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Mabel F. (Faux) Small

Mabel F. (Faux) Small, 89, longtime of Cedar View Road, Ipswich and wife of the late Irving G. Small, died Friday, February 1, 2013 in the Atrium at Veronica Drive in Danvers, following a long illness.

Born in Newark, NJ November 29, 1923 she was the daughter of the late Raymond J. and Florence (Martin) Faux. She was raised in Newark and was a 1941 graduate of the Barringer High School.

After attending secretarial school, she worked for the Newark College of Engineering as secretary to the President, and also as an assistant in the public relations department of the East River Savings Bank in New York, working on promotional campaigns.  In addition to her professional life, she was a life-long musician, studying voice and opera with Donald Gage at the Gage School of Music in New Jersey, performing in recitals with other students and in theatrical performances, as well as with area choral groups and as a paid church soloist.

Married in Short Hills, NJ in 1957 the Smalls made their home on Cedar View Road, Ipswich, where she was active in many town organizations.  Joining the Ipswich Methodist Church, Mabel was active in the life of the church community, teaching Sunday School and singing in the choir.  She and her husband Irving were also members of the Ipswich Historical Society, where she regularly volunteered as a docent in the Whipple House and was part of many 17th Century Day celebrations.  Her continuing love of choral music led her to join the Newburyport Choral Society and sang in concerts with that organization for over thirty years.  She was also one of the original members of the Ipswich Summer Theater and performed in the chorus of that group through many seasons, covering most of the entire Gilbert & Sullivan repertoire. 

Mabel was a talented writer and put her style and professional training to good use assisting many organizations with publicity. For the Ipswich Summer Theatre, she wrote features about mounting a Gilbert & Sullivan production that were printed in the Ipswich Chronicle. As a poet, Mabel enjoyed long walks and translating her observations into poems on nature, seasons, flora and wildlife.

She is survived by a daughter, Diana Snow and her husband Richard of Belmont.  She has two surviving nephews, Kenneth Small of Exeter, RI and Warren Small of Manchester, NH.  She was the step sister of the late David Hutchings formerly of Windham, NH, Joseph Hutchings formerly of Granby, CT, and the late Florence (Hutchings) Watson, formerly of Ft. Myers, FL.

A memorial Service will be held 2:00 pm Sunday, February 17 in the United Methodist Church, North Main Street, Ipswich. Family and friends are respectfully welcomed.   Memorial contributions in lieu of flowers may be made to the United Methodist Church in Ipswich. Arrangements are by the Whittier-Porter Funeral Home of Ipswich.

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