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
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
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.
arrangements are under the direction of the Whittier-Porter Funeral
Home of Ipswich.
contributions in her name may be made to The Arc of Massachusetts,
217 South Street, Waltham, MA 02453-2710