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Mildred Clements

1926 - 2014 Obituary Condolences
Mildred Clements Obituary

Mildred "Sis" (Day) Clements, age 87, passed away on Sunday morning, April 13, 2014 at Apple Rehabilitation in Old Saybrook. Sis was born on November 28, 1926 in Bristol, Connecticut the daughter of Elmore and Lucy (Flanders) Day. She was a graduate of Bristol High School, class of 1944 and also a graduate of Lasell College, class of 1946. A summer resident of Westbrook since 1938, she became a permanent resident of the community in 1948. Sis was a librarian at the Henry Carter Hull Library as a research librarian in Clinton, the children's librarian at the Westbrook Public Library, Assistant Town Clerk in Westbrook, a nursery school teacher at the Country Nursery School in Clinton, and a member of the United Methodist Church of Clinton. She was also a substitute organist, Cherub Choir Accompanist, member of the Westbrook Library Expansion Committee and Republican Town Committee, Secretary Planning Commission, Elderly Housing Committee, Grovebeach Point Tax Collector, and Holbrook Award Winner of 2006. She led a rich and eclectic life, constantly curious and constantly in pursuit of learning, and never shy about expressing her opinions. She was passionate about nature, books, music, boating, town politics, religious doctrines, and Native American culture, to name just a few. In her earlier years, she attended power squadron classes, took divinity school courses for the layperson, and as a planning commission member, went head-to-head with developers in Westbrook. In her later years (even as late as her 80's), she decided she wanted to learn to ride horses, so she attended High Hopes Therapeutic Riding Center, and also attended classes provided by the CT State Police. Not one much affected by popular opinion, she forged her own path in life, whether it be taking in a homeless person who later saved her life or spending her last dime on a "Save the Whale" fund. She was truly the Captain of her own ship. She is survived by her daughters, Janet C. Dickey (Jeffrey) of Westbrook, Lynn Clements(Kathy Williams) of Branford, her son, John C. Clements (Michaelene Komara) of Westbrook, her grandchildren, Katherine A. Clements, Geoffrey C. Dickey, Lili H. Dickey, and Kevin J. Dickey, her sister, Joan Wilson of Nantucket, MA, and several nieces and nephews. Sis was predeceased by her brother, Elmore M. Day Jr. and her sister, Ruth D. Presti. Visitation will be held on Friday, April 18th from 5:00PM-7:00PM at the Robinson, Wright & Weymer Funeral Home, 34 Main Street in Centerbrook. Funeral services will be held on Saturday, April 19th at 10:00AM at the United Methodist Church of Clinton, 12 Commerce Street in Clinton. Burial will follow in the Cypress Cemetery in Westbrook. Memorial contributions in Sis's name may be made to the High Hopes Therapeutic Riding, Inc., 36 Towns Woods Road, Old Lyme, CT 06371 or to the Valley Shore Animal Welfare League, P.O. Box 1134, Westbrook, CT 06498. To share a memory of Sis or send a condolence to her family please visit www.rwwfh.com.

Published in The Hartford Courant on Apr. 16, 2014
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