RYE, N.H. – Jeanne B. Ivory, 77, formerly of Newport, died Tuesday, March 19, 2013, at the home of her daughter, surrounded by her loving family, after a courageous battle with ovarian cancer. She was born May 9, 1935, in Berlin, N.H., daughter of the late Oscar and Alice (LePage) Biron.
She graduated from Notre Dame High in 1953 and was crowned Berlin (N.H.) “Miss Paper City” in the same year. Jeanne worked throughout the years in various administrative jobs, but her primary goal in life was to raise, guide and love with her entire heart and soul – her six children, to whom she gave the world. She loved to cook and bake, and we imagine the scent wafting through heaven is of her freshly baked apple pies and blueberry muffins. She was happiest with a house full of children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren, even if it was standing room only. She enjoyed traveling to Florida with her Aunt Lucille, and together they would giggle and laugh like schoolgirls. It has been said, one of them would start a sentence and the other would finish it.
She is survived and deeply missed by her children: her sons and daughters-in-law, David Albert and Theresa Grella of Amherst, N.H., Douglas and Lori Ivory of East Falmouth, Mass., Jeffrey and Sheila Ivory of Geneva, James and Sabrina Ivory of Newport; her daughter and son-in-law, Lisa and Richard Ade of Rye, N.H.; son-in-law, Timothy Turmelle; her uncle, Herbert Brigham of Berlin, N.H.; and her special friend and sister-in-law, Barbara Ivory; She was “World’s Best Gram” to 10 grandchildren, Melanie, Justin, Shelby, Alyssa, Amey, Chase, Gabe, Vivian, Madison and Cole; and three great-grandchildren, Rhyan, Xanthe and Camdyn. She had many wonderful friends and the family makes special acknowledgment of the devotion and love bestowed upon her by her dear friends, Helen, Brenda, Nancy and Pat B. Jeanne was predeceased by her husband of 40 years, James E. Ivory Jr., in May 2012; her daughter, Donna, who she loved dearly and missed every day; and her beloved aunt, Lucille Brigham. The family thanks their “extended family” of Visiting Nurses Association: Ray, Sharon and Glenna Jean, and Home Instead: Joyce and Chris, for their never-ending devotion, care and compassion for our beloved mother.
Calling hours will be 3-5 p.m. Wednesday, March 27, at Farrell Funeral Home, 684 State St., Portsmouth, N.H., with a prayer service held 4:30 p.m. by Father Gary Belliveau and Pastoral Minister Carol Jacques-Dow of the Corpus Christi Parish. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to be made directly, in memory of Jeanne Ivory to Visiting Nurses Association at www.rockinghamvna.org.