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Elizabeth R. (Ross) Atherley


Elizabeth R. (Ross) Atherley, 96, wife of the late Robert W. Atherley, died in the Caldwell Skilled Nursing and Rehab Center on May 29, 2010 following her long illness.

Born in Beverly September 9, 1913, the daughter of the late Herbert W. and Bessie (Foss) Ross, she was a graduate of Beverly public schools. Married in 1932, the Atherleys made their home and raised their family on High Street in Ipswich. For many years she was employed as a bookkeeper at her husbandís Bobís Esso gas and service station, formerly in Ipswich. She enjoyed home gardening, cooking for her family and friends, bird watching, antique collecting and sewing and their camp on Great Neck in Ipswich. She was an avid boater, and in her later years loved spending time with her husband fishing and boating at their cottage in Erroll, NH. ďWhoo-WhooĒ as she was known to all, was a gentle and loving grandmother and will be greatly missed.

She is survived by her grandchildren, Deborah Somers Carter of NH, Karen Somers of Lowell, Cynthia Murrey of CO, Steven Somers of Ipswich and Mary Beth Somers of NH; great-grandchildren Lindsay Wilcox of SC, Katherine Murray of CO, Alex Somers of Ipswich and Max Somers of Ipswich; great-great grandson Wyatt Carter Wilcox of SC; sisters Jenney Cronin of South Hamilton and Helen Hulbert of Ipswich. She is also survived by a son-in-law, Peter Somers of NH and several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by an infant son, Thomas Atherly, a daughter, Janice Somers, formerly of Ipswich, sisters Bertha Smith, formerly of Ipswich and Bessie Wood of NH, and brother Howard Ross, formerly of CA.

Her funeral service will be held Saturday June 19, 11 am graveside in the Cowles Memorial Cemetery, Ipswich. Family and friends are respectfully welcomed. Arrangements by the Whittier-Porter Funeral Home of Ipswich.

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