Swan Funeral Home

80 East Main Street, Clinton, CT


Shirley Jean Hall

August 30, 1940November 27, 2019

Shirley Jean Hall, of Clinton, CT passed away unexpectedly on Wednesday, 11/27/19 at Saint Francis Hospital from heart complications.

She was born 8/30/40 in Albemarle, NC to Webb and Dorothy Poplin. The highlight of her youth was being raised by her grandparents, Crowell and Mary Belle Poplin on their farm in New London, NC. Shirley had previously resided in Charlotte, NC before settling in Clinton to raise her family. While in Charlotte, she earned an Associate Degree in Business Administration. Shirley was employed by Chesebrough Ponds (Unilever) in the finance department from 1976, retiring in 2007. She was a member of the Westbrook Elks Lodge where she volunteered for many events and enjoyed lunches with her friends. She was a lifelong sports fan, always rooting for the UNC Tarheels, New York Yankees, and Dallas Cowboys. She was thrilled to recently attend a ballgame at Yankee stadium with her grandson and son, and cherished trips to CA and FL with her girls. She always made her presence known with her vibrant energy, sparking a conversation with anyone in her path. Shirley was a true Southern belle who made the most amazing meals to be shared with friends and family. “Nana” was a constant vision on the sideline of her grandchildren’s sporting events and activities, always cheering them on.

Shirley is survived by her daughters Tonya Lager and husband Joel of Beverly Hills, CA, Mitzi Tuttle and husband John of East Hampton, CT, son Jason Hall of East Hampton, CT, grandchildren Johnathan Tuttle of Brooklyn, NY, Abigayle Tuttle of Columbia, MD, and Avery Hall of East Hampton, CT. She was predeceased by her brothers Harold and Jerry Poplin.

Visitation hours are Wednesday, December 4th from 6:00-8:00PM and a memorial service Thursday December 5th at 10:00AM, both at Swan Funeral Home in Clinton. In lieu of flowers, consider donations on her behalf to Vietnam Veterans Chapter #270, 106 Flanders Rd. Niantic, CT 06357.


  • Calling Hours Wednesday, December 4, 2019
  • Memorial Service Thursday, December 5, 2019


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Jane Ponterotto

December 6, 2019

I always looked forward to visits at the Halls & how Shirley Jean always made me feel welcomed by her warm & generous spirit. She will be missed.

Deborah Hayden Burr

December 4, 2019

I will always cherish my teenage years partly because of your family. Shirl was always such a bright light, warm and loving, with an infectious laugh and probably a wicked sense of humor ! I spent many sleepovers (with a few sneakouts!) and will always think of her when I see grits on a menu! You kids are especially in my heart. Losing your mom is unfathomable. Tonya, memories of our friendship will always be precious, and I can never think of you without also thinking of Shirley Jean.

Jeff and Jane Davis

December 3, 2019

Dear Mitzi ,John ,and your beautiful family. Shirley was such fun and so full of life. Her gentile soul was a treasure, it could light up the world. Find comfort in knowing Shirley , has a very special seat in heaven . We are so sad for each of you.
Our love,
Jeff and Jane Clinton, Ct.

Douglas Hanna

December 3, 2019


Words cannot express the sorrow felt.

My sincere condolences on the loss of your mom.

Doug Hanna

Patricia Whitcas

December 1, 2019

I have such a vivid memory of Mitzi and Tonya's mother from my childhood in Clinton. She was like a ray of sunshine - always so beautiful and warm...

Jan Bruegel

December 1, 2019

An absolutely unforgettable lady with whom I worked for many years. She would lift you up when you were down, make you laugh when you were ready to cry. I remember her and her many kindnesses. Most of all I remember the laughter. RIP sweet lady!

Ann Deming

November 30, 2019

I only knew Shirely from work but whenever I saw her she was always smiling and usually walking during lunch. May your memories of her stay in your hearts and keep her close to you always.