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Marion E. "Bette" (Washburn) Richardson

Marion E. "Bette" (Washburn) Richardson, 86, longtime resident of Mulholland Drive, Ipswich, died Wednesday, September 11, 2013 in her home following a long illness. She was the wife of the late John L. Richardson.

Born in Leesburg, FL, January 1, 1927, daughter of the late Charles I. and Florence M. (Watson) Washburn,  she was raised in Waltham, a graduate of Waltham High School. Married in 1947 the Richardson made their home and raised their family on Mill street in Belmont. During more than fifteen of these years she was employed as an auditor with the Massachusetts Department of Public Works. Following her retirement the Richardsons moved to their home on Great Neck in Ipswich.

She enjoyed the arts, walks on the beach and activities of all sorts with her  friends. Bette will be remembered by her many friends for her sense of adventure and willingness to help. She was an active board member of the Friends of the Ipswich Library,  a member of the Ipswich Historical Society, was a volunteer at the Ipswich Information Center and a member of the  Trustees of the Reservations. For many years she served as a docent giving  tours of the Crane Great House.

She is survived by two sons, Robert W. Richardson and his wife Cynthia of Gilmanton, NH and John L. Richardson, Jr. and his wife Deirdre of Stoneham, and five grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held 11 am Saturday, September 28 in the Ascension Memorial Church, 31 County Street, Ipswich. Family and friends are respectfully welcomed. Arrangements are under the direction of the Whittier-Porter Funeral Home of Ipswich.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions in her name may be made to Hospice of the North Shore Greater Boston, 75 Sylvan Street, Suite B-102, Danvers, MA 01923 and Friends of the Ipswich Library, Box 157, Ipswich, MA 01938.

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