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Frances E. (Gerow) Hovey

Frances E. (Gerow) Hovey, 84, of Linebrook Road, Ipswich, wife of the late George R. Hovey, Jr., died Sunday May 8, 2011 in the Beverly Hospital following her extended illness.

Born in Dracut  November 16, 1926, daughter of the late Raphael F. and Dora E. (Cossette) Gerow, she was raised in Rowley and was  a 1944 graduate of Newburyport High School.

Married in 1947 to retired U.S. Navy and Air Force retired serviceman and retired Vice President of the Ipswich Savings Bank, George R. Hovey, Jr., the Hovey’s made their home in various locations throughout the world before settling in Ipswich in 1966. 

In addition to raising her family she was employed for more than thirty years as clerk and assistant manger at the former Brooks Pharmacy in Ipswich. She was active in the Ipswich Care Giver Group and was an avid participant in the weekly Ipswich Walking Group prior to her failing health. She also enjoyed reading, quilting, embroidery, crossword puzzles, home gardening and her faithful companion, Tony the Cat.

Mrs. Hovey, known as “Aunt Frannie” to her family and her extended family and friends, will best be remembered as a devoted friend and loving mother who always put other’s needs above her own.

She is survived by a daughter, Marcia J. Cowan and her husband Lawrence H. of Greenland, NH; a son, George R. Hovey, III and his wife Carol of Piqua, OH; two grandchildren, Melissa Hovey and George R. Hovey, IV both of OH; a brother, Joseph L. Gerow of Ipswich and many nephews and nieces.  She was predeceased by her sister Beverly Wilson of ME.; her sister Jeanette O’Connor of Ipswich; her brother Raymond Gerow of  CA; and her brother William Gerow of Georgetown.

Her funeral service will be held at noon, Friday, May 13, in the Whittier-Porter Funeral Home, 6 High Street, Ipswich, followed by interment in the Cowles Memorial Cemetery, Ipswich. Family and friends are respectfully welcomed. An hour of visitation will precede the service from 11 am to noon.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions in her name may be made to the Ipswich Council on Aging (memo: In Memory of Frances Hovey), 25 Green Street, Ipswich, MA 01938.

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