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“Mary lived her life with tenacity making it the best for herself and others. The better you are the better you serve. May your sadness be buffered...Read More »
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“Gail and family,I imagine there is no worse time than the loss of a mother. Please accept my sincere condolences and may the memories sustain all of...Read More »
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“Gail, sorry to hear for your step mother's passing. She lived a long good life. ”
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ANDERSON, Mary Dermott (Strickland), 92, beloved wife of the late Homer G. Anderson, died peacefully in her sleep on February 1, 2018, at the Seabury Retirement Community in Bloomfield, CT. A life-long Connecticut resident, Mary was born in Manchester Hospital to William and Mary (Collins) Dermott. She was raised in East Hartford, and was Valedictorian of her high school class of 1942. After attending Hillyer College (now part of the University of Hartford), she became the Executive Secretary to the Superintendent of Schools and the Board of Education in East Hartford. Following her marriage to Arthur M. Strickland in 1949, the couple moved to Norwalk, CT, where Mary became the Office Manager and Treasurer for the American subsidiary of British shoe manufacturer C&J Clarke, Ltd. When they returned to East Hartford, Mary was a stay-at-home mother until Arthur’s death in 1962. Always resourceful, Mary familiarized herself with legal terminology before becoming an Executive Secretary at the law firm Robinson and Cole in Hartford from 1963 until her marriage to Homer Anderson in 1965. Combining their two families in Windsor, Mary went from being a mother of two children to the mother of six. Mary became an active, dedicated member of Trinity United Methodist Church in Windsor in 1965, where she served as a member or chairperson of several social service-oriented and spiritual committees. She was also devoted to the Windsor Independent Living Association (WILA), an organization dedicated to providing residential and vocational services for adults with intellectual disabilities. Mary served on the Board of Directors from 1980 to 1985, and both she and Homer were strong advocates for the creation of this very first group home of its kind in Windsor. More recently, Mary served on the Vinfen Family Advisory Board in Windsor, and received an award for her dedication to this agency, which also provides services to adults with intellectual disabilities. Mary is survived by her son, Mark Strickland of Melrose, MA; Leslie Strickland of Windsor, Peter Anderson and wife Tamara of Cincinnati, OH; Gail Anderson of East Hartford, Lynne Platt and husband James of Rocky Hill, and Mark Anderson and wife Josefina of San Antonio, TX, as well as six grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews. A Memorial Service will be held on Tuesday, February 6, 2018 at 11:00 AM at Trinity United Methodist Church, 180 Park Avenue, Windsor. Following a reception at the church, there will be a private burial at Riverside Cemetery in Windsor. Memorial gifts may be made to the the Lion’s Club of Windsor, which did so much to help Mary adapt to her vision loss, the Windsor Independent Living Association, or Trinity United Methodist Church.