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Alice Dorette (Harris) Weston

Alice Dorette Weston (nee Harris) of Ipswich, died on Thursday, April 5, 2012. She was ninety-three years old. Mrs. Weston was raised in Fanwood, New Jersey, the second of four children born to Olive (Williams) Harris and Reginald Harris. She was married to the beloved Thomas Weston from 1967 until his death in 1975. In 1993 Mrs. Weston moved from North Plainfield, NJ to Ipswich, where she resided with her sister Jacquelyn B. Harris.

While living in New Jersey and Ipswich, Mrs. Weston was active in the First Church of Christ Scientist, at times volunteering in the church’s Reading Room and nursery, as well as performing bookkeeping services in recent years. She was also a talented artist. Mrs. Weston has produced over 350 watercolors depicting old houses and barns, seascapes, landscapes, and portraits of her pet cats.

After graduating from Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School, Dorette studied interior design and fine arts. In 1961 she and Thomas Weston became co-owners of Dorette’s Interiors, a successful interior decorating business located in New Jersey.

Dorette was an independent spirit with a positive outlook and a non-judgmental nature. She will be greatly missed by her family, her fellow-church members, neighbors, her friends at PACE, and the staff at Essex Park Nursing Center, Beverly, where she received care in the last weeks of her life.

Dorette leaves her beloved sister Jacquelyn and seven nephews and nieces and their spouses, Kenelmn Harris, Jr. and Debra Glabeau of Salem; Paige and Joe DeSantis of Newburyport; Stephen Harris of Ipswich; Jody and Peter Anderholm of Newbury; Richard and Martha Harris of  Maryland; David and Amy Harris of Delaware; and Carolyn Harris of Delaware. She also leaves her sister-in-law Gwendolyn Harris of Maryland, as well as twelve great-nephews and great-nieces, and two great-great nephews. In addition to her late husband Tom, Dorette was pre-deceased by her brother Kenelmn Harris, Sr. and his wife Mildred Harris of Ipswich; and by her brother Monroe Harris of Maryland.

A memorial service will be held at the Highland Cemetery in Ipswich at a future date. Arrangements by the Whittier-Porter Funeral Home of Ipswich.

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