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Shirley Guilmette


1922 - 2012 | Obituary Condolences
Shirley (Randall) Guilmette of Portland passed away peacefully on Wednesday (November 21, 2012). She was born December 16, 1922 to the late Harold and Edith (Hopkins) Randall and was a life long resident of Portland except for eight years at Upper Dam, Maine.
Shirley graduated from Portland High School with the class of 1940 where she was active in the early development of the "girl's sports" programs. Later that year she married her husband of 63 years, the late Ernest A.Guilmette.
She enjoyed the company of friends both in and out of the Portland Senior Center; playing cards with "the girls," the weekly ten pin bowling league and occasional bus trips. She lived comfortably alone in her own home until a stroke took away her independence one week before her 89th birthday.
Her spirit however remained hers until the end and will remain in the hearts of her family and friends forever. In addition to her parents and husband, she was predeceased by her brothers;Howard, Walter and Richard Randall, and sisters, Phyllis Rowe and Betty Moran.
She is survived by her daughter Tina Doolan and her husband John of Stuart, Florida and her three sons and their wives, Paul & Alice, Randall & Joan and Donald & Laurie, all of Portland. In addition to her children, she leaves eleven grandchildren and their spouses, twenty great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews including a special niece, Laurie Greico of Richmond, Virginia.
The family would like to thank the staff and residents of Greystone Retirement Home for the kindnesses bestowed upon Shirley over the past ten months and sincere gratitude to the many angels in the Hospice Unit of Middlesex Memorial Hospital for the comfort granted to her and her loved ones during her final transition.
A memorial celebration of Shirley's life will be held on Saturday December 8, 2012 at 11AM at Portland Memorial Funeral Home, 231 Main St., Portland. Relatives and friends may call on Saturday from 10AM until the time of the service at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you consider a memorial donation to the Middlesex Hospital Hospice Unit, 28 Crescent St., Middletown, Ct. 06457.
To send an online expression of sympathy, please visit www.portlandmemorialfh.net
Published in The Middletown Press on Nov. 24, 2012
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