Lillian May Howard

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Lillian May Howard, age 105, of Hamden, passed away at her home on November 26, 2016. Lillian was born in Thomaston, CT on November 11, 1911, a daughter of the late Robert & Mary (Nihill) Spoettle. She is survived by her daughter Barbara Murphy, with whom she resided, and her grandchildren Thomas (Ferdinand) Murphy, Cassidy Murphy, Robert (Judy) Murphy, Catherine Murphy, Margaret Murphy, and Christopher (Jennifer) Murphy. She also leaves 12 great-grandchildren and 11 great-great-grandchildren. Lillian was predeceased by her daughter Maureen Casey & her son Raymond Howard. She was a retired Manager in the Yellow Page Department of the SNET Company. She was a member of the Telephone Pioneers of America, and of the St. Rita Church Ladies Guild, and also sang in the church choir for many years. Lillian always loved to play the piano for her family at any special occasion. In her later years she enjoyed her garden. Friends may visit with her family at BEECHER & BENNETT FUNERAL HOME, 2300 Whitney Ave., Hamden on Wednesday morning from 8:30 to 9:30 AM and may attend her Mass of Christian Burial to be celebrated at 10:00 AM in St. Rita Church, 1640 Whitney Ave. Her interment will follow in St. Thomas Cemetery, Thomaston. Contributions in her memory may be made to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.

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  1. Lil was a wonderful neighbor and friend to my mother, Libby Patton, for many decades. Condolences from the Patton family.

  2. Barbara – Remember me? We lived next to you on Irvington St. My sister sent me the obit about your Mom. Amazing story. I do remember many happy times with her playing the piano at our house. And so many other times with you over the years. Love to hear from you.

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