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Annette I. “Nan” George

Annette I. “Nan” George passed away quietly at her Ipswich home Friday evening, September 3, 2010 after a long bout with cancer. She was 75.

Born in East Providence, Rhode Island on September 6, 1934 she was the daughter of late Milton H. and Harriet (Viall) Irons.  She was a graduate of Providence Classical High Class of 1951, and Colby College in Waterville, ME, Class of 1955 where she was a member of Chi Omega. She married her husband Bill George shortly after graduation and in July they celebrated fifty-five years of marriage. They have spent their entire married life in Ipswich.  Nan was an elected School Committee member in the early 1970’s, as well as the first Director of Youth Services for the town of Ipswich, having played an instrumental role in the creation of the first “Drop In Center” a popular and successful program for teenagers in town. In addition she was active in many community activities including Brownie Girl Scouts, League of Women Voters.

In recent years she and her husband enjoyed spending time at their home in Citrus Hills in Florida. A devoted wife and mother, she enjoyed spending time with her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She was an expert seamstress, accomplished knitter, and enjoyed collecting antiques

In addition to her husband former Ipswich selectman William E. (Bill) George she is survived by her three daughters, Linda George Grimes of Newburyport, Deborah S. Henry and her husband Timothy, and Judith A. Tucker, all of Ipswich.  She was the much-loved grandmother of Jennifer R. (Grimes) Quigley and her husband Michael of Stoneham, Josiah G. Grimes and his wife Cori of Wakefield, Michael G. Henry of Newburyport, Thomas Q. Henry of Ipswich, Christyna A. Tucker of Beverly and Myriah T. Tucker of Gloucester.  She also adored her three great-grandchildren who brought much joy to her.

She also leaves a brother, William V. Irons of Rumford, RI and a sister Evelyn I. Bain of Cranston, RI. She was the loving aunt to many nieces and nephews and numerous cousins.

Visiting hours are Thursday September 9, 4 to 8 pm in the Whittier-Porter Funeral Home, 6 High Street, Ipswich, Family and friends are respectfully welcomed. Interment in the Highland Cemetery, Ipswich will be private. Memorial contributions in her name may be made to a charity of one’s choice.

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