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Polly P. (Putnam) Southwick

January 08, 1933 - May 21, 2022


Obituary For Polly P. (Putnam) Southwick

Peabody – Polly P. (Putnam) Southwick, 89, beloved wife of the late Robert A. Southwick, died Saturday, May 21, 2022 at home surrounded by her loving family.Born and raised in Peabody, she was the daughter of the late Leslie and Rita (Patch) Putnam. She received her education from Peabody High School, class of 1950.Following high school, Polly joined her family business of Putnam Bros Dairy in clerical work. She then continued her education at the Chandler School for Women of Boston where she received her secretarial degree. In addition to her career, she was also a wonderful mother of two sons, and used her business skills as the manager of her household. At the same time, she also worked as a sales rep at Long’s Jewelers. Polly later moved on to become an office manager/technician at Dr. Allen O’Grady Periodontal Dentistry for over 35 years, working there into her seventies. Polly was an active member and volunteer of the Peabody Senior Center. One of her favorite jobs there was managing the ‘cute’ exercise room for all her friends. Polly also enjoyed conversing with a pen pal for many years. She loved traveling with her sister, Judy, and family. Polly was a lifelong member of Salem Country Club, first as a member with her husband Robert, then as a social member where she enjoyed taking family and friends for holiday gatherings and five-star dining. A loving wife, mother and grandmother, Polly was a true family woman, always caring for family and friends alike. She looked for the good in people and made sure they could achieve happiness. In addition to her love of people, she also had an exceptional love for all dogs, especially her beloved golden retrievers, Trapper and Jake. She is survived by her two sons, Peter A. Southwick of Peabody, and Robert and Debra Southwick of Orleans, grandchildren, Amanda Southwick and her husband, Jeremiah Nickerson of Harwich, her sister, Judith Putnam, her niece and nephew, Mark and Pat Rand of Texas, and Debroah and Eric Waybright of Georgetown. She is also survived by several great nieces and nephews as well as great great nieces and nephews. ARRANGEMENTS: Visiting hours will be held at the Conway Cahill-Brodeur Funeral Home, 82 Lynn St., Peabody, on Wednesday, June 1, 2022, from 9:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. followed by her Funeral Service in the funeral home at 11:00 a.m. Relatives and friends are invited to attend. Burial will be in Puritan Lawn Memorial Park Cemetery, Peabody. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in her memory to Care Dimensions, 75 Sylvan Street, Suite B-102, Danvers, MA 01923 or at www.caredimensions.org

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  • 05/31/2022

    Our sincere condolences to Bob, Deb, Amanda, and all of the Southwick and Putnam families, as well as to Polly's many friends. ———- Rebecca and Margie Orleans, MA

  • 05/29/2022

    I'm so sorry for your loss Pete. My sincere condolences to you and your family. Your mom was always very nice to me. May she rest in peace.

  • 05/29/2022

    My memories of Polly go back to her teen years when she babysat me and my siblings, then later when I babysat her baby boys. These are fond memories of a sweet, kind and smart lady. Over the past decades on my visits back to Peabody, she never wavered from being that sweet, kind, and smart lady. A life well lived. Janet McCarthy

  • 05/26/2022

    To have known Polly are all these years as a neighbor on Andover Street was a pleasure. From the time our kids were small to her volunteering at the Senior Center, Polly was always a very classy lady.

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