Shirley Eileen Mission

Thursday, May 02, 2019

AVON, CT — Shirley Eileen Mission, 88, of Avon, CT and formerly of Granby, CT, beloved wife for 44 years of the late Walter Charles Mission, passed away peacefully on Saturday, February 23, 2019, surrounded by her family at St. Francis Hospital in Hartford, CT. Born in Lakewood, NJ on August 16, 1930, daughter of the late John “Lloyd” and Eleanor (Norcross) Estelle, she was raised in Lakewood, NJ and was a graduate of Lakewood High School. One of her childhood memories was watching the Hindenburg on its final voyage fly over her family’s farm. After high school, Shirley started her career doing secretarial work for businesses in New Jersey and later for the Granby Public Schools. She later purchased Bloomfield Stenographic & Answering Service with her partner Barbara Carolan which they operated for ten years before her retirement. While her children were growing up in Granby, Shirley was involved in many of their activities and she and her husband also hosted foreign exchange students. After raising her children, Shirley started taking design and art classes and developed a love of painting. During her retirement years, she was a member of the Artists in the Barn in Grantham, NH. In her spare time, she enjoyed skiing and golfing and was a member of the Springfield Ski Club in Blandford, MA, and was a member of several leagues over the years at Edgewood Golf Course in Southwick, MA and at the Eastman Women’s Golf Club in New Hampshire. While living in Granby, Shirley was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star, Day Star Chapter and had served as Worthy Matron. After retiring to Grantham, NH with her husband, she became an active member of the Grantham United Methodist Church. She later returned to Connecticut and had resided for the last few years at River Ridge in Avon. She leaves four children, Patricia Kitchen and her husband Nathan of Columbia, CT, Donna Hiltz and her husband Steven of Campton, NH, Walter “Skip” Mission and his wife Beth of Granby, CT, and Paul Mission and his wife Kimberly of Avon, CT; a brother, Lawrence “Ronald” Estelle and his wife Dorothy of West Chelmsford, MA; two sisters-in-law, Rose Estelle of Culpeper, VA and Joyce Estelle of Howell, NJ; eight grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren. Besides her husband, she was predeceased by two brothers, Jay and James Estelle. A graveside service will be held on Saturday, May 4, 1 p.m. at the Grantham Memorial Cemetery, Grantham, NH. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to St. Francis Foundation, Attn: Hope & Healing Campaign, 95 Woodland St., 2nd Floor, Hartford, CT 06105.