SELLECK, Alison Dyer
Alison Dyer Selleck, 95, of Newington, CT, passed from this life on July 20, 2010, after battling pneumonia. She was born in her family home at 82 Willard Avenue on November 15, 1914, to Margaret Comstock and Harold Ingalls Dyer. She was married to Raymond Walter Selleck of Stamford, CT. They met at Gaylord Farms Sanatorium in Wallingford, CT, during their recovery from TB, which was prevalent at the time. They built a home at 641 Willard Avenue in the 1940's. The land on which the house sits was purchased from E. Welles Eddy. Alison's father was employed by Mr. Eddy as a stock trader, in his business in Hartford, CT. Items from the Dyer household were donated to the Kellogg Eddy House and Museum in Newington. Alison was predeceased by her husband Raymond, called "Bud", her two sisters Margaret Belcourt and Constance Hamm, her brother Howard Dyer, and her closest friend Hazel Donsbough. She is survived by her son, Stephen Walter Selleck of Rocky Hill, CT; and her daughter Judith Selleck Chapman of Old Lyme, CT. Alison was an aunt to many surviving nieces and nephews. Growing up in Newington's early days, Alison attended a one room schoolhouse on Willard Ave. at the corner of Willard and Stoddard Avenues. Later she attended Miss Marchand's Cambridge Secretarial School and then found a position at the Hartford Fire Insurance Company in the stock transfer department. In her middle years, Alison attended the University of CT for training to become a library aide. For many years she worked at the Lucy Robbins Welles Library in the children's and reference rooms and drove the library's bookmobile to the far reaches of town. In the words of family members, Alison was a gift to all she came in contact with. She could really listen. She had a wonderful laugh and positive attitude toward life. She was medicine. Her life brought her great joys and heartaches which she managed with unusual grace, humor and poetry. She was a good and true mother. The family would like to thank her caregiver friends Mary Okon, Donna Lawde and Eleanor Embler as well as the staff of Aaron Manor Nursing Home in Chester, CT. Relatives and friends are invited to attend her memorial service on Thursday, August 19, 2010, at 11 a.m. at the Grace Episcopal Church, 124 Maple Hill Ave., Newington, CT, with the Rev. Jane White-Hassler officiating. Interment will be prior to the service on Aug. 19th at 10:15 a.m. at Center Cemetery, corner of Main St. and Cedar St. Donations can be made to the Lucy Robbins Welles Library, 95 Cedar St., Newington, CT 06111, or earmarked for The Bishop's Fund for Children at The Episcopal Diocese of CT, 1335 Asylum St., Hartford, CT 06105 to help needy children throughout CT. Newington Memorial Funeral Home, 20 Bonair Ave., Newington, is serving the family. To share a memory with the family, please visit us at www.newington memorial.com.