Charlotte M.'s Story
Charlotte (Mallard) Horton, 98, wife of the late (Lt. Col.) William J. Horton, passed away Sunday, December 4, 2016, at Sea View Retreat in Rowley.
Born March 22, 1918, in Ipswich, she was the daughter of Charles A. and Marion C. (Wheeler) Mallard of Ipswich.
Charlotte attended school in Ipswich, graduating from Manning High School in 1935 with the nickname “Inky” for her abilities as a writer and editor. After high school, Charlotte attended secretarial school in Boston and was employed at Cable Hospital in Ipswich upon graduation.
Married December 6, 1941, one day prior to the attack on Pearl Harbor, Charlotte spent the next 25 years as a military wife moving from New York City to Puerto Rico, Alabama, Japan, and many places in between. After her husband’s death in 1959, Charlotte and her three children moved to Newbury where she became part of the community, working at the YWCA in Newburyport as the program director. After retirement, she moved to the family home on Great Neck in Ipswich and dedicated the rest of her life to helping others and supporting her large extended family. Some of her interests and special talents were cooking, gardening, rug making, sewing clothing and home decor, caning chairs, reading and being involved in the family. Charlotte spent many content hours on her deck taking in the natural beauty of the Ipswich River and Plum Island.
She is survived by a daughter, Leslie A. Haley and husband, Carl of Newbury; two sons, Charles M. Horton and wife, Jane of Newburyport, William D. Horton and partner, Susan Shell of Montville, Maine; nine grandchildren, Sarah Pike and Christy Haley of Newburyport, Lindsay Penney of Newbury, Emma Waecker and Hannah Stellmach of Amesbury, Nathan Horton, Emily Horton and Jacob Horton, all of Maine, and Molly Wilson of Pennsylvania; nine great-grandchildren; her devoted sister, Muriel Knight of Newbury; and many nieces and nephews. Charlotte retained a close relationship with former daughter-in-law, Patricia Manson. She was predeceased by her grandson, William D. Horton, Jr.
Charlotte quietly supported Veterans causes for many years and was a lover of animals.
Memorial contributions in her name may be made to Operation Delta Dog,, Inc., P.O. Box 121, Chelmsford, MA 01824 or the Ipswich Humane Group, P.O. Box 873, Ipswich, MA 01938.
A graveside service was held December 10 in Cowles Memorial Cemetery, Ipswich. Arrangements were under the direction of the Whittier-Porter Funeral Home in Ipswich.
Published on  December 12, 2016