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Marie Louise “ML” Sibley Scudder

Marie Louise “ML” Sibley Scudder, 83, died peacefully in her Argilla Road home on Monday January 3, 2022.  She and her husband, David, lived in Ipswich for over sixty years where he continues to reside, and lived part time on Beacon Hill, Boston where she was a member of the Chilton Club. After meeting in college, they were married at Ascension Church in Ipswich in 1958 with their reception at the Crane Estate at Castle Hill.

ML and David shared many interests, particularly reading, classical music and travelling.  Within the last ten years, they had travelled to Italy, South Africa, Jordan, and Scotland amongst other destinations.   Their love for music meant they constantly attended performances at the Boston Symphony Orchestra, the New England Conservatory, and the Boston Lyric Opera, and regularly travelled to New York to see plays and the opera. An avid reader, ML was a constant presence at the Ipswich Library where she served as member of the Board of Trustees.  Her love for reading started early in her life and her interests covered novels, mystery, biographies and keeping up with current events through hard copy newspapers.  She attended the Westover School and then Radcliffe College from which she graduated in 1959. ML had a long career in education, teaching nursery and kindergarten students for over thirty years.  She co-founded the Ascension Memorial Church nursery school in 1964 and then taught at the St. John’s Episcopal Church nursery school for three years.  She received a master’s degree in Early Childhood Education from Tufts University in 1969 and taught kindergarten at the Brookwood School in Manchester for over twenty years.  Ever the educator, for many years after, she was a substitute teacher and piano instructor.  ML also loved to play tennis and walk on Crane Beach. She was a devoted member of the Ipswich community.  Along with her support of the Library, her interest in education led her to serve as a School Committee member for two terms, and she chaired the Committee for a portion of that time.

She spent summers in Ipswich when she was young and participated in many of the Argilla Road resident events throughout her life such as playing the piano for the weekly summer Hymn sings and the annual “Carol Sing,” and playing in the Crane Cup mixed doubles tennis tournament which she proudly won five times.  She was proud of her alma mater, Radcliffe College, and served as her alumnae class president for many years.  ML was known for her quick wit and no-nonsense New England manners.

In addition to her husband David, she is survived by two daughters, Claire Cieri and her husband Michael  of Eugene, OR, and Deirdre Martin and her husband Peter of Medfield; a son, Andrew Scudder and his wife Elizabeth Finan of Seattle, WA, and two grandchildren, Tyler Martin and Hannah Martin, both of Boston.

A memorial funeral service will be held at a future date and time. Arrangements are under the direction of the Whittier-Porter Funeral Home of Ipswich. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions in her name may kindly be made to the Friends of the Ipswich Public Library, Box 157, Ipswich, MA 01938 or Radcliffe College, 10 Garden Street, Cambridge, MA 02138.  

 

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