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Evelyn Whipple Medding

Evelyn Whipple Medding, 88, of Appleton Park, wife of the late George Medding, died Saturday June 14, 2008 in her home following her long illness.

Born March 24, 1920 in South Portland, ME, the daughter of the late  James Albert and Fannie (Seavey) Whipple, she was a graduate  of South Portland High and Gray's Portland Business College.  At the start of WWII she worked for the Office of Price Administration in Washington DC., and after training at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore she worked at the Glenn Martin Aircraft Plant as a parts inspector on B-26 bombers. Here she met and formed a life-long relationship with George L. Medding, her husband of sixty years.

Following the War the couple settled briefly in the college town of Buchannon WV, hoping to establish a music business.  When that failed they returned to New England and ultimately bought their home  in Ipswich. Mrs. Medding was directly descended from a branch of the  Whipple family  that settled in Ipswich in 1634.

The couple devoted much time to Boy and Girl Scout activities in Ipswich.  When their son Jimmy was born with Downs Syndrome, they concentrated their efforts in support of the newly organized North Shore Association of Retarded Children.

In later years she worked at temporary assignments in the legal field in Boston, at home transcribing legal papers, depositions, etc.  The financial fruits of these labors was used to satisfy a lifelong yen for travel.  For over 20 years she roamed the world with her husband, daughter, and friends, visiting Europe extensively for extended periods of time, China, Greece, Egypt, and Mexico among her destinations.  She treasured the experiences of other places and loved to recall anecdotes of good times and funny things that went wrong on the road.  And she loved to work in her garden when at home.

Failing health kept her at home in the last years, and she spent much time with audio books, plumbing such subjects as Greek and Roman History, Comparative Religions, Macro Physics, and American Poetry.

She is survived by her daughter, Tiphany DiRollo of Ipswich; two sons, James Medding  of Ipswich and George Medding Jr,  and his wife Susan, of Greenville, SC; a  grandson, Jonathan Medding and his wife Celine Mahieux and  their children, Sarah Elise and Raphael Alexander Medding all of Switzerland.       

Private arrangements are under the direction of the Whittier-Porter Funeral Home of Ipswich.

Memorial contributions in her name may be made to The Arc of Massachusetts, 217 South Street, Waltham, MA  02453-2710


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