Susan I. Howard Boice, 71, of
Topsfield Road, Ipswich, passed away at the Kaplan Family
Hospice on July 16, 2013. Sue was born in Essex and was a
lifetime resident of Ipswich. Sue loved life and she loved
Ipswich. Sue was driven to raise issues that will positively
affected Ipswich for generations to come. She provoked respect
for Ipswich’s heritage and was innovative in tirelessly pursuing
Sue was a talented oil painter,
photographer, and writer. Sue spent a number of years as a
columnist for the Ipswich Chronicle newspaper, and wrote a
column called “Historic Ipswich”---this evolved into her series
of books called “Historic Ipswich,” which include many old
pictures of the town. When video cameras and public TV became
popular, Sue filmed Ipswich Selectmen meetings and started her
own cable TV show, “Eye on Ipswich,” to provide residents with
the opportunity to present their solutions to Ipswich issues.
Sue was involved in her
community. When she saw something that needed to be improved,
Sue took action, including the refurbishing of Daniel Boone Park
and Arthur Wesley Dow Park (both at the top of Spring Street)
and the establishment of Sawmill Park on County Street. Sue is
a recipient of the Ipswich Golden Clam Award for her
contributions to the Ipswich River Festival and for her watchful
stewardship of land along the Ipswich River, and in 2010
received an Unsung Heroine Award from the Commonwealth of
Massachusetts. Most recently, Sue was active in raising the
issue of public access to the waterways of Ipswich by means of
easements and rights of way (some of which are ancient and in
danger of being lost).
Sue had a knack for growing
plants, flowers and vegetables in her garden. She loved birds,
and, at one time, had over 240 birds of all types and sizes.
Sue loved her parrots, Ashley and Junior. Ipswich residents
will remember Sue’s sign for maple syrup and fresh eggs in front
of her home. Sue owned and managed restaurants in Ipswich and
Rowley, and provided in-home care services to many in Ipswich.
Sue had a particular interest in
and love for the Agawam Indian Tribe, and had many friends in
the Native American community. Sue led the movement to renovate
and recognize Emma Safford’s (the Indian Princess of Ipswich)
burial site in Ipswich and Chief Masconomet’s burial site in
Hamilton. She enjoyed PowWows and embraced the Native American
view of life. Sue often said that, “When I am ready to leave
this world, the owl will alert the eagle, who will escort me on
my journey to the Creator.” Sue is now flying with the eagle!
Sue is survived by her son, Brian
Richardson of Ipswich, and her two grandchildren, Anthony and
Rhianna Richardson of Florida, with whom she enjoyed spending
winters. Sue is also survived by her sister-in-law, Ann Howard
of Jensen Beach, Florida, and her nieces, Mandy Howard of Jensen
Beach, Florida and Kim Eckmann of Ipswich, a great niece and
great nephew and many cousins. Susan is greatly missed by her
friends and family.
A private graveside memorial will
be held in Fall. Memorial contributions in her name may be
made to First Light (a Native American Education Program),
Attention Annawon Weedin, 33 Essex Road, Mashpee, MA 02649.
Arrangements are under the direction of the Whittier-Porter
Funeral Home of Ipswich.