SPRINGFIELD - Shirley Maynard Moore Bresett, 89, of Stuart, Va., and former longtime resident of Springfield, died peacefully March 12, 2012, at Pioneer Hospital.
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She was born in Proctor on Jan. 19, 1923, the middle daughter of Nina (Norton) and Maynard Cleveland Moore. She grew up in Middlebury and graduated from Middlebury High School in 1941. In 1944, she completed her studies at Mary Fletcher Hospital School of Nursing. After her graduation, she pursued her Bachelor of Science degree in nursing at the University of Vermont. With the end of World War II and the safe return of the love of her life, she and Russell G. Bresett were married Aug. 22, 1945, in the Springfield Congregational Church. After a brief time living in New London, Conn., they returned to Springfield where they resided until the death of her husband in January 2008. At that time, she moved to Worcester where she lived with her loving daughter and son-in-law eventually relocating to her home in Stuart, Va., in August of 2008.
She worked as a nurse in the Porter Hospital in Middlebury and the Springfield Hospital both in the emergency room and later as the head nurse of the medical/surgical unit. With the opening of the Springfield Health and Rehabilitation Center she became the director of nursing services until her retirement. During her retirement, she especially enjoyed becoming involved in her church. She completed the Stevens Ministry Program and for a number of years helped to organize the annual church bazaar. It was during this period in her life that she rekindled her love for painting and needlework. She was an avid gardener and spent many hours in her gardens in Vermont and more recently with her daughter in Virginia, where her creations live on. She is remembered fondly for her sour cream cookies, her comfortable lap, hours of reading and beautiful smile. Shirley loved her family and friends. Her happiest memories were of the wonderful times she spent with all she loved.
Surviving is her only daughter, Sherry (Bresett) Easterbrooks, and her husband, Russell, of Stuart, Va., her two grandsons and their companions, Christopher and Jerilynn Bathgate, of Greensboro, N.C., and Jason Bathgate and Monica Mead, of Nelson, New Zealand. Shirley Bresett ("Gigi") had three great-grandchildren, Gavin Bathgate, Lorien Bathgate and Mallory Cano-Scribner. She is also survived by her many nieces and nephews and her loving younger sister and best friend, Mildred Sheehan, of Meriden, Conn. Her husband, parents and older sister, Marion Otis, of Middlebury, predeceased her in death.
A memorial service and burial will be held this summer in Springfield. Donations in her memory may be made to the First Congregational Church - United Church of Christ, 77 Main St., Springfield, VT 05156-2999, or to the MFHSN/Scholarship Alumni Fund, Fletcher Allen Health Care, 111 Colchester Ave., Burlington VT, 05401 c/o development office.
Published in Times Argus on Mar. 23, 2012