Marshall named ‘Sweetheart of Year’


ANSONIA — Sharon Marshall of Greenville was named the Ansonia Senior Citizens’ Sweetheart of the Year this year.

Presenting her with her flowers, card and candy was Treva Hamilton, president, in the presence of others.

The new sweetheart is the former Sharon Marshall, who was raised in the Greenville area. She graduated from high school in Greenville in 1960.

“I went to Washington Township School in grade school,” she said.

Marshall is a former employee of Greenville Athletic, where she worked in the shirt/pants department, shipping, lettering and even filled in for the office. As a second job, she worked part-time for Hannah’s and Rehmert’s garden centers.

She said she has been retired about 12 years.

She is the mother of Debbie Bryson of Ansonia and Doug Marshall of New Paris, and has six grandchildren, three stepgrandchildren, five great-grandchildren and three stepgreat-grandchildren.

Marshall has been a member of the Ansonia Senior Citizens for 4 1/2 years and was vice president all those years, and has filled in as president and secretary.

“I do a lot of decorating in the club meeting room,” she said.

Marshall indicated she is also a member of the Greenville Area Senior Citizens Card Club.

In her spare time and in addition to playing cards for the two clubs, she has been active in the Rossburg United Methodist Church since 1995. She is the church financial secretary, has played the pianos and organ the last 12 years and helps with the various activities in the church, including noodle-making and the pot pie supper.

In the past, she belonged to the Ansonia Swinging 8’s and the Treaty squares, doing round and square dancing.

“We went to a lot of conventions,” she said. “I enjoy dancing. I made all of their outfits in the 1970s and 1980s. I have always been known as a holiday decorator for my home inside and outside.”

Marshall enjoys crocheting, working word puzzles, being outside and ’50s music.

“And, I enjoy helping everybody else,” she added.

Marshall, who will celebrate her 75th birthday on April 11, said church is her big priority but she also likes to visit nursing homes.

“I was brought up on a farm in Sharpeye,” said Marshall, daughter of the late Edward and Dorothy Howell. “I helped my dad farm. Growing up, I attended the Nashville United Methodist Church and sang in the choir.”

By Linda Moody

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