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Joan L. (Mulhausen) Terry

Joan Louise Terry, 80, of Ipswich, died peacefully under Hospice care, April 16, 2011, surrounded by family at her loving daughterís home in Salem, after a brief illness.

Born in Brooklyn, NY on April 20, 1930 the daughter of William and Erna (Linke) Muhlhausen, the family moved to Far Rockaway, NY where Joan enjoyed a happy childhood. Married to Fredrick L. Terry in 1951, they were the parents of three daughters. In the late 1950ís, they moved to Minoa, NY where they bought their first home. In 1964 they moved to Marblehead, and in 1999 retired to Ipswich.

Joan and Fred were active members of St. Stephenís United Methodist Church where they sang in the choir, helped guide the Youth Fellowship Group and participated in many church fairs, dinners and fund raisers. They loved dancing with the Riverside Squares and began Harbor Town Teens, a square dancing club that Marblehead youths enjoyed for many of years. Together they opened their home to others in need of support and friendship. They enjoyed being a host family to exchange students from Sweden, Germany, and the Netherlands, and welcomed guests from the Menís Choir of Cornwall, England, and Inner City children from Boston. In Ipswich, they joined the First Church and continued their love of music as members of the choir. They were active on many boards and continually supported the churchís endeavors. In retirement Joan and Fred developed many friendships through their involvement as members and officers of NARFE of the North Shore.

Throughout her life Joan worked in retail, real estate and enjoyed her association with the Abbott Public Library and the Ipswich Public Library, where she was able to promote her love of reading. She enjoyed classical music and had a great appreciation for quilting and colorful artworks. She was a caring and supportive friend and mother, she was full of creative ideas and advice to share. She will be deeply missed.

Joan is survived by her beloved husband of sixty years, Fredrick, their daughters, Ellen Terry of Marblehead, Susan and her husband David Warner of Ipswich, and Lisa Sinatra of Salem. She leaves a cherished grandson, William Sinatra and his wife Akane of Marblehead. She was the devoted sister of Betty Kent Lautner of Marblehead, loving aunt of Joseph Lautner and his wife Lauren of Marblehead and Kristin Bradley and her husband Stephen of Sturbridge. Her great-nephews Wilson, Jed, and Rudy Lautner of Marblehead, along with her great niece and nephew, Olivia and Owen Bradley of Sturbridge, all brought her much joy.

Memorial services will be held at the First Church in Ipswich on Sunday, May 22 at 3pm. Friends and family are respectfully invited.  A memorial service will also be held at St. Stephens United Methodist Church in Marblehead at a future date. Arrangements are under the direction of the Whittier-Porter Funeral Home of Ipswich.

Memorial contributions in her name may be made to The First Church, Pipe Organ Fund, 1 Meetinghouse Green, Ipswich, MA 01938, or to The Friends of The Ipswich Public Library, Box 157, Ipswich or The Ipswich Council on Aging, 25 Green Street, Ipswich.

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