Shirley Raffile Mansfield, 84, of Beacon Falls , wife of the late George Mansfield, passed away on February 4, 2009 after a long illness. She was born in West Haven on September 17, 1924 to the late Arthur and Margaret Egen Mansfield. Shirley leaves her daughter Cindy Doran and her husband John of PA, sons, George Mansfield and his wife Mary Ellen of Naugatuck, and Scott Mansfield and his wife Barbara of Bethany; Sister Nancy McGrath and her husband Robert of West Haven, brother Ronald Raffile of North Haven, four grand children, and five great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. Besides her husband she was predeceased by her siblings Margaret Spinato, Arthur Raffile, and one grandchild. Shirley grew up in West Haven before moving to Bethany to raise her children. After her children had grown she moved to Florida for 15 years before moving back to Beacon Falls. She was great at crafts, especially macrame. Her favorite past times were tending to her garden and feeding and watching birds. BEECHER & BENENTT, 2300 Whitney Ave, Hamden in care of the private arrangements. Memorial contributions in Shirley's memory may be sent to, Where The Heart Is, P.O. Box 50, Naugatuck, CT 06770.

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  1. Dear Scott, I am so sorry to hear about the loss of your mom. I remember her well from high school and how she was always nice to me whenever I would come over. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time. Fondly Linda

  2. George, Mary Ellen & family, Sorry to hear of your loss. We will remember your mother in our prayers. Love, Pattty & John

  3. Mary Ellen and George, So very sorry to hear of your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this sad time.

  4. To Shirley’s children, George, Scott and Cindy, sister Nancy, brother Ronnie, and the family’s of each. The loss of a loved one is always a difficult time in our lives. Our thoughts and prayers are with you in this time of sorrow. The many fond memories of Aunt Shirley over several years she was with us, will be lasting memories in our hearts and minds. She has certainly made her mark in the family with her many hand made crafts which she spent many hours creating, all of which she distributed to her family members. We still proudly display each item that she passed on to us and will continue to do so for years to come. Shirley will be greatly missed by all whose lives she touched.

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