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Eleanor (Philpotts) Brown

Eleanor (Philpotts) Brown, 87, of Colonial Drive, Ipswich, died Thursday, December 11, 2014 in the Beverly Hospital.  

Born in St. John, New Brunswick April 25, 1927 she was the daughter of the late  Rev. Archibald G. and Catherine E. (Lane) Philpotts of Malvern, England. She grew up in St. John, and spent many summers in Fairfield, New Brunswick where she met J. Royce Brown.  She and Royce were married on July 27, 1946 at the “Stone Church” in St. John.  Her brother Gordon assisted in the ceremony and her Dad, now an Army Captain, was home to give the bride away.  The reception was held at the York Hotel on King Street in St. John. 

The couple honeymooned in Ottawa then settled in Mystic, Connecticut, where Royce grew up.  In 1948, they moved to Chicago as Royce attended the DeVry Institute.  Eleanor worked as a personal shopper in Von Lengerke & Antoine, which later became Abercrombie and Fitch.  Many of her customers were movie stars. After eighteen months, they returned home to Mystic, and built their first house while Royce attended Mitchell College.  In 1954, they sold the house and moved (with their black cocker spaniel, Rags) to Kingston, RI as Royce attended URI. Eleanor worked in the Campus Bookstore in the Student Union while Royce attended classes They met many of their longtime friends while living in a mobile home with other student families. 

After Royce’s  graduation in 1957, they moved to Burlington.  Garth arrived in December, 1959 and Anne in March, 1960.  In September of 1962, the family packed their bags for a three year tour in Kwajalein, Marshall Islands, in the South Pacific, as Royce, an engineer working for MIT Lincoln Labs, was sent to work on a Department of Defense project.  Eleanor described those years as some of the greatest of her life.  She met many of her closest and dearest friends while there.

 After a brief stint back in Burlington, the family packed up again and moved to Billings, Montana for a year.  Finally back to Burlington where she cultivated many long-lasting friendships.  After raising  her family for nineteen years, she went back to work at Raytheon as an administrative assistant for a Divisional Head in the Missile Systems Division.  She retired in 1993 and a year later moved to Ipswich, where she lived until her death.  She loved living in Ipswich as she was near her son and his family and, of course, the ocean, which she loved.  She quickly developed a great many new friends in her new Bayside Village neighborhood. She treasured her friends, and especially her four grandchildren.  She created many “Nana Memories”, and we are all grateful now for each and every one.

 She leaves her son, Garth Evans Brown and his wife Mary Beth of Ipswich; her beloved grandchildren Sarah, Matthew, Samantha and Joshua;  a sister  Margaret (Philpotts) Chess of London, Ontario and  many nieces, nephews and close friends. She also is survived by her former husband, J. Royce Brown of Ipswich and Punta Gorda, Florida.

She was the sister of the late Rev. Canon Gordon Philpotts, Rector of St. Paul’s Anglican Church of Halifax, Nova Scotia and Laurie Evan Philpotts of Ottawa, Ontario.

Her funeral service will be held 11 am Friday, December 19, in the Ascension Memorial Church, 31 County Street, Ipswich followed by interment in the Cowles Memorial Cemetery, Ipswich. Family and friends are respectfully welcomed. Visiting hours are Thursday 4 to 7 pm.

In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy may be made in her memory to Autism Speaks at autismspeaks.org  or the Ipswich Humane Group at www.ipswichhumanegroup.org or PO Box 873, Ipswich, MA, 01938.


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