Mildred H. Evensen passed away in Tuesday, February 25, at the age of 100. She was the daughter of the late Hazel and Walter Carlson of Chicago, IL. She was predeceased by her brother Donald of Blue Ridge, GA. With her husband of 30 years, Roy, she raised three children, Donna Ross (Bill) of Charlotte, NC, Thor (Eleanor) of Tesuesta, FL and Chris of Woodbury, CT. She has three grandchildren, Michael and Jeffrey Ross of NC and Leigh-anne Hartshorn of Cheshire, CT. She has 5 great grandchildren, Evensen Ross of Wilmington, NC, Delaney and William Ross III of Charlotte, NC, Emma and Brandon Hartshorn of Cheshire, CT.
Mildred retired from the Bristol Company after over 20 years of service and made many friends through her work and service to the union as secretary. She enjoyed bowling in the Bristol Co. League for many years. She was previously employed at Lewis Engineering and Chittenden Insurance in Naugatuck. Before that she ran a daycare at the Salem Lutheran Church. During her retirement she volunteered at an adult reading program, her church, and the Naugatuck Senior Center. She especially enjoyed making quilts with friends at the Hillside Covenant Church. She also enjoyed gardening and playing bridge and Scrabble with her friends and family.
Through her life, like so many her age, Mildred overcame hardships while seeing the bright side of things. She was very independent and lived alone until the middle of her 99th year. She enjoyed her family and friends greatly. Her spirit was shown throughout her life and her Midwestern up-bringing was evident to all. She instilled in her children and “can-do” attitude through education and perseverance.
Mildred enjoyed traveling with her friend, the late Betty Coe, of Wolcott, CT and the Wolcott Senior Citizens Center. She visited Mexico, the upper peninsula of Michigan, Hawaii and a memorable trip across country with her children, where she insisted on visiting every National Park and National Monument on the map. She loved spending the holidays with her family in Charlotte, and enjoyed the family reunions in Florida.
Her family would like to thank the Katherine Green of Naugatuck, for her longtime friendship and always being there to help out when needed and the late Eleanor Lawson, for her companionship and hours spent passing the time on mom’s front porch. These were very special friends and memories.
The family would also like to thank the Watermark of East hill and River Glen Health Care Center and their fine staff, for their great care during the later months of mom’s life. These are truly remarkable people! The family would also like to thank Dr. Michael Trager, Dr. Robert Matusz, and Dr. Victor Gotay, for all of their help in keeping her later years enjoyable.
There will be no services for Mildred. A private burial will take place at the family’s discretion.
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