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Theresa M. Martel Sullivan Peatfield

Theresa M. Martel Sullivan Peatfield, 96 years young, passed away on July 10, 2020 surrounded by her loving family.  Born in 1923, she lived her entire life in Ipswich with the exception of four years spent in California and Virginia while her husband, an Ipswich native, Lt. Commander Edward S. Sullivan Jr., served as a Navy pilot.  They were married in 1948.  When he was killed while on a flight mission in 1956, she returned to Ipswich to raise their four children. At the age of 65, she married William A. Peatfield, a high school classmate she had dated, who predeceased her in 1994. 

After graduating from Ipswich High School in 1940, she attended Chandler Secretarial School in Boston and was employed by Sylvania, MIT, and later the Messelaar Bulb Company in Ipswich.  Terry was an avid world traveler criss-crossing Europe with her best friend Nancy Howard for many years as well as with her husband Bill. She was a bird watcher, Red Sox fan, camper, beach lover and a life-long member and volunteer of Our Lady of Hope/St. Joseph's Church in Ipswich. 

As the matriarch of a large and growing family she relied on her strong faith. She was sweet, kind and generous to everyone she knew and she inspired us by her example.  Terry was a loving Nana who thoroughly enjoyed watching her ten grandchildren grow up and was grateful to welcome thirteen great grandchildren into this world (a fourteenth on the way in August).  Terry was an adoring aunt to her nieces and nephews, the Perkins family.

She is survived by her four children, John Sullivan and his wife Debbi of Ipswich, Kathleen O’Malley and her husband Eugene of Wenham, Jean O’Malley and her husband Mark of Andover and Edward Sullivan and his wife Linda of Basalt, CO. Our hearts are broken but we feel blessed to have loved her for so long.

 A Funeral Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Thursday 10 am in Our Lady of Hope Church, Pineswamp Road, Ipswich followed by interment in Cowles Memorial Cemetery, Town Farm Road, Ipswich. Family and friends are respectfully welcomed with masks and observing social distancing. Arrangements by the Whittier-Porter Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to Care Dimensions (Kaplan Family Hospice House) at caredimensions.org, The Ipswich Humane Group at ipswichhumanegroup.org, or Our Lady of Hope Church, 1 Pineswamp Road, Ipswich, MA 01938.


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