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Sandra Shiflett Dies in Oakville


OAKVILLE—Sandra (Johnson) Shiflett, 90, of Oakville, formerly of Kent, passed away peacefully Dec. 15, 2023, at the Complete Care at Middlebury. She was the wife of the late Randol E. Shiflett.

She was born in New Haven on Oct. 12, 1933, to the late William and Kathryn (Peters) Johnson and lived in her ancestral home in the Macedonia section of Kent for many years before moving to Templeton Farms in 2015 where she enjoyed the company of the Templeton Farms community. 

She graduated from Hillhouse High School and went on to study physical education at Sargent College in Boston, where she earned her bachelor’s degree in 1955. 

She enjoyed being outdoors and participating in different sports that included lacrosse, fencing and horseback riding. Sandra was involved in Girl Scouts both as a young camper and later as a Girl Scout leader and camp director. She fulfilled her Girl Scout career as the director at Camp An-Se-Ox in Oxford in 1978. 

Not only did she enjoy summer campouts but winter camping as well, but her true passion was travel. Later in life, she and her mother made trips abroad to France, England, Scotland, Germany, Italy and Greece. Sandra earned her credentials as a travel agent and continued to travel to Russia, Morocco, Kenya, Scandinavia, Iceland, Ireland and across the United States and Canada. In addition to travel, she enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren, cooking gourmet meals, shopping, and reading both fiction and non-fiction novels.

She is survived by her brother, William Johnson, and his wife, Maryanne, of Wall, N.J.; her sisters-in-law, Barbara Johnson, of Prospect, and Eleanor Johnson, of Monmouth Beach, N.J.; her three daughters; Deborah Shiflett, of Kent, Cynthia Barrett, of Sequim, Wash., and Judith Lynch and her husband Jeff, of Oakville; four grandchildren, Dillion Fitton and his wife, Jenny, of Orlando Fla., Elizabeth Fitton, of West Barnstable, Mass., Deanna Lynch, of Middletown, and Kathryn Lynch, of Orlando, Fla.; one great-grandson; Julian Fitton, of Orlando, and many nieces, nephews, and cousins. She was predeceased by her brother, Gerald Johnson, her nephew, Robert Johnson, and son-in-law, Larry Barrett.

The family wishes to send their deepest appreciation to all the healthcare professionals and staff at Complete Care at Middlebury for their kindness and compassionate care of Sandra. The family also wishes to extend their gratitude to the comfort care professionals at Hospice.
A celebration of life will be held in the spring at the convenience of the family. The Casey-O’Neill Funeral Home and Cremation Care, 742 Main St., Oakville, is in charge of arrangements. Please visit the funeral home’s tribute page to leave messages of condolence.

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