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Helen Marguerite “Peggy” Burr

Helen Marguerite “Peggy” Burr, 88, longtime resident of High Street, Ipswich, died Saturday, June 25, 2011 of natural causes in Beverly Hospital. She was the wife of the late Eugene Burr.

Born September 30, 1922 in Cambridge, daughter of the late Herbert D. and Ruth (Bockius) Miller, she grew up in Maine and New Hampshire where she attended the University of New Hampshire in Durham and the Mackintosh Business College in Dover, NH. 

A natural athlete, she excelled in swimming and ice skating at an early age.  In high school she participated in team sports, particularly tennis and basketball, and all her life she followed and was a loyal fan of the Boston Celtics. 

Peggy was well known in Ipswich, where she volunteered at the Red House and was a docent at the Crane mansion.  For several years she served as an election poll supervisor for the Town of Ipswich. 

Always impeccably dressed, she had an innate sense of style, both in her dress and in decorating her home.  She bought the Stone Rust House, built in 1750, at 57 High Street which she furnished with her collection of early American antiques and transformed the neglected grounds into a handsome New England garden. 

Her career in retail sales included women’s apparel boutiques where her ability to help customers choose what best became them was tested when a sister living overseas in many different countries asked for her help in selecting clothing suitable for a diplomatic lifestyle.  Each item she selected always fitted perfectly and caused her sister to be considered “best dressed woman” at several American diplomatic posts. 

She is survived by her devoted companion of sixteen years, Lawrence Berry, a veteran World War II marine, with whom she enjoyed some of the best years of her life.

She is also survived by a son, Roger Blake Judkins II and his wife Sharon of Maryville, Tennessee, a daughter, Susan Judkins Darbee of Folsom, California, two grandchildren, Blake Decker of Plano, Texas and Kaari Stannard of Albany, New York, four great-grandchildren, four nieces and a nephew.  A second son, Jeffrey Dwight Judkins, predeceased her.  She also leaves two sisters, Ann Miller Morin of Charlotte, North Carolina, and Nancy Miller Axell of Lacey, Washington.

A private graveside service will be held later this summer at the family lot in Durham, NH.

Family and friends are respectfully welcomed to a memorial reception at 1:00 pm Saturday, July 23 at The Hart House Restaurant, 51 Linebrook Road, Ipswich.

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

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