Shirley Manchester  Bell

Shirley H Manchester Bell (Millard)

Tuesday, September 15th, 2020
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Swansea – Shirley H. (Millard) Manchester Bell, 97 of Swansea, MA., died Tuesday September 15, 2020 at home.

She was the wife of the late Ralph E. Manchester and also the late William Bell.

She was born in Providence, the daughter of the late Errol B. and Emily A. (Peterson) Millard.

Shirley was a Home Health Aide for many years.

She has lived in Swansea since 1987 coming from the Touisset section of Warren. She was a member of the former St. Mark’s Church in Warren.

She was a member of the Eastern Star for over 50 years, a member of the Roger Williams – Rumford Grange for over 75 years, and she just received her 75 year pin from them.
Shirley enjoyed playing cards, travelling, working on jig saw puzzles and was an avid fisherman.

She is survived by her children Shirley Lawson of Rumford, Walter A. Manchester of Dunnellon Florida, Arthur E. Manchester of Providence and Robert E. Manchester of Waterford, Vt.

Shirley was the grandmother of 17 and the great grandmother of many.

Her funeral services will be private. She will be buried in South Burial Ground in Warren.

Calling hours and flowers are omitted.

Gifts in her memory may be made to the Roger Williams – Rumford Grange, C/O Shirley Lawson, 120 Wilson Avenue, Rumford, RI, 02916.

Arrangements by SMITH FUNERAL and MEMORIAL SERVICES, Warren.
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Robert Tyler Jr

Posted at 08:13pm
Very sorry to hear of Shirley's passing . I have many memories of the friendship she had with my family for years. She will never be forgotten. Bob Tyler Jr.

Jan McIntyre-Ba

Posted at 09:54am
I'm so sorry for your loss. I enjoyed Shirley's company while at Martha Washington Chapter meeting. Keep your memories of her close in your hearts, and she'll never really be gone.

Gary Manchester

Posted at 07:10am
Both my grandmother’s were over my house at the time and my mother’s mom had given up on trying to teach me how to tie my shoes, she was trying to show me the bunny ears method with my shoe on the table and I was having none of it...
Grammy told me to put my shoes on and brought me outside, plopped me on my bum in the grass and showed me the one loop and fish around method with my shoes on. For some reason my tiny brain liked that
way better.

Joseph DeBritto III Posted at 07:28am

She showed me that method too Gary she loved to tell it with the bunny in the hole . She had such a way of making things fun and laughable .

Nathan Forde Posted at 04:20pm

❤️ I love the fond memory that you shared. Our thoughts go out to you and all your family in this time of sadness, I’m personally greatful for having the Manchester connection in our lives. Her memory lives on in the kindness and warmth that we are blessed to be a part of.
D Posted at 11:07am

You were a southpaw, don't feel bad, I didn't even remember that myself. Your Grammy was like Ruth Bader Ginsberg, always a lady, not perfect but a very good lady. I will always keep her dear to my heart, MOM
D Posted at 11:10am

I had forgotten all about that, You were a Southpaw, nothing wrong about that. Grammy was always a lady and a good women. Will miss her and always keep her memories dear to my heart. Love MOM

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