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Esther L.M. (Ricker) Towne

Esther L. M. (Ricker) Towne, 84, formerly of Hamilton and Essex, died Wednesday, January 7, 2015 in the Beverly Hospital following her brief illness. She was the wife of the late Albert E. Towne who died in August of 2005.

Born in Beverly, December 19, 1930 daughter of the late Lloyd E. and Marion G. (Larkin) Ricker, she was raised in Hamilton and was a 1948 graduate of the former Hamilton High School. Following graduation she soon married, making her home and starting a family in Essex, relocating in the mid 50’s to Sagamore Street in Hamilton. With a grown family she was employed for many years as a waitress at Misty Acres in Essex, while concurrently working for the dining service at Gordon College and most recently in sales at Johnny Appleseeds in Beverly.

Mrs. Towne will be remembered as a generous supporter of animal rights issues and for her efforts in the knitting of hats for newborns and hats for the serving veterans overseas.  She especially enjoyed her boat rides downriver with her family.

She was a longtime and loyal member of the Heard Chapter Order of the Eastern Star and the Friends of the Essex Council on Aging.

She is survived by three sons, Ronald R. and Glenn R. Towne both of Essex, and Eric M. Towne and his wife Carol of Portsmouth, NH; two daughters, Susan G. Bissel and her husband Michael E. of Beverly and Sonja E. Towne of Beverly; five grandchildren, Ashley Towne of Chicago, Courtney Nunes of Beverly, Cory Daras of Danvers, Casey Salvato of Concord, NH, Riley Towne of Portsmouth, NH and eight great grandchildren. She was the mother of the late Albert E. “Butch” Towne, Jr. formerly of Beverly and sister of the late Lloyd Ricker,  George H. Ricker and Dorothy Johnson all formerly of Hamilton and Beatrice Sassin formerly of Kentucky.

Her funeral service will be held 10 am Saturday, January 10, in the Whittier-Porter Funeral Home, 6 High Street, Ipswich, followed by interment in the Spring Street Cemetery, Essex. Family and friends are respectfully welcomed. Visiting hours are Friday 4 to 7 pm. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions in her name may be made to Cape Ann Animal Aid, 4 Paws Lane, Gloucester, MA 01930.

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