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DEBORAH SALTONSTALL TWINING


1949 - 2017 Obituary Condolences
DEBORAH SALTONSTALL TWINING Obituary
TWINING, Deborah Saltonstall Of Ipswich, aged 68, passed away unexpectedly on September 15, 2017. Born on February 11, 1949, she was the daughter of the late William G. Saltonstall and Katharyn Watson Saltonstall of Marion, MA. She grew up in Exeter, NH, spending many happy summers at the family home in Marion, MA. Debby graduated from Milton Academy in 1966 and Wheaton College in 1970.

Debby is survived by two children, Hillary Twining (East Dover, VT) and Benjamin Twining (Brunswick, ME); her daughter-in-law Christine Twining; four grandchildren: Semma, Oscar, Skye and Nathaniel; and her former husband, Peter P. Twining (Manchester, MA). She also leaves two sisters: Josephine Saltonstall DuBois of Falmouth, MA, and Katharyn Saltonstall Hok of Concord, NH; and two brothers: William G. Saltonstall, Jr, (and wife Katrina Jenney Saltonstall) of Marion, MA and Samuel S. Saltonstall (and wife Linda Soderberg Saltonstall) of Topsham, ME.

Family and friends were always at the center of Debby's life. She was feisty, funny, a good listener, and a champion for her kids and grandkids. As a full-time homemaker during her children's school years, Debby put her heart and soul into motherhood. She had many friends throughout her life and loved to connect people with similar interests.

Debby was an accomplished musician. She played the recorder; sang for decades with Cantemus, a premier chorus on the North Shore; participated in her church choir; and took up the ukulele in recent years, helping to establish the Ukululus. A musician of many talents, Debby could also perform whistling duets with her brother, entertaining all at family gatherings.

Debby was an avid reader, and for many years she co-owned The Book Shop of Beverly Farms, ordering new titles, helping customers select the perfect book, and admonishing everyone to buy local. She also believed in being an engaged, informed citizen. Debby chaired Hamilton's Planning Board and served on the leadership team of the Hamilton-Wenham League of Women Voters.

In addition, Debby loved to garden and was an excellent cook. She was an accomplished sailor, although in recent years Debby was more likely to be found paddling through the Ipswich and Essex marshes in her kayak. She also relished the opportunity to play tennis with friends and was just as competitive at board games as she was on the court.

The First Church in Wenham was a vital part of Debby's life. She joined as a young mother and wife and remained an active member of the church community, finding meaning in music, relationships, community outreach and grant making, and most recently faith and social justice work.

Debby's life was a gift to her many friends and relatives. Her sense of fun, her creativity, her assertiveness, and especially her love of music drew people to her throughout her life's journey.

She is gone in one way, but will always be present in our hearts.

A memorial service to celebrate Debby's life will be held on Saturday, September 30th, at the First Church in Wenham at 2:30 pm with a reception to follow. Arrangements by the Campbell Funeral Home, 525 Cabot Street, Beverly, Ma 01915. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Cantemus (http://www.cantemus.org/) and to the National Alliance on Mental Illness (https://www.nami.org/). Information, directions, condolences at www.campbellfuneral.com.
Published in The Boston Globe on Sept. 24, 2017
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