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Martha Ann (Peabody) Perry

Martha Ann (Peabody) Perry, 86, longtime resident of  East Street, Topsfield and  wife of the late Harvey Waitt Perry, died Monday, January 13, 2014 in the Putnam Farm Center, Danvers.

Born  in Malden March 10, 1927  she was the  daughter of the late Harold Percival  and Imogene Elizabeth (Warner) Peabody.  She spent her childhood in Lynnfield and graduated from Wakefield High School and the Kathleen Dell Secretarial School in Brookline as a medical secretary. She worked at the Topsfield Post Office for over twenty  years as a window clerk and supervisor. She was later employed for more than ten years as Executive Director of Little Brook  Village in Topsfield.

Martha was an  avid reader,  knitter and  golfer. She was  a  member of the Old Newbury Golf Club where since 1965 she  served in many capacities, including President of the Ladies League. She worked on many committees through the years including co-chairing the booth at the Topsfield Fair back in the 50ís. She was also a  member of the Topsfield-Boxford Community club, New Meadows Garden Club, Friends of the Topsfield Library, The Womenís golf Association of Mass., the United States Golf Association and was a  longtime member of the Congregational Church of Topsfield.

Martha is survived by a son, Scott Perry and his wife Ann of Amesbury; two daughters, Melissa Walsh and her husband Tom Walsh of Ipswich and Suzanne Perry-Bannon and her husband Eric Bannon of Sutton; son-in-law Scott Mayo, husband of her late daughter Cindy Mayo formerly of  Williamsburg; seven  grandchildren, Abigail Bliss, Nathan Perry, Molly Edwards, Sally DeWinkeleer, Seth Reidy, Haley and Anna Bannon; four great grandchildren, Matthew and Julia Edwards, Maisie Bliss and Sable Reidy; many much loved nieces; nephews grandnieces and grandnephews and  her friends and  the wonderful staff at Putnam Farms in Danvers where she has resided for the last two years. She was the sister  of the late  Elizabeth P. Gerry, Robert W. Peabody and Millicent Preston.

Her funeral service will be held  11 am Friday, January 17 in the Topsfield Congregational Church, 9 E. Common St., Topsfield. Family and friends are respectfully welcomed. Visiting hours are Thursday 4 to 8 pm in the Whittier-Porter Funeral Home, 6 High St., Ipswich. A private burial will be held in the Pine Grove Cemetery, Topsfield. Memorial contributions in her name may be made to Care Dimension (formerly Hospice of the North Shore), 75 Sylvan Street, Suite B-102, Danvers, MA 01923.

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