Groton - Mildred M. (Fenton) Nesfield, 99, of 4 Governor's Circle, Groton, went home to the Lord Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2012, at the Mystic Rehabilitation Center.
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Mrs. Nesfield was born on Dec. 12, 1912, in Bocas del Toro, Panama, the daughter of Charles and Ethel (Dawes) Fenton. She was married on June 13, 1942, in Ancon, Canal Zone, Panama to the late Wilbert J. Nesfield who passed away Oct. 12, 1981.
She attended Canal Zone schools and later took a few courses in arts and crafts and found passion in cake decorating. She loved taking the confectioner's sugar and making art pieces for her cakes. She was known throughout the Latin American communities (Canal Zone) for her wedding cakes. Upon her husband's retirement from the Canal Zone, they moved to Dover, N.H., then to Groton to be closer to their daughter.
"Millie" as she was fondly called by her friends and "Tia" by her family, loved traveling, dancing to calypso and salsa music and attended many Quadrille dances with her husband. She also loved cooking Caribbean and Hispanic dishes to share with all. Most of all Millie had a generous heart, was a good listener and was always there for her family and friends.
Interestingly, her name is derived from an Old English name which means "gentle strength" and that was what she infused in many lives she touched. She gave them something no money could buy, her love and guidance. She often read the Bible and she could quote many verses. The loving and doting mom and grandma could be seen with her daughter at many of her grandchildren's school and sporting events.
She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Amanda and Henry L. Beckford Sr., of Groton; three grandsons, Henry Jr., Jamal and Tristan Beckford; her sister, Carmen Taylor; and brother, Alphonso Kirton of Panama City, Panama; as well as a host of nieces, nephews and friends.
She was predeceased by four sisters, Olga, Mavis, Silvia and Geraldine; and four brothers, Harold, Sterling, Vivian and Cleveland.
Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday, at the Byles-Groton Memorial Home, 310 Thames St., Groton. There will be a visiting hour from noon to 1 p.m. prior to her service. Her burial will follow in the Colonel Ledyard Cemetery in Groton.
In lieu of flowers, her family requests that donations in her memory be directed to the
, P.O. Box 417005, Boston, MA 02241-7005
Please visit www.byles.com for directions, to sign the guest book or to share a memory.
Published in The Day on Nov. 24, 2012