Annette I. “Nan”
George passed away quietly at her Ipswich home Friday evening,
September 3, 2010 after a long bout with cancer. She was 75.
Born in East
Providence, Rhode Island on September 6, 1934 she was the daughter
of late Milton H. and Harriet (Viall) Irons. She was a graduate of
Providence Classical High Class of 1951, and Colby College in
Waterville, ME, Class of 1955 where she was a member of Chi Omega.
She married her husband Bill George shortly after graduation and in
July they celebrated fifty-five years of marriage. They have spent
their entire married life in Ipswich. Nan was an elected School
Committee member in the early 1970’s, as well as the first Director
of Youth Services for the town of Ipswich, having played an
instrumental role in the creation of the first “Drop In Center” a
popular and successful program for teenagers in town. In addition
she was active in many community activities including Brownie Girl
Scouts, League of Women Voters.
In recent years she
and her husband enjoyed spending time at their home in Citrus Hills
in Florida. A devoted wife and mother, she enjoyed spending time
with her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She was an
expert seamstress, accomplished knitter, and enjoyed collecting
In addition to her
husband former Ipswich selectman William E. (Bill) George she is
survived by her three daughters, Linda George Grimes of Newburyport,
Deborah S. Henry and her husband Timothy, and Judith A. Tucker, all
of Ipswich. She was the much-loved grandmother of Jennifer R.
(Grimes) Quigley and her husband Michael of Stoneham, Josiah G.
Grimes and his wife Cori of Wakefield, Michael G. Henry of
Newburyport, Thomas Q. Henry of Ipswich, Christyna A. Tucker of
Beverly and Myriah T. Tucker of Gloucester. She also adored her
three great-grandchildren who brought much joy to her.
She also leaves a
brother, William V. Irons of Rumford, RI and a sister Evelyn I. Bain
of Cranston, RI. She was the loving aunt to many nieces and nephews
and numerous cousins.
Visiting hours are
Thursday September 9, 4 to 8 pm in the Whittier-Porter Funeral Home,
6 High Street, Ipswich, Family and friends are respectfully
welcomed. Interment in the Highland Cemetery, Ipswich will be
private. Memorial contributions in her name may be made to a charity
of one’s choice.