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Nancy E. (Brackett) Howard

Nancy E. (Brackett) Howard, 86, of Beechwood Road, Ipswich, wife of the late William E. Howard, the  past President of Omega Labs, passed away Monday, June 1, 2015 in the Residence at Riverbend Assisted Living following her brief illness.

Born in Beverly December 1, 1928, she was the daughter of the late Philips and Florence (Hays) Brackett. Nancy was raised in Hamilton,  schooled by nuns when  in grammar school, and was a graduate of Hamilton High School and Endicott Junior College.  Married in 1951, the Howards made their home briefly in Hamilton then on Argilla Road, Ipswich where they raised their family.

She loved horses, encouraging her children to ride, and enjoyed boating with her family, and most of all foreign travel. She and her best friend Terry Peatfield of Ipswich visited over thirty countries together.  Her favorites were Italy and Switzerland, to which they returned many times. Nancy also loved cribbage and puzzles. 

She was a devout Catholic and  was a fifty year member of  Our Lady of Hope Church in Ipswich.  

She is survived by her two daughters Jennifer H. Phillips and her husband Jonathan of Ipswich, and Lisa E. Guertner of Essex; a son William E. Howard III and his partner Michael Laughlin of Aiken, SC, and three adored grandchildren, Jackson Phillips, Jessica LeBeau and Jeremy Guertner. She was the sister late Charles P. Brackett formerly of OH.

Her funeral service will be held 1:00 pm Thursday June 4 in the Whittier-Porter Funeral Home, 6 High Street, Ipswich followed by interment in the Hamilton Cemetery, Hamilton. Family and friends are cordially welcomed. There will be no visiting hours. Memorial contributions in her memory may be made to the Ipswich Humane Society, P.O. Box 873, Ipswich, MA 01938.


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