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Alberta D. (Doucette) Shanks

Alberta D. (Doucette) Shanks, 94, of Main Street, Essex, wife of the late Lawrence S. Shanks, died Sunday May 2, 2010 in her home following a long illness.

Born in Essex August 26, 1915 daughter of the late Leander and Delia (Hubbard) Doucette, she was raised in Essex, a 1932 graduate of the former Rufus Choate High School. As a young woman she was employed as a telephone operator in Essex. She was later employed at Sylvania in Ipswich, and she worked partime as the Essex reporter for the Salem News for many years. Married in 1944 to Lawrence Shanks, they continued the operation of the former Chebacco Poultry Farm until the mid 1970ís when they purchased the White Elephant Shop in Essex. She was passionate about antiques. She and her late husband traveled widely, buying, selling or simply enjoying the goods of their vocation.

Mrs. Shanks was a lifelong communicant of St. John the Baptist Church Catholic Church of Essex.

She is survived by a son, Lawrence A. Shanks and his wife Janet; a daughter, Pamela Davis and her husband Michael; four grandchildren, Colby Davis and wife Crystal, Amanda Davis, Tim Shanks and wife Diana, all of Essex and Beth Shanks of Gloucester; two great grandchildren Sean Davis and Jenna Shanks and many nephews and nieces. She was the sister of the late Ernest Doucette, Edith Goody and Phyllis Doyle all formerly of Essex. 

Her funeral will be held Friday May 7, 2010 9 am from the Whittier-Porter Funeral Home, 6 High Street, Ipswich, followed by a Funeral Mass 10 am in St. John the Baptist  Church, 52 Main St., Essex. Family and friends are respectfully welcomed. Visiting hours are Thursday 4 to 8 pm. Interment will be in the Spring Street Cemetery, Essex. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions in her name may be made to VNA Hospice, Inc., 5 Federal St., Danvers, MA 01923.

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