Bloomfield, Marjory

Marjory Miller Bloomfield of Farmington, Connecticut, passed away on May 21, 2010. She was born on September 21, 1923 in Duluth, Minnesota, and was the daughter of Ellen and Thomas Miller. Marjory’s family traveled around a lot in her younger years as her Father was a top salesman for a national firm, Package Machinery, and her Mother, of German heritage, was a concert violinist. Eventually, the family settled in Longmeadow, Massachusetts, where she and her sister, Edith, graduated from Classical High School.
Marjory then moved on to Connecticut College in New London, Connecticut, where she came to be known as “Mardi”, majored in economics, and graduated in 1945. Her real love was drama, but at the time, they offered no major in this area of the arts. Mardi headed the Drama Club, where she gained useful knowledge of all facets of the drama world, and played the lead roles in most of their major productions. Upon graduation, she moved to New York City, where she quickly became a successful professional actress, performing in Broadway plays like “A Young Man’s Fancy” and “Suds in Your Eyes”. She also toured actively with regional, Summer Stock Theater, earning lead roles in “The Gentleman Who Came to Dinner” and other hits. Additionally, she worked actively as a model for the prestigious Harry Conover agency. Several years later, she met David Dwight Bloomfield, a Yale College 1938 graduate, who had also attended Harvard Law School, and was specializing in spare parts sales at Pratt and Whitney in East Hartford, Connecticut. They were married in 1948, and Mardi moved to West Hartford to become his wife. While there, she still maintained her interest in drama, and appeared in the well-known, annual Masquers series in town. She also became a volunteer on the Welcoming Committee at the Hartford Hospital, which so well suited her enthusiastic, positive and sympathetic personality. Mardi became a member of the Hartford Junior League, where she again volunteered her talents in a number of areas. Additionally, she chaired local drives (e.g. United Way and Red Cross), and donated her time at The Children’s Home on Bloomfield Avenue. She was a gifted creative and non-fiction writer, and over the years her works (poetry, op-eds and essays) were published in “The New York Times” and “The Hartford Courant.” She received a scholarship to attend a writer’s workshop at Wesleyan College to further hone her talents in this area which she loved. She was also a devout member of Trinity Episcopal Church in Hartford since she moved to town. Mardi enjoyed her charter membership at the Hartford Golf Club for more than fifty years.

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Mardi and her husband, Dave, avidly attended and supported the arts in Hartford from their beginning days here. They both loved theater and became subscribers of the Hartford Stage Company from its inception, attending productions through their final years. They were also subscribers of several series at the Hartford Symphony, and were generous supporters of these as well. They were patrons of the arts and often visited The Wadsworth Athenaeum, Hill-Stead Museum (where Dave served on the Board), Goodspeed Opera House and the New Britain Museum of Art. Throughout much of her life, Mardi was an exceptional entertainer. She was a great cook, and enjoyed getting diverse friends together for fine food, conversation and fun. Hobbies she enjoyed with her husband included gardening at their home, sailing with friends, tennis, swimming, skiing and walking. Ebullient and sensitive, Mardi had a great sense of humor and intellect, abounding creativity and insight, and was a very loving and understanding wife, mother and friend. People often commented that “she was as beautiful on the inside as she was on the out”. Throughout her life, she was a very devoted wife to her husband Dave. In her final years, as Dave’s health was deteriorating, she dedicated herself to him as a loving companion and friend, and truly became his inspiration for life. He adored her and she adored him until the very end. She leaves behind her daughter, Lindsay Hayes, of Avon, Connecticut, and son, Brooks Collier, of Park City, Utah, who have cherished her as an exceptional Mother and irreplaceable friend. A memorial service will be held on Thursday, May 27, at 11AM at Trinity Episcopal Church, 120 Sigourney St, Hartford, CT. There will be a reception following the service, held at The Hartford Golf Club, 134 Norwood Rd., West Hartford, CT 06117 (860) 523-5229. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in memory of Marjory M. Bloomfield and sent to Connecticut College, Becker House, 270 Mohegan Ave., New London, CT 06320, or sent to Trinity Episcopal Church, 120 Sigourney St., Hartford, CT 06105. Arrangements are being held by Ahern Funeral Homes, Inc.

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