Miriam Chandler Hett, 92, caring mother, cheerful friend

Miriam Chandler Hett, 92, passed away on Feb. 20 at her home in Darien.

She was born on April 11, 1920, in Somerville, Mass., and was raised in Greenwich. She moved to Darien in 1954 to raise a young family of her own and was a Darien resident for 59 years.

She was a graduate of Rosemary Hall in 1938 and Shorts Secretarial School. She was a personal secretary to Caroline Ruutz-Rees, the first headmistress of Rosemary Hall, and worked at Atlas Powder in Stamford, Goodall Fabrics in New York City, and until 2003, Harold R. Mull Bell and Associates Acoustics in various locations in Fairfield County.

She was a class agent for her graduating class at Rosemary Hall. She was a charter member of both the Darien Senior Center and St. Thomas More Church in Darien and served as a committee member for the Darien/New Canaan chapter of AARP.

Ms. Hett is being remembered as a gentle, kind, caring, cheerful woman and mother. She spent 15 years as a Girl Scout leader and enjoyed playing bridge, stamp collecting, needlepoint, and quilt making.

She was the daughter of the late George Edward and Mary Graham Chandler. She was predeceased in 1999 by her husband of 49 years, lifelong Darien resident James Francis Hett. She is survived by her daughter, Marilyn P. Hett, and son-in-law, Richard Gill, of St. Petersburg, Fla., and her son, Jim Hett, of Darien. She is also survived by her youngest brother, George E. Chandler Jr. of Fayetteville, N.C., and was predeceased by her sister Irene, her brother Edward, and her sister Jean Morey.

Her family received friends on Friday, March 1, at the Edward Lawrence Funeral Home in Darien. A Mass of Christian Burial was performed the next day at St. Thomas More Church in Darien. Interment was at St. John’s Cemetery in Norwalk.

Memorial contributions may be made to Explorer Post 53, Zero Ledge Road, Darien CT 06820, or St. Thomas More Church, 374 Middlesex Road, Darien CT 06820.


—by the staff

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