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M. Eileen “Honey” Inman, 87, of Plainville, CT, peacefully departed this life surrounded by her grateful children on January 31, 2024. She is the daughter of the late Francis and Eileen (Moran) Webber and grew up in New London, CT, where her love of the beach and a good grinder was honed at Ocean Beach Park.
Honey graduated from Teachers College of Connecticut with a bachelor’s degree in Education and later in life while working full time, she went back to school and acquired a master’s degree in Reading. She taught in the Bristol elementary schools for over 40 years at Callen, Green Hills, Southside, and Hubble. The friendships she made in these classrooms were some of the most enduring of her life.
As a mother, Honey was tremendously involved in her children’s lives, from serving as Girl Scout Leader, PTA President, and attending every Little League game, acting or choral performance, sporting, and academic event. Without a doubt, she was the biggest cheerleader and fan of her children, and later her grandchildren - in whom she also instilled her love of movies, reading, cribbage, and “Gramma Honey’s mac and cheese.” Honey made an effort to be present for their birthdays and many special holidays, sending personalized Christmas ornaments each year. She saw Disney for the first time with them and it was hard to tell who enjoyed it more.
Honey was a years-long member of the Hartford Bridge Club and one of her proudest achievements was earning her Life Master Player status. It’s worth noting the woman who once avoided driving on the highway was willing to drive all over New England to attend Bridge tournaments. She faithfully attended Our Lady of Mercy Parish in Plainville for over 50 years, was an avid knitter, constant reader, feisty cribbage player (yet patient Cribbage teacher), and passionate “Jeopardy” watcher.
Later in life, Honey became an ardent proponent to saying yes to new things, and in the last 20 years she traveled to China, Ireland, Alaska, Florida, California, and Colorado among other places. She also became an enthusiastic motorcycle passenger, rode in a helicopter, hiked a glacier and, on her 80th birthday, ziplined. Honey knew how to have fun and she did it with her signature wit and humor.
Honey is predeceased by her brothers, Frank Webber (Olive), Ed Webber (Carol), and Robert Webber (Betty); her ex-husband and dear friend, Bob Inman; and her devoted pups, Dolly and Rags.
She is survived by her daughters, Mary “Mimi” Boucher (Glen), Helen Sweet (Bruce), and Tricia Janosy (Mark); son, Rob Inman; her loving big sister, Patricia Schwartz (Dan) of Stockbridge, MA; sister-in-law, Helen (Inman) Marchese (Bob); beloved grandchildren, Luke, Ben, and Alexandra Janosy; many fond nieces and nephews; and a lifetime of cherished friends and chosen family. Honey was known for her warm smile, sharp wit, the best hugs, and loving her children’s friends (and their children) like her own. The family would also like to thank the staff of Middlewoods of Newington, who provided loving care for the last two years.
Honey loved a good party, a competitive card game, well-manicured nails, Amazon shopping (especially for clothes), driving her convertible, going to breakfast on Sundays, the company of friends and family, and basking in the sun by the water with a book (preferably with a cold glass of wine and some potato chips). In paying tribute to the amazing life she led, spend a moment enjoying at least one of these for her in her honor. When you wear pink, please think of her and lastly: Shut up and deal (the cards).
Her family will receive relatives and friends on Tuesday, February 6th from 4pm to 6pm at Bailey Funeral Home, 48 Broad St., Plainville. A Memorial Mass will be held the following morning on Wednesday, February 7th at 11am at Our Lady of Mercy Church, 19 S Canal St., Plainville. Interment will be held immediately following at St. Joseph Cemetery in Plainville. In lieu of flowers, donations are encouraged to be made to the Plainville Public Library, where she took her children every week. Bailey Funeral Home is honored to have been entrusted with Honey’s final care and arrangements.