F. (Faux) Small, 89, longtime of Cedar View Road, Ipswich and wife
of the late Irving G. Small, died Friday, February 1, 2013 in the
Atrium at Veronica Drive in Danvers, following a long illness.
in Newark, NJ November 29, 1923 she was the daughter of the late
Raymond J. and Florence (Martin) Faux. She was raised in Newark and
was a 1941 graduate of the Barringer High School.
attending secretarial school, she worked for the Newark College of
Engineering as secretary to the President, and also as an assistant
in the public relations department of the East River Savings Bank in
New York, working on promotional campaigns. In addition to her
professional life, she was a life-long musician, studying voice and
opera with Donald Gage at the Gage School of Music in New Jersey,
performing in recitals with other students and in theatrical
performances, as well as with area choral groups and as a paid
Married in Short Hills, NJ in 1957 the Smalls made their home on
Cedar View Road, Ipswich, where she was active in many town
organizations. Joining the Ipswich Methodist Church, Mabel was
active in the life of the church community, teaching Sunday School
and singing in the choir. She and her husband Irving were also
members of the Ipswich Historical Society, where she regularly
volunteered as a docent in the Whipple House and was part of many 17th
Century Day celebrations. Her continuing love of choral music led
her to join the Newburyport Choral Society and sang in concerts with
that organization for over thirty years. She was also one of the
original members of the Ipswich Summer Theater and performed in the
chorus of that group through many seasons, covering most of the
entire Gilbert & Sullivan repertoire.
was a talented writer and put her style and professional training to
good use assisting many organizations with publicity. For the
Ipswich Summer Theatre, she wrote features about mounting a Gilbert
& Sullivan production that were printed in the Ipswich Chronicle. As
a poet, Mabel enjoyed long walks and translating her observations
into poems on nature, seasons, flora and wildlife.
is survived by a daughter, Diana Snow and her husband Richard of
Belmont. She has two surviving nephews, Kenneth Small of Exeter, RI
and Warren Small of Manchester, NH. She was the step sister of the
late David Hutchings formerly of Windham, NH, Joseph Hutchings
formerly of Granby, CT, and the late Florence (Hutchings) Watson,
formerly of Ft. Myers, FL.
A memorial Service will be held 2:00 pm Sunday, February 17 in the
United Methodist Church, North Main Street, Ipswich. Family and
friends are respectfully welcomed. Memorial contributions in lieu of
flowers may be made to the United Methodist Church in Ipswich.
Arrangements are by the Whittier-Porter Funeral Home of Ipswich.