Frances Rebecca (Lambert)
Elwell, 94, longtime of
Martin Street, Essex,
and wife of the late Gilman B. Elwell , died Thursday May 6, 2010 in
her home following a brief illness.
Born in Bradford April 5,
1916, the only child of the late Scott G. and Rebecca H. (Andrews)
Lambert, she was a graduate of the former
High School in Essex, attended
was a graduate of Beverly Hospital School of Nursing. Married 1941
in the First Congregational Church of Essex, the Elwells settled on
John Wise Avenue where they raised their
family, moving to
Martin Street in 1976. For twenty of these
years she was employed as a registered nurse at the former Cable
Hospital in Ipswich and following its closure she went to work at
the Coburn Charitable Home in Ipswich until her retirement.
Mrs. Elwell was a lifetime
member of the First Congregational Church of Essex where she served
as a deaconess and was a member of the church’s Madam Varney Guild.
She was an avid reader,
bridge player, and enjoyed crossword puzzles, Scrabble, knitting and
cooking for her family.
She is survived by a son,
Charles Elwell of South Deerfield; a daughter Rebecca W. Axlerod,
companion of the late Stephen Morris of
NY; two grandchildren, Abigail R.
Gloucester and Rachel
B. Simpson and her husband Larry of Marblehead, and three great
grandchildren, Benjamin, Lyda and Frances Simpson.
Her funeral will be held
Tuesday, May 11, 11 am in the First Congregational Church of Essex
followed by internment in the
Essex. Family and friends are
respectfully welcomed. Visiting hours are Monday 4 to 8 pm in the
Whittier-Porter Funeral Home,
6 High Street,
Ipswich. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions in her
name may be made to any of the following: First Congregational
Church of Essex, 39 Main Street, Essex, MA 01929; Cape Ann Animal
Aid, 260 Main Street, Gloucester, MA 01930 or Peabody Essex Museum,
Salem, MA 01970.