Shirley Y. Hodgdon, 78, longtime volunteer, active in community

Shirley Y. Hodgdon, 78, of Ridgefield, passed away on October 16.

She was born in Fayetteville, North Carolina and moved to Ridgefield in 1968 with her late husband, Theodore A. Hodgdon, Jr.

She was a loving wife and mother, and supported her children in all their endeavors.

Her vast community involvement included volunteering at the Keeler Tavern, serving as a leader in the Ridgefield Woman's Club, the PTA, the Eastern Airlines Wives Club and the Ridgefield Tiger Hockey Association.

An avid gardener, she sought out opportunities to contribute her talents to projects around town, notably the gazebo at Ballard Green.  She had a knack for crafts and shared her artistic expertise in orchestrating the Ridgefield Woman's Club Annual Craft Fair for many years.

She worked for ProntoAire and Aviation International News at Danbury Municipal Airport.  She loved going to the movies, shopping, eating out and enjoying her many friends and family.  Although she lived in Ridgefield most of her adult life, she never lost her flair for hospitality and her North Carolina charm — she was a genuine Southern Belle.

She was predeceased by her husband in 1983, her parents Rudyard and Lois Young and her sister Jeanette Miller.  She is survived by her son, Theodore A. Hodgdon, III and wife, Kathryn; her daughter, Victoria H. Tod and husband, Robert; grandchildren, Collin, Teddy, Jared and Hannah, and sisters Joyce Owen and Patricia Gassaway.

Friends will be received at the Kane Funeral Home, 25 Catoonah St. in Ridgefield on Saturday, October 19, from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. concluding with a prayer service at 4:30 p.m.

Funeral services will take place in North Carolina at Rogers & Breece Funeral Home and burial at Lafayette Memorial Park in Fayetteville.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the Arthritis Foundation at or Meals on Wheels of Ridgefield at