, Newburyport, MA

March 2, 2013

Lucy E. (Wellington) Kimball

Ipswich, MA — Lucy Edwards (Wellington) Kimball,86, former longtime resident of Ipswich, died peacefully Tuesday evening, Feb. 26, 2013, at Seaview Retreat in Rowley, surrounded by her loving family.

Born in Mt. Vernon, N.Y., Jan. 16, 1927, she was one of three children of the late Lawrence and Dorothy (Stiles) Wellington. She was a graduate of Wellesley High School and had attended Simmons College in Boston.

For many years, Lucy worked as an editor for the Ipswich Chronicle. She was an avid photographer and exquisite gourmet cook delighting in preparing meals with wild edibles.

She was also a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution.

Predeceased by her devoted husband, Morton Shaw Kimball, in 1978 and by her sister, Patricia Giles, and her brother, Mark Stiles Wellington, she is survivied by her son, Samuel B. Kimball and wife, Michelle, of Amesbury; her daughter, Genevieve Kimball and companion, Leo Fournier, of Ipswich; her grandsons, Braeden Shaw Kimball and Hunter Edward Kimball ,who were each her pride and joy, along with several nieces, nephews and dear friends.

We, her family, and friends will miss her. She was a unique woman, always pushing at the edges of defined roles and expectations. Blazing her own trail with spunk and individuality, she also made sure to take time to examine her choices and actions. She never missed an opportunity to turn a phrase or word on its side and reinvent it with her own humorous spin. An avid reader, she always had a book in her lap. Her love of words also appeared in her expertise in Scrabble, as she would often mount a surprise attack from behind, surpassing an opponent with a 50-point lead. A fighter who refused to quit, her strong spirit shone when she chose to participate in many an Ipswich Triathlon as a swimmer on a team. Having been diagnosed with multiple sclerosis at age 48, and seeing the strength and coordination in her legs disappear, she didn’t let it stop her from using her upper-body strength to propel her through the choppy waters at Crane Beach. While still able to drive, she took a solo road trip from Ipswich to Kentucky to attend a dulcimer building workshop, where she produced a finely crafted instrument. Among the many words to describe Lucy are: witty, bright, curious, generous, humorist, stubborn, cantankerous, creative, passionate, determined, loving and, finally, missed. Go in peace, Lucy.

ARRANGEMENTS: A graveside service will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, March 23, at the New Highland Cemetery in Ipswich followed by a memorial service at 11 a.m. at Ascension Memorial Church, 31 County St., Ipswich. Donations in her memory may be made to the New England Chapter of Multiple Sclerosis Society, 101A First Ave., Waltham, MA 02451. Arrangements are by Elliott, Woodworth & Rogers Family Funeral Home, 35 Green St., Newburyport.