Shirley C. (Curtis) Tedford, 91, longtime resident of Linebrook
Road, Ipswich, died Saturday, December 29, 2012 in the Seaview
Retreat, Rowley following her brief illness. She was the wife of
the late James L. Tedford with whom she shared sixty-five years
Born in Danvers December 26, 1921, daughter of the late Charles
G. and Grace E. (Macdonald) Curtis, she was raised in Middleton
and was a 1939 graduate of the Holton High School in Danvers.
Married in 1940 the Tedford’s soon moved to Ipswich where they
built their Linebrook Road home, raised their family and
started Tedford's Lumber and Hardware Store.
Mrs. Tedford enjoyed her home and garden, raising flowers and
vegetables. She was a wonderful cook and made many delicious
meals for her family and friends. Boating was always a part of
their lives in Ipswich and continued in later years from their
Key Largo, Florida home, where she and her husband
spent twenty-five winters chasing the sun. Yard sales were a
hobby she greatly enjoyed, always on the hunt for McCoy pottery
to add to her extensive collection. She was an active Rotary
wife and was a recipient of a Paul Harris Fellow. Her
grandchildren and great grandchildren were the delights of her
life. "Nanny Shirley" was always ready with a hug and a
homemade molasses cookie.
Mrs. Tedford is survived by a son, James L. Tedford, Jr. and
his wife Diane of Ipswich; two daughters, Carrie J. Adams of
Ipswich and Laurie T. Cameron and her husband Ronald of Ipswich;
seven grandchildren, Curtis Adams of TN, Jodi Quinn of Ipswich,
Jamie Tedford III of Marblehead, Kristie Henderson and Loni
Bonjorno both of Ipswich and Callie Doane and Jill Gallant both
of Essex; fourteen great grandchildren and several nephews and
nieces. She was the sister of the late Charles G. Curtis, Jr.
formerly of Middleton and the late Barbara Elliott formerly of
Her funeral service will be held 10 am Saturday, January 5, 2013
in the Whittier-Porter Funeral Home, 6 High Street, Ipswich
followed by interment in the Oakdale Cemetery, Middleton. Family
and friends are respectfully welcomed. Visiting hours are Friday
4 to 7 pm. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in her
name may be made to the Ipswich Council on Aging, 25 Green
Street, Ipswich, MA 01938.