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Clare P. (Goddard) Herron

Clare P. (Goddard) Herron, 76, wife of Thomas J. Herron of Linebrook Road, died Tuesday, December 19, 2017 in the Beverly Hospital following her sudden illness.

Born in PhiladelphiaPA December 29, 1940, she was the  daughter and the only child of the late Charles and Clare (Curley) Goddard. Clare was a 1962 graduate of West Chester University of Pennsylvania. For twenty-five years she taught at the Pine Grove Elementary School in Rowley. Clare’s concern and love for animals compelled her to start the Ipswich Humane Group thirty-five years ago. She remained president for thirty-two years which lead to the adoption of many fortunate animals. Her love of animals was second only to that of her children and family. Friendship was a strong influence Clare’s life as she joined the same group of Sip & Sew ladies for over thirty-five years every Thursday night. Clare was a talented seamstress and quilter. In addition to making her children’s clothes, she was known for the beautiful quilts she created for both family and friends.

In addition to her husband Tom of fifty-three years she is survived by a daughter, Maire C. Herron of Jackson, WY; two sons, Thomas C. Herron and his wife Suzanne of Ipswich, Matthew D. Herron and his wife Lindley of Jackson, WY and  two grandchildren, Thomas and Hannah Herron both of Ipswich.

Visiting hours will be 4 to 7pm Friday in the Whittier-Porter Funeral Home, 6 High Street, Ipswich with a memorial service to follow at 11 am on Friday December 29 in the First Church in Ipswich, Meetinghouse Green, Ipswich. Family and friends are respectfully welcomed. Her interment in the Cowles Memorial Cemetery will be private. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions in her name may be made to the Ipswich Humane Group, Box 873, Ipswich, MA 01938.


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