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