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
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
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
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
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
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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