Harriot Purinton Nutter

Died: 2016-07-10
Resided in: Topsfield, MA
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“Bunny” Harriot Purinton Nutter, 90, of Topsfield passed away at home, on July 10, 2016. Born

in Boston on July 14, 1925, she grew up in Marblehead, where she enjoyed sailing. She

graduated from the White Mountain School, in Littleton, NH, and attended the Rhode Island

School of Design. The wife of the late John Castle Nutter, they were married in 1947 and

celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary in 1997. John passed away in 2001. Together, they

owned and operated the Nutter’s Red Pine Farm since 1949, and enjoyed selling Christmas

trees since the 1950’s. Bunny also loved her flower and vegetable gardens, her friendships

through the Topsfield Garden Club, riding and driving her many horses and ponies and the

company of many dogs and cats. She was a 4H Horse Club leader for many years, and a

Myopia Pony Club mother. Bunny loved skiing, birdwatching, canoeing and traveling with her

family and friends. For many years Bunny hosted a Thanksgiving Day Open House at the

Parson Capen House in Topsfield, demonstrating the methods of open fire cooking on the

massive hearth of the fireplace. She volunteered for many years at Windrush Farm and the

Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary. Bunny is survived by: her son Benjamin Nutter; her daughter

Christina “Stina” MacDougall and husband James MacDougall; and her eldest son Stephen W.

Nutter, all of Topsfield; two grandsons Jaime Nutter, and Joshua Nutter, his wife Cara Irene

Kettenbach, and their son Michael Nutter. A celebration of her life will be held at a later time. In

lieu of flowers and at Bunny’s request, donations may be made in her memory to Windrush

Farm Therapeutic Equitation, Inc., 479 Lacy Street, North Andover, MA, 01845, website


Saw this by coincidence while looking for someone else. My sincere condolences to the entire Purinton family. Richard Symmes Beverly, MA
My thoughts are with Bunny's whole family. May your memories with her sustain you. Bunny was such a loyal friend; we always had wonderful times together through the years in Topsfield. Barbara Mailey
Dear Nutter Family, The end of an era! Our family has been cutting trees at your farm since 1969! So, we enjoyed the special welcomings at your house and barn and remember with awe and amazement viewing Bunny's hooked rugs. And she let people walk on them! Life delivers changes, and we adapt (or not), but we never forget. Bunny, and "Mr. Nutter," were an important part of our lives as the Christmas season began. Over the years we have introduced many other families to the wonder of the Nutter Farm and they and their families share our memories. The excitement of receiving the post card (when they began), the wonder of walking the woods to find the perfect tree, watching and petting the horses, the wagon rides and later the smell of the wood fire from the little shed and the wonderful craft items that adorn our home and were given as special gifts to loved ones, always with the story of the special place they came from. The anticipation of the measuring of the tree, lashing it to the car, and the trepidation of how we would get it home safely, and the constant of Bunny's wreaths! It was wonderful to watch their family expand and grow and to watch the changes on the land. What foresight they had to plant themselves there. How crestfallen we were on the years that Mother Nature didn't cooperate and we couldn't cut, but you recovered. So, who knows what this change will bring, but Bunny and "Mr. Nutter" will always be at the Red Pine Tree Farm as far as the Healey Family is concerned. Our most sincere and heartfelt sympathies are with all of you. Merry Christmas! Four generations of the John Healey Family from Peabody
Steve, Ben and all family members, I am so sorry to hear of your loss. Rich Lavoie, Boxford MA.

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