her very generous spirit. She took great pride in being a nurse of over 20 years, a role she was born to serve. Even in her personal life, Wendy thrived when she was taking care of others. During Wendy’s college years, while balancing coursework and living with her older brother, she made time to help the youth in their church. She always had a special connection with kids and was dearly loved by all of her nephews and nieces. They all loved spending time with “Aunt Wendy” and her family as she always was one to think about the kids and had fun ideas at holidays and family events to make sure everyone had a good time. “Aunt Wendy” was always up for an adventure. Wendy is preceded in death by her husband (Nick Ballou), father (Jim Sproul), and both paternal and maternal grandparents. She is survived and dearly missed by her children (Andrew Ballou, Chance Ballou, Tekya Ballou, Dakota Ballou, Caden Ballou), her mother (Carlyn Jo (Sproul) Waters), Step-father Doug Waters, three sisters, two brothers, a stepsister, nine nieces and nephews, one great niece and great nephew, as well as countless aunts, uncles, and cousins. A memorial service will be held at Prairie Baptist Church (238 N McHaley St. Prairie City, OR) on Friday, February 16th at 11:00am, with a small reception immediately following. In lieu of flowers, a memorial fund has been set up for Wendy’s children, Caden and Dakota Ballou. Memorial contributions can be made to the Wendy Sproul Ballou Memorial Fund set up under Carlyn Jo Waters account at the Old West Federal Credit Union. Obituary courtesy of Driskill’s Memorial Chapel.

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