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Priscilla A. (Wilson) Ramsdell

Priscilla A. (Wilson) Ramsdell, 68, wife of Paul Burdick Ramsdell of Plains Road, Ipswich,  died Sunday June 26, 2011 in her home following  her long illness.

Born in Ipswich August 22, 1942, daughter of the late Kenneth F. and Grace A. (Holmes) Wilson, she was raised in Essex, a 1960 graduate of Gloucester High School.

Married in Lynn in 1960, the Ramsdell’s made their home in Ipswich, for seventeen years on Wayne Avenue and for the past thirty-three years at her Plains Road address. While raising her young family she drove school buses in Hamilton and Ipswich, later working in sales at the former New England stores in Ipswich and for twenty-five years she was an advertising salesperson for North Shore Weeklies, where she was known as the “Queen of Denim”, from which she retired  in 2004.

She enjoyed camping and fishing with her family, and world travel, having visited most of the United States,  Europe, the Caribbean, and the South Pacific. She also enjoyed her hours in her home garden and sewing for her family. She was an attendee the First Congregational Church of Rowley.

In addition to her husband Paul of fifty-one years, she is survived by a daughter, Priscilla Lyn Moss and her husband Scott of Rowley; two sons, Paul Curtis Ramsdell and his wife Melissa of Ipswich and Perry Stephen Ramsdell and is wife Heidi of Essex; granddaughter Lily Xiangfong Ramsdell of Ipswich, step-granddaughter Elizabeth Moss of Rowley and special friends, twins Tucker and Charlie Murphy both of Ipswich. She was the grandmother of the late Matthew Stephen Nichols, formerly of Rowley.

Her funeral service will be held  Thursday, June 30, 10 am in the First Congregational Church of Rowley, Main Street, Rowley followed by interment in the Main Street Cemetery, Rowley. Family and friends are respectfully welcomed. Visiting hours are Wednesday 4 to 8 pm in the Whittier-Porter Funeral Home, 6 High Street, Ipswich. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in her name may be made to Hospice of the North Shore, 75 Sylvan Street, Suite B-102, Danvers, MA 01923.

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