Meta Willis

Stamford Advocate (Sunday) - - Obituaries / News -

Meta Willis passed May 29, 2018 in the com­fort of her home, held by fam­ily mem­bers, as she had wanted it. She was born on May 1, 1930 to Mor­ris and Frances Wein­trob. She was pre­de­ceased by her older sis­ter Riva Man­del; younger sis­ter Ellen Schor; son Clif­ford Willis, and grand­daugh­ter Ayla Mi­eth­ner. She is sur­vived by her daugh­ter El­iz­a­beth Willis and part­ner Will Miller and Catherine Marie Willis; son John Willis and his wife Pauline Brett; grand­sons Eli­jah Willis and Damien Mi­eth­ner and her son in-law Ben Quinones and great-grand­daugh­ter Sophia Quinones.

Meta grad­u­ated with a Bach­e­lor of Arts de­gree from Adel­phi Univer­sity and a Masters of Science in Ed­u­ca­tion from the Univer­sity of Bridge­port. She had a full ca­reer teach­ing el­e­men­tary school and was in­volved in cre­at­ing the Pro­ject Ex­plore Pro­gram for the Stam­ford, CT pub­lic schools. Af­ter re­tir­ing from the pub­lic schools, Meta men­tored masters level stu­dent teach­ers and taught English to Rus­sian im­mi­grants.

Many found Meta to be a de­voted long-time friend, even par­ents and early child­hood stu­dents of hers from over the years. As she was a pas­sion­ate ap­pre­ci­a­tor of the arts, she loved to paint in wa­ter color and acrylics, pho­tographed, made greet­ing cards, stitched crewel work and nee­dle point while an avid reader. She of­ten be­longed to two book clubs si­mul­ta­ne­ously, at­tended art classes at the Tully Se­nior Cen­ter, as well as, the Ben­nett Can­cer Cen­ter.

Meta sur­vived chronic Lym­phatic Leukemia for over 30 years and Pan­cre­atic can­cer for one year af­ter be­ing di­ag­nosed. Even so, she con­tin­ued her paint­ing, crewel, read­ing and watch­ing old movies. To honor her wishes, a me­mo­rial gath­er­ing will be held in a few months. Please con­tact Pauline Brett to be no­ti­fied de­tails of the me­mo­rial at pauline­brett@hot­mail.com

In lieu of flow­ers, do­na­tions can be made to the Spe­cial Olympics give. spe­cial olympics. org or The In-Sight Pho­tog­ra­phy Pro­ject

www.in­sight­pho­tog­ra­phy.org

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