SalemNews.com, Salem, MA

January 15, 2014

Martha Ann Perry, 86


Topsfield — Martha Ann (Peabody) Perry, 86, longtime resident of East Street, Topsfield, and wife of the late Harvey Waitt Perry, died on Monday, January 13, 2014, in the Putnam Farm Center, Danvers.

Born in Malden on March 10, 1927, she was the daughter of the late Harold Percival and Imogene Elizabeth (Warner) Peabody. She spent her childhood in Lynnfield, and graduated from Wakefield High School, and the Kathleen Dell Secretarial School in Brookline as a medical secretary. She worked at the Topsfield Post Office for over 20 years, as a window clerk and supervisor. She was later employed for more than 10 years as executive director of Little Brook Village in Topsfield.

Martha was an avid reader, knitter and golfer. She was a member of the Old Newbury Golf Club, where since 1965, she served in many capacities, including president of the Ladies League. She worked on many committees through the years, including co-chairing the booth at the Topsfield Fair back in the 1950s. She was also a member of the Topsfield-Boxford Community Club, New Meadows Garden Club, Friends of the Topsfield Library, The Women’s Golf Association of Massachusetts, the U.S. Golf Association, and was a longtime member of the Congregational Church of Topsfield.

Martha is survived by a son, Scott Perry and his wife, Ann, of Amesbury; two daughters, Melissa Walsh and her husband, Tom Walsh of Ipswich, and Suzanne Perry-Bannon and her husband, Eric Bannon of Sutton; son-in-law, Scott Mayo, husband of her late daughter, Cindy Mayo, formerly of Williamsburg; seven grandchildren, Abigail Bliss, Nathan Perry, Molly Edwards, Sally DeWinkeleer, Seth Reidy, and Haley and Anna Bannon; four great-grandchildren, Matthew and Julia Edwards, and Maisie Bliss and Sable Reidy; many much-loved nieces and nephews; grandnieces and grandnephews; her friends; and the wonderful staff at Putnam Farms in Danvers, where she has resided for the last two years. She was the sister of the late Elizabeth P. Gerry, Robert W. Peabody and Millicent Preston.

ARRANGEMENTS: Her funeral service will be held at 11 a.m., Friday, January 17, in the Topsfield Congregational Church, 9 E. Common St., Topsfield. Family and friends are respectfully welcomed. Visiting hours are on Thursday, from 4 to 8 p.m., in the Whittier-Porter Funeral Home, 6 High St., Ipswich. A private burial will be held in the Pine Grove Cemetery, Topsfield. Memorial contributions in her name may be made to Care Dimension (formerly Hospice of the North Shore), 75 Sylvan St., Suite B-102, Danvers, MA 01923.

For directions, or to leave a condolence, please visit www.whittier-porter.com.