Ipswich — Elizabeth “Bette” (Dillingham) Savage, 92, of Ipswich, passed away on Friday, July 26, 2013, following a period of declining health. She was the loving wife of the late David “Doc” Woodruff Savage, with whom she shared 64 years of marriage.
Born in Annapolis, Md., she was the daughter of the late Alexander and Alveda Frances (Greenwood) Dillingham. She was raised in the shadow of the Naval Academy in Annapolis, where her father was a professor of mathematics, enjoying summers on Cape Cod in the family’s cottage on the beach at the end of a dirt road in Davisville. Bette attended grammar school in Annapolis and her secondary years at Southern Seminary in Louisville, Ky. She then studied at Hood College, graduating in 1942 with a Bachelor of Arts degree. She furthered her education, achieving an O.T.R. at the Philadelphia School of Occupational Therapy in 1944. She practiced O.T. in Baltimore until her marriage to “Doc” Savage in 1948.
Nothing was impossible for Bette. Her sense of adventure led her to ride her 28-inch bicycle all the way to the Canadian border from Maryland. Her love of and fascination with the boats that she enjoyed in Davisville later inspired her to build her own sailboat in her Ipswich living room, shaping the wood by soaking it in the bathtub. She then spent many summers sailing with her family at Papoose Pond in South Paris, Maine.
Bette was a stay-at-home mother, and she used her imagination and O.T. training in many projects. Always thrifty, Bette braided many rugs for her Ipswich home, even incorporating into the dining room rug the suits that she and Doc wore at their wedding. She made handcrafted birdhouses and homemade jellies, which she sold on a small table at the end of the driveway. And she was always brewing a fresh batch of root beer in the kitchen for the family and neighborhood playmates.