Ipswich — 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 65 years of marriage.
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 Tedfords 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, Fla., 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 Tenn., 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 Ipswich.
ARRANGEMENTS: Her funeral service will be held 10 a.m. Saturday, January 5, 2013, in the Whittier-Porter Funeral Home, 6 High St., Ipswich, followed by interment in the Oakdale Cemetery, Middleton. Family and friends are respectfully welcomed. Visiting hours are Friday 4 to 7 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in her name may be made to the Ipswich Council on Aging, 25 Green St., Ipswich, MA 01938. For directions or to leave a condolence please visit www.whittier-porter.com.