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
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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