Danvers, MA — Patricia “Pat” Tyler Turner of Ipswich, Mass., and formerly of Watertown, Mass., died on Saturday, December 14, 2013, after a brief illness, at age 82. Pat was born and raised in Ipswich and was the daughter of Seward Scotton Tyler and Charlotte Ames Tyler. She attended Ipswich public schools and graduated from Ipswich High School in 1949; she was the class valedictorian.
Pat attended Middlebury College for two years. She then attended the Katherine Gibbs School and obtained a certificate in 1952. In June of 1952, she married her high school sweetheart, Robert “Bob” Dean Turner. Pat and Bob relocated to Chicago, Ill., and then to Raleigh, N.C. where she worked as a secretary while Bob completed his degree in architecture.
Pat and Bob eventually moved back to Massachusetts and settled in Watertown where they raised three children. After working for five years as church secretary for the First Parish of Watertown, Pat began a career in social work and obtained a certificate in social work from Middlesex Community College in 1973. Pat worked for 14 years at the Beaverbrook Guidance Center’s Therapeutic Preschool in Belmont. She also served as member and President of the Watertown Multi-Service Center.
Pat returned to Ipswich in 1992. For over 15 years, she volunteered at the Ipswich Museum and was an integral part of the organization. She was responsible for the photograph collection and genealogical research, and was the resident authority on the Heard and Whipple families and Ipswich history. She served as President and board member of the Ipswich Historical Society. In 2009, she was appointed as Town Historian. She also volunteered at the Ipswich Public Library and the Ipswich Historical Commission.
Pat enjoyed many hobbies including reading, gardening, family genealogy, and crossword puzzles (which she completed in ink). She will be fondly remembered for her irreverent sense of humor and her dedicated community service. She will be greatly missed by her family, friends, and colleagues.
Pat was preceded in death by her husband, Robert Dean Turner. She is survived by her three children, Emily Turner DeLuca of Burlington, Susan Turner Po of North Andover, and Benjamin Ames Turner of Barrington, R.I.; brothers, Charles Sumner Tyler of Breckenridge, Colo., and Peter Ames Tyler of Bath, Maine; cousins, Jeanne Ann Niederer of Pittsboro, N.C., Theron Ames of Eliot, Maine, Joanne Eysell of Freiberg, Germany, Robert Mansfield of Bath, Maine, and Charlotte Ames of South Bend, Ind.; grandchildren, CJ and David DeLuca, Nathan, Cameron, and Daniel Po, Sumner and Elesa Turner; and many nieces and nephews.
ARRANGEMENTS: A memorial celebration of Pat’s life will be scheduled next spring. Donations in Pat’s memory may be made to the Ipswich Museum, 54 South Main Street, Ipswich, MA 01938 or the Ipswich Humane Group, P.O. Box 873, Ipswich, MA 01938.