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Joan Clifton Walsh

Joan Clifton Walsh, 84, long time resident of Boxford, died Saturday February 9, 2013 in the Seaview Retreat in Rowley following her extended illness.

Born in Cambridge February 20, 1928, she was the daughter of the late William and Ella May (Gillis) Walsh. She was a graduate of Topsfield High School and the Forsyth Dental Institute where she graduated in 1948.  Joan was employed as the dental hygienist at Philips Academy in Andover for over forty years, and also worked at the Crane Beach Store at the Crane Memorial Reservation in Ipswich for over forty years, retiring as the assistant manager in 2003. She was a member of the Baha’i Faith and traveled to many Baha’i sites including the North American Baha’i House of Worship in Wilmette, Illinois. A kind and happy person who was fun to be with, throughout her life she shared her sense of humor with everyone she met. She loved to travel around the New England states and enjoyed lunches at the Mount Washington Hotel and the Balsams Resort in Dixville Notch, NH.  She had also traveled to California and Florida.

Joan leaves many good friends in Ipswich including her long time friend and companion for many years Bill Cruikshank, as well as Bob Chambers, Anna Marini, Jane Hinkley and the Hinkley family and many others, also many good friends in Boxford and around the country. She is also survived a brother, William Walsh of Atkinson, NH and many nieces and nephews.  Joan was predeceased by two sisters, Natalie Curtis of West Boxford and Marjorie Walsh of Boxford.

Her funeral service will be held Thursday February 14 at 11am in the Whittier-Porter Funeral Home, 6 High Street, Ipswich, followed by interment in the Southside Cemetery, Ipswich. Family and friends are respectfully welcomed. Visitation will precede the service from 10 to 11 am.

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