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Moira Elizabeth McLaughlin


Moira Elizabeth McLaughlin, 93, formerly of Meadow View Lane, Ipswich, passed away at the Beverly Hospital on April 26, 2021 after a prolonged illness. She was the wife of the late Dr. John C. McLaughlin formerly of Newton.

Born in Lynn on September 9, 1927 she was the daughter of the late Andrew M. and Bessie S. (Breakie) Nixon of Swampscott.  Moira was raised in Swampscott, a graduate of public schools.  In high school Moira was a gifted student who participated in school sports. She presented the Valedictorian speech to her graduating class. During these years she frequently attended the Boston Symphony which continued into her later years. Following graduation she attended Pierce Secretarial School in Boston. With the completion of her studies she went on to work with the Greater Boston Community Fund, which merged through time to be known as United Community Services. She later joined the staff at Division of Health, Hospitals and Medical Care. In 1958, she traveled to Tokyo to attend the organization’s annual conference then traveled on to Hong Kong, Philippines, Thailand, Burma, India, Pakistan and Greece. In 1959, she went on to a career as a confidential secretary for the Commissioner of Public Health. In 1962, she was named secretary to the Public Health Council, the policy making body of the department.  Moira was among the first recipients to receive a Meritorious Service Citation from the Department of Public Health. In 1969, she accompanied a delegation from Boston to Geneva, Switzerland to discuss plans for the World Health Assembly which was to be held in Boston with the one hundredth anniversary of the Massachusetts Department of Public Health. Following Moira’s retirement in 1989, she moved from Newton to Ipswich to be closer to family. She and her late sister Isobel, who had retired from the Town of Ipswich, built a new home in Ipswich where they both resided.

Moira, known to her family as “Auntie Moi,” had a strong love of Opera, pencil sketching, for which she was extremely talented, and gardening in her free time. She was an accomplished cook and loved to prepare family meals. The type of person to always be willing to volunteer her time to the betterment of all, Moira was a steady volunteer at the Ascension Memorial Church where up until 2018 she assisted with book-keeping and assorted tasks. She also was a very active member of the Ipswich Garden Club, Ipswich Information Center, Friends of the Ipswich Public Library, The Ipswich Museum and volunteered in assisting with town voting.  Moira loved the local beaches, but most of all loved her family and friends. Her gracious presence and quick wit along with her snarky sense of humor with be extremely missed.

She is survived by two stepsons, John McLaughlin and his wife Lisa of CT, Peter McLaughlin and his wife Didi of TX, a niece, Sarah Coulombe of Ipswich, two nephews, Adam Coulombe and his wife Rosemary of Salisbury and Bruce Coulombe and his wife Diane of NY. She was the sister of the late Isobel Coulombe formerly of Ipswich.

Her funeral service at the Ascension Memorial Church will be held at a date and time to be announced.  Arrangements are under the direction of the Whittier-Porter Funeral Home of Ipswich. Memorial contributions in her memory may be made to the Friends of the Ipswich Public Library, Box 157, Ipswich, MA 01938, or the Ipswich Humane Group, Box 873, Ipswich, MA 01938.


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