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Nancy L. (Heath) Maguire

Nancy L. (Heath) Maguire, 66, of High Street, Ipswich, died  of pancreatic cancer Wednesday    September 24, 2008 in the Kaplan Family Hospice House in Danvers.

Adopted shortly after her birth in Miami, FL in 1942, she was raised by an aunt and uncle, the Late Roscoe and Frances (Pierce) Oakes, in Landaff, Lisbon and Franconia, NH. She attended local schools, including Landaff’s one-room Blue School, and graduated from the Littleton High School Class of 1960 and from Simmons College in 1964.

Following a two year stint with a small publisher in Westchester County, NY, she spent her entire book publishing career in various marketing positions at Boston’s Houghton Mifflin Company, retiring from the company’s Trade Division in 2004 after thirty-five years of employment.

A fan of the Red Sox and the Patriots, she enjoyed boating, skiing, gardening, reading and the company of friends, family and her dog Herbie. She was an active member of the the Gloucester Power Squadron, serving on various offices and taking many courses, from basic boating to celestial navigation, attaining a grade level of Navigator. In her later years she traveled as much as possible, touring areas including China, Greece, Costa Rica, Mexico, Machu Picchu, Peru and Ecuador’s Galapagos Islands, and the National Parks of the US.

She is survived by a brother, Ford Hubbard and his wife Nancy of East Burke, VT; three nieces, Elizabeth Hubbard and Michelle Barton of Sutton, VT and Patricia Hubbard of Linthicum, MD and their families; a cousin, Nancy Heinemann and her husband Michael of St. Johnsbury, VT; in-laws Dale and Bonnie Maguire of Ipswich, her very good friend Jane Beaupre of Rowley, and other nieces, nephews and cousins.

A gathering to celebrate Nancy’s life will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory may be made to the Kaplan Family Hospice House, 78 Liberty Street, Danvers, MA 01923

Arrangements are under the direction of the Whittier-Porter Funeral Home of Ipswich.

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