Muriel A. (Burrell) Estelle, 82, a lifelong resident of New Haven passed away peacefully on March 31, 2011. Recently she resided with her family in Bloomfield. She was born in New Haven on May 20, 1928 to the late Samuel and Evelyn Taylor Burrell, Sr. Muriel worked in the New Haven Public school system as a secretary for 25 years. After retirement she was employed part-time by the New Haven Police Dept. and part-time at a New Haven day care. Muriel is survived by her daughter Sharon O'Connor and her husband Everton of Bloomfield; brother, Samuel Burrell Jr. (Gertrude) of New Haven; sisters, Charlotte Mikell of Edison, NJ and Doris Matthews of Ansonia; 2 grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by her daughter Elizabeth Estelle. Her Funeral Service will be held on Thursday, April 7th at 11 a.m. at BEECHER & BENNETT FUNERAL HOME, 2300 Whitney Ave., Hamden, followed by her burial in Evergreen Cemetery, New Haven. Friends may visit with the family at the funeral home on Thursday morning prior to the service from 10 to 11 a.m. In lieu of flowers, donations in Muriel's memory may be sent to Dixwell Avenue United Church of Christ UCC, Tree of Life, 217 Dixwell Ave., New Haven, CT 06511.

View current weather.

Memories Timeline

View the Timeline

Guestbook

  1. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you. Will always have fond memories of our travel adventures.

  2. Sharon and family, On behalf of my family and myself I extend the deepest sympathy for your lose. When I received the phone call that your mom had past, it jogged my brain into a full state of remeniscing. I reflected on a time in life when people in a community, were not just neighbors but were regarded as family and friends. Your mom was a valuable part of that community and most definitely regarded as a friend. May God keep you and yours in his continued care. In Christ, Leon D. Brown (Buster)

  3. To the family you have my heartfelt sympathy. Ms. Estelle (the name I knew her by) used to have the most beautiful smile. I remember when I moved to New Haven back in 1980, I met her in Macy’s and she used to walk through and smile at me. I finally asked her one day if she was related to an aunt of mine because they looked like sisters and both had that beautiful smile, but she wasn’t. Anyway from that point on we’d speak when we saw one another. Since many years have passed I have not seen Ms. Estelle, but was truly saddened when I read of her passing. God bless all of her family and know that God has prepared a place for her in heaven. God bless you.

  4. I remember Muriel Estelle from a long time ago when she was secretary at Lincoln-Bassett School and I taught there. We had many fun times and smiles together. My sympathies to her family. She was a very nice lady and will be missed I am sure.

  5. My deepest sympathy to you and the family on the passing of your Mom. May your memories of good times spent bring you peace and comfort at this difficult time.

  6. My thoughts and prayers are with your family at this time. May your hearts fine peace and comfort.

  7. Sharon and family you have my heartfelt sympathy. Sharon you know your mother was my second mother when I lived in New Haven, she was always there for me always worried about my well being, and when I moved back to RI I knew her heart was sad to see me go. We called each other ever two day just to say hi like an mother looking for her daughter, and an daughter looking for mother. When my mother was in the hosptil Ms.Estelle come to visited my mother in RI and when my mother passed away Ms. Estelle was there for me. I will miss her all the days of my life. Sharon thank you so must for sharing your mother with me. Love you all. Amelia,

  8. Sharon, We are sorry to hear of your Mom passing. May it bring great comport to you Knowing that she is in the Lord’s house now. We all have fond memories of her, and will miss her dearly. Donald & Jeanette (Honeybee)

  9. On behalf of the National Council of Negro Women, Greater New Haven section I extend our deepest sympathy on the passing of our sister Muriel. She was a strong believer in our mission and was a hard worker until she was no longer able. Her favorite event was our annual Founders Day Luncheon where she stood out, selling tickets and bringing us ordinary people in our community, who were doing extraordinary things that improved the quality of many lives. We will miss her smile, her quick wit, and her unabashed compassion for the troubled. We will miss her generosity and her big heart that held us all. How honored we were to know and love her. May God bless you and keep you as he did Muriel.

  10. Sharon and Family, You have my deepest sympathy on the passing of your mom, Miz. Estelle. She’ll always be remembered for her gentleness, her elegant and strong bearing and her ever-present smile. Though I haven’t seen her in a long, long while, I remember her clearly as a fixture from my childhood…all the uproariously good times at my cousins house on Rock Creek Road. Rest In Peace, Miz. Estelle.

  11. Sharon, on behalf of the Johnson Family I offer our deepest condolences on the passing of your mother. May God bless you and family.

  12. Sharon and family I am so sorry to hear of Muriels passing.She was a dear friend and although we were miles apart, we were close in spirit and shared many childhood memories.

Sign the Guestbook, Light a Candle

Sign the Guestbook