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Renata L. Gilmore, 88, of Cable Gardens, died Thursday in Beverly Hospital following her sudden illness.
Born in Ipswich February 16, 1929, daughter of the late George L. and Doris M. (Estey) Gilmore, she was raised in Ipswich and was a 1947 honor graduate of the former Whipple Memorial High School. In 1948, she was employed by New England Telephone Company in Ipswich as an operator until her transfer to the engineering dept. in Salem where she became an outside plant engineer. She finished her 41-year career with the telephone company in March of 1989.
Renata was an Ipswich “Townie.” She loved the town, enjoyed Crane Beach, swimming and gardening. She loved to get her “mess” of clams as one of the few woman recreational clammers at the time. In her retirement Renata took up the art of water color painting and enjoyed painting scenes of Ipswich and Cape Ann many of which now reside with family and area buyers. Renata also participated in “The People & Places Book” of Ipswich. Here she shared her cherished years of growing up in her Ipswich River neighborhood.
She was a member of the Telephone Pioneers of America, the Ipswich YMCA and the Guild of Beverly Artists.
Renata enjoyed and dearly loved her surviving sister, Mary V. Ross of Merrimac and her family of five children, Barry Ross of Long Meadow, Paul and David Ross, both of Ipswich, Daniel Ross and Lucinda Ross both of Merrimac and all their children.
In addition to her parents, Renata was predeceased by a sister, Doris A. Gilmore and brother, Alfred Estey.
Family and friends are respectfully welcomed to visiting hours 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, August 30, in the Whittier-Porter Funeral Home, 6 High St., Ipswich. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in her name may be made to Ipswich Humane, P.O. Box 873, Ipswich, MA 01938. For directions or to leave a condolence please visit www.whittier-porter.com.
Published on  August 29, 2017
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