Mary-Anne (Sheflott) Hall
1937 - 2021
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New London - Mary-Anne Hall (Sheflott), 83, died peacefully Feb. 21, 2021, at her historic home with her children by her bedside. Mary-Anne was born Oct. 15, 1937, in New London the daughter of Helen Gilmore and Leonard Sheflott.

She was predeceased by her parents; and siblings, George, Ina and Leonard. Mary-Anne is survived by son Steven Hall (Marie) of Coventry; daughter Charmian Valante (Michael) of Westport; and grandchildren Austin Hall, Claire Hall, Olivia Valante, and Kate Valante.

Mary-Anne's childhood nickname, "Happy" stuck with her through the years. Mary-Anne grew up to be a beautiful, intelligent, and creative soul. While in her teens, she modeled in New York City. Thereafter, she went to California to attend college.

Mary-Anne met her husband, George Hall, at San Francisco State University, where she received degrees in Art and Art History. She joined the thriving artist community of Northern California in the 1960s. After her divorce, Mary-Anne returned to New London to raise her children.

Mary-Anne began her career as an art teacher at Kelly Jr. High School while also working at The Bit of San Francisco, a restaurant co-owned by her sister, Ina. Mary-Anne then moved onto the workplace she would dedicate her life to, and where she found her greatest professional joy - the Norwich Free Academy. She taught art and was the docent of the Slater Museum. Mary-Anne also led NFAs Saturday Children's Art Classes, inspiring young artists for over four decades.

Mary-Anne was an active artist and member of the Mystic Art Association. She was also a gifted writer who published the history of the Slater Museum and wrote a children's book, "Cleocatra", illustrated by her honorary son, Brian Boyce.

Mary-Anne will be remembered for her love of the arts, immense knowledge, empathy for others, good humor, and warm friendship. Condolences may be shared on Mrs. Hall's memorial page at

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Published in The Day on Mar. 3, 2021.
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March 16, 2021
She pointed me into the arts when I was in middle school and encouraged me in the arts though out high school - My life would not be what it is without her .I'm truly lucky to have had the opportunity to know her at such an early age .

Peter Olson
March 7, 2021
Mary-Anne was such a wonderful lady and colleague. When I brought my students to Slater Museum, I was amazed by her ability to remember each student’s name, even though she only saw them once or twice a year. How did she do that? She was so enthusiastic about her career, and one could tell how much she loved interacting with our students. She enriched all of our lives, just by being part of them, and will be sorely missed. My condolences to her entire family and circle of friends.
Nancy Barry
March 5, 2021
Mary-Ann was my favorite teacher at Kelly Jr High. She made all of her students feel special. I so looked forward to her art classes. She was certainly a gifted teacher. RIP beautiful lady.
March 4, 2021
Mary-Ann had the gift of spreading sunshine wherever she was. My condolences to Mary-Ann's children, grandchildren, the NFA family.
Bob Stack
March 4, 2021
She was a wonderful lady and a fantastic athlete. Happy baked me cookies during my 4/c year and "Shifty" would come into my room and steal them. Her nick name was well earned.
Aristedes Manthous
March 3, 2021
Mary-Anne was a spark of light on the NFA campus, to which students and teachers alike were drawn. I miss her.
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