Sylvia Dawn Atwater
1933 - 2018
Holmes-Watkins Funeral Home - Manchester
400 Main Street
Manchester, CT

Sylvia Dawn (Hanson) Atwater, 84, a 30 year resident of Manchester and Vernon, beloved mother and grandmother, passed away peacefully on Saturday, January 6, 2018 at Manchester Memorial Hospital. She was born on October 11, 1933 in Cumberland Center, Maine daughter of the late Dr. Henry and Ruth Hanson. Sylvia was a graduate of Bates College, Lewiston Maine where she majored in Biology. Sylvia spent many years doing Medical research in Boston before she relocated to Connecticut. She was employed by many local Hospitals before staying at home to raise and care for her family. Later in Sylvia's life she enjoyed her work at the South Windsor Town Library and selling Avon Products. She was an avid cat lover and enjoyed cooking, gardening and photography. As a loving grandmother she provided daycare for her grandchildren. Sylvia is survived by her daughter and caregiver Tracy Gray of Vernon, her two sons; Stephen Atwater of New York City and Scott Atwater of Clinton, CT, her three loving grandchildren; Forrest Gray, Hayden Atwater and Colleen Atwater and her former son-in-law; Fred Gray of Norwich, NY, also many nieces & nephews in the Boston area. Funeral services are private. There are no calling hours. Memorial contributions may be made to the CT. Humane Society, 701 Russell Road, Newington, CT 06111. Holmes-Watkins Funeral Home, Manchester, has care of the arrangements. To leave an online condolence please visit

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Published by Hartford Courant on Jan. 14, 2018.
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I was so very sorry to hear of Sylvia's passing. As a cousin, I am sorry that our paths did not cross more as adults. I remember her as lovely, kind person. To the family, my sincere condolences.
Elizabeth (Betsy) Prehm
Elizabeth Prehm
January 21, 2018
She was the light of her parents' life. How glowingly Aunt Ruth used to speak of her!
-Eric James Hanson
(first cousin)
Eric Hanson
January 17, 2018
May the family and friends draw comfort and endurance from the words of Hosea 13:14.
January 14, 2018
You are not alone during this time of sorrow and pain. May God give your family strength and comfort to help you endure this loss. As you remember your beloved one, the God of peace give you comfort and peace in every way. May you find Strength from the love and care that surrounds you and comfort in the memories that you shared. Please accept my sincere condolences. 2 Thessalonians 2 15,16
January 11, 2018
I am sorry for your loss. May the peace of God be with you.
January 11, 2018
Our condolences to the family. May God fulfill his promise of binding up the brokenhearted. Isa 61:1
January 11, 2018
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