Margaret Durkin Starrs, wife of the late Arthur F. Starrs, Sr. of 40 years, died on Friday, May 16, 2008 at St. Raphael's Hospital after a beautiful life of 92+ years. She was born in New York City in 1916, the eldest of Catherine Marren and John Durkin's seven children. For the past 31 years she lived in Milford and most recently, Hamden, Connecticut. She is survived by her six loving children: Margaret Guiry-Kilray, John P. Starrs, Eileen Kelly, Arthur F. Starrs, Jr., William D. Starrs, Kathleen Maguire, their spouses and families including 17 cherished grandchildren and great grandchildren. A Mass of Christian Burial in memory of her wonderful life will be celebrated on Friday, May 23, 2008 at 10:30 am at Our Lady of Mount Carmel, 2819 Whitney Avenue, Hamden; burial will follow at St. Lawrence Cemetery, West Haven. Relatives and friends may call at the Beecher & Bennett Funeral Home, 2300 Whitney Avenue, Hamden on Thursday (TODAY) May 22 from 2pm to 5 and 7 to 9pm. In lieu of flowers please make a donation in Mrs. Starrs' memory to your favorite charity.

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  1. I will long remember Mumsie as simply the most lovely and elegant woman, reminiscint of an era bygone. Who remembered one still with written cards, wore gloves and hats, and always, but always knew how to do and say just the most very perfect thing to put you at your ease. So much of these many kindnesses, attention to detail and care for others can be seen in her daughter Kathleen, who–I suspect–is very like the young Margaret. She touched all who met her. What a lovely and loving legacy.

  2. To my friend Margaret and her family, I extend my deepest sympathy. May the wonderful memories of your mother see you through this trying time. Hold those memories dear. My thoughts and best wishes are with you. Love, Cynthia Washburn

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