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Mary Elizabeth (Field) Fosdick

Mary Elizabeth (Field) Fosdick, 83, of Tansey Lane, Ipswich died Monday April 27, 2020 in the Masconomet Health Care Center, Topsfield following a battle with the Covid-19 virus. She was the wife of Howard J. Fosdick.

Born April 24, 1937 in Bangor, Maine, she was the daughter of the late Elgin E. and Evelyn (Joy) Field. After graduating from Bangor High School in 1955, she went to Boston, where she began studying at Tufts University and graduated from The Forsyth School for Dental Hygienists in 1957. She practiced Dental Hygiene for twelve years.

Mrs. Fosdick was also a classical pianist. She was the accompanist for the Winthrop School chorus and the Whipple Jr. High School chorus.  She played the piano for Classical Ballet Classes at the Ipswich Moving Company for five years.  Since 1982, she was the pianist for the Ascension Nursery School in Ipswich, which was her favorite occupation.  Since 1990 she has been a photographer, capturing scenes of Ipswich.  In 1994 her photograph, “Ice Shingles” won first prize in the Annual Ipswich Art Show.

A resident of Ipswich since 1963, she was a twenty year member of the Ipswich League of Women Voters from 1964 to 1984. During that time she was also a member of the Ipswich Garden Club.  She served for thirteen years on the Ipswich Zoning Board of Appeals. She has been a member of the Ascension Memorial Church since 1999 and a was a Vestry Member from 2001 to 2003.

In addition to her husband of husband of fifty-eight years, she leaves two children, a son, Jonathan E. Fosdick and his wife, Maribel, of Malden, a daughter, Joy E. (Fosdick) Chuba and her husband, James, of Orlando, FL, and two grandsons, Samuel T. Fosdick and William J. Fosdick of Malden.

The family wishes to thank staff of the Masconomet Health Care Center, Topsfield for their professional and compassionate care.

Her funeral services will be held at a later date. Arrangements by the Whittier-Porter Funeral Home of Ipswich. Memorial contributions may be made to the Ascension Memorial Church, 31 County Street, Ipswich, MA 01938.

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