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September 10, 2012

Cynthia Peckham, 89

Rockport, MA — Miss Cynthia Peckham, 89, of Rockport, died peacefully at home on Monday September 3, 2012, surrounded by friends and caregivers.

Born in Lynn Massachusetts, July 11, 1923, she was the daughter of George and Ethel (Bartlett) Peckham and lived her entire life in Rockport.

She graduated from Rockport High School and her family can be traced back to the town’s earliest settlers. She worked for many years at Jordan Marsh in Peabody.

Cynthia was very active in preserving and maintaining the history and uniqueness of Rockport. The Friends of the Library, the Garden Club, the Thatcher Island Association, and the Rockport Republican Committee were some of the ways she gave her time. However, she is best known for her service to Rockport on the Conservation Commission and for her years as curator of the Sandy Bay Historical Society.

The embodiment of Yankee character, Cynthia was self-reliant, hardworking, practical, optimistic and unafraid to speak her mind. She had a playful sense of humor and good insight into life in general. Even in time of trouble, she always knew how to make the best of things. Her interests were wide ranging and included politics, history, genealogy, art, and music. She loved to travel and did so extensively in Europe, Communist Russia, China, and Australia.

Cynthia is survived by her nephew, Walter Peckham and his wife Linda of New Hampshire; her grandnieces, Holly Grant and her husband Lewis, Annie Stevens and her husband James, and Kelly Peckham, all of New Hampshire; her great grandniece, Ashley Vachon, also of New Hampshire. She is also survived by her 'adopted family' Paul and Ann Seavey of Rockport; their children Nathan, Carolyn, Andrew and his wife Kendra, and Julia; and by her good friends, Alan and Susan MacMillan.

She was predeceased by her brother, George Peckham.

ARRANGEMENTS: There will be a gathering to celebrate her remarkable life on Sunday, September 16, at 2 PM at the Community House, 58 Broadway, Rockport, Massachusetts. All who would like to attend are welcome.

If desired, donations may be made in her memory to the Sandy Bay Historical Society, 40 King Street, Rockport, MA 01966.

Arrangements are by the Burgess and Mackey Funeral Home, 201 Main Street, Rockport.

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