In Hamden, June 21, 2003, Mildred Crawshaw Higgins of 230 Treadwell St., Hamden. Wife of the late Thomas William Higgins, grandmother of Melanie Sadonis of North Haven, sister of Mary Brushett and Ruth Colwell both of Hamden. Predeceased by a daughter Mary Jane Higgins and a grandson, Christopher Sadonis. Mrs Higgins was born in West Haven, Sept.17, 1921, daughter of the late Clifford and Jane Vandermoren Crawshaw. She was a secretary in the Detective Division of the Hamden Police Dept. prior to her retirement. She was a member of the Whitneyville Congregational Church and the Hamden Republican Club. Funeral service Wednesday, June 25, 2003 at 11 a.m. at BEECHER & BENNETT, 2300 Whitney Ave., Hamden. Friends may call Tuesday from 4-8 p.m. Burial in Whitneyville Cemetery.

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  1. Aunt Mildred – you were one of the three .Crawshaw girls. and Aunt Mary and Mom will miss you more than anyone knows. The shock of your passing will be forever etched in their memories. As much as people say the three of you looked alike, that is how different your personalities were. You were the daring one with the ability to make the nieces and nephews laugh. Whether it was marching around with an American flag at a wedding reception or you and I sneaking a glass of wine, you always had our attention. The many tragic events you faced were met with a determination to assist others. Everyone in STEPS regards you as their .fairy godmother.. The STEPS Christmas party will not be the same without you. My pledge to you is to continue to assist them in rememberance of both you and Chris. May you find everlasting peace with Uncle Tom.

  2. Aunt Mildred was always full of energy & spunk. She truly had a heart of gold and was so giving of herself to others. She touched so many lives in the STEPS program. She also had a niche of buying that certain thing that caught her eye at a tag sale, only to clean-it-up and dress-it-up and sell it for a profit. I\’ll remember as a youngster spending time at Fieldcrest Lane (Clementine was mean !) and going to visit her in the Detective Bureau after school across the street at the old Centerville School. Uncle Tom was my godfather. May Aunt Mildred, Uncle Tom, Maryjane, Chris and Grandpa & Nana all rest in peace in heaven.

  3. Dear Melanie, Although I can\’t be there, I want you to know that I am thinking of you. Your grandmother and I shared many events, both happy and traumatic. I always enjoyed her phone calls, mail call with newspaper clippings bringing me up-to-date on events or people in the community, and my visits with her whenever I would visit Connecticut. Mildred was a dear friend for many years. I have many fond memories of her. Fondly, Marie Howard

  4. I am sorry to hear about Mildred. Mary Jane was my best friend growing up, so I have known Mildred for a long time. My mother, Marie Howard, was a good friend to Mildred. She always saw her when she came to Connecticut.

  5. Mildred and Tom were good friends and neighbors when I (Ron) was growing up on West Helen Street. We have fond memories of both your grandparents. Remember her smile and the good times you had with her. May He who neither slumbers nor sleeps watch over and guide you. Peace. Ron and Mabel Howard

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