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Nanci Jean (Robishaw) Desmond

Nanci Jean (Robishaw) Desmond, 66, of Ipswich, loving wife of Neil Desmond, died peacefully at home on December 22, 2012 from the complications of diabetes.

Born in Ipswich February 7, 1946, she was the daughter of the late Everett and Florence (Rochon) Robishaw. She was educated in Ipswich grammar schools and graduated from both the Essex Agricultural Homemaking School as well as the Essex Agricultural High School in Hathorne.

For many years she was employed as a veterinary technician for the late Dr Cornelius Thibault of Ipswich. She enjoyed ceramics, arts and crafts painting, gardening, raising Golden Retriever and Norfolk Terrier puppies, and hitching “The Grey” to her favorite carriage and driving through Willowdale State Forest.

In addition to her husband of thirty-six years, she is survived by three sons, Everett Brooks and his wife Tracy of St Augustine, FL, Marine Master Sergeant Andrew Desmond and his wife Brooke of Surf City, NC, and James Desmond and his wife Kim of St Augustine, FL, and grandchildren Shannon and Casey Brooks, and Brennan, Katherine and Liam Desmond. She is also survived by her sisters, Annette Poirier and her husband Donald of Georgetown and Roseanne Burke of Broken Arrow, OK, her uncle Art Minor of Ohio, and many loving cousins, nieces and nephews. She was the former wife of Richard Brooks of Essex.

At Nanci’s request, there will be no funeral services. Arrangements by the Whittier-Porter Funeral Home of Ipswich. Those who wish may make memorial contributions in her name to the Ipswich Humane Group, Box 873, Ipswich, MA 01938 or to the Hospice of the North Shore and Greater Boston, 75 Sylvan Street, Suite B-102, Danvers, MA 01923.

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