Obituary: Betty Lou (Rixford) Mueller


Obit-CandleNAUGATUCK — Mrs. Betty Lou “Gant” (Rixford) Mueller, 82 of Naugatuck, passed away late Monday evening March 4, 2013 at the Beacon Brook Health Care. She was the widow of Paul Henry Mueller, who passed away Jan. 18, 2004 after over 50 years of marriage.

Mrs. Mueller was born in Newport, Vt., Aug. 5, 1930, a daughter of the late Wallace and Julia (Allen) Rixford and was educated in the Newport school system and a graduate of Newport High School. She had been a resident of Naugatuck for many years and retired from Athena Healthcare in 1995, with over 15 years of service as the food service manager at several of their Connecticut locations.

She leaves three sons, Blaine L. Mueller, Keith B. Mueller and Brian E. Mueller all of Naugatuck; one daughter-in-law, Lynn Mueller, wife of Brian; one sister, Eleanor Turgeon of Sun City, Calif.; two grandchildren, Daniel B. Mueller and Rebecca L. Mueller and one great-granddaughter, Everleigh D. Herrera and her two dogs, Toby and Penny who she loved very much.

She was predeceased by her siblings, Arlene Pickel, Marion Girourard and Robert Rixford.

Betty will always be remembered for her overwhelming love for her family. She was a wonderful caring mother and amazing grandmother. She loved nothing better than to cook for her family and watch them enjoy. She will be missed by everyone that knew her.

Private services will be held at the convenience of the family. Burial will be in Vermont in the spring. There are no calling hours.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the United Way of Naugatuck and Beacon Falls, P.O. Box 209, Naugatuck, CT 06770-0209,

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