Dorothy C. Hill

October 2, 1939 - April 25, 2019

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Dorothy's family will celebrate her life with a family service later in June.

Dorothy C. Hill, 79, beloved mother and grandmother, died peacefully on April 25, 2019 at the Gosnell Memorial Hospice House in Scarborough.

Dorothy was born on October 2, 1939 in Beaver Falls, NY the daughter of Frank and Dorothy (Tolhurst) Gavigan.

Dorothy married her husband Walter on June 13, 1959 and shared over 50 years of marriage and Together they nurtured and raised three children, John, Laura, and Lisa. For many years they made their home in Gouverneur, NY and moved to Maine in 1998-they then moved back to New York in 2008. Dorothy returned to Maine in 2017.

They enjoyed traveling around the beautiful New England states and residing in North Myrtle Beach, NC during the winters. Both Dorothy and Walter loved going to the beach and sightseeing for dolphins and whales.

Dorothy was a homemaker who raised her children and then raised the children of family friends. She loved coffee and conversation with neighbors and friends. Dorothy enjoyed music and was a member of the community band where she played the flute and also played piano.  She was a longtime member of the Kiwanis Club.

Dorothy was a talented and skilled seamstress; she made clothes for her children and grandchildren. She was well versed in the kitchen and loved to have her family together for the holidays. First and foremost was Dorothy’s love of her family and grandchildren. Family reunions were a great treat for her.

For the past few years, Dorothy has faced illnesses and declining health. Through it all, she has been surrounded in love with her family by her side. Her memory and life lessons will be honored and shared with a family service later in June. She will be dearly missed by her children and grandchildren.

She is lovingly survived by her children, John Hill and wife Kathy Maronski of Downingtown PA; Laura Hill and husband Joseph Romano of Limington, ME; and Lisa Mason and husband Chris Mason of Fort Saskatchewan, AB Canada; her six grandchildren, Eric and Lauren Hill of Pennsylvania; Amanda Tanner of New York; Kevin Mason of Virginia; and Megan and Jacob Romano of Maine; her two brothers, James and Leon Gavigan and several nieces and nephews.

Dorothy was predeceased by her husband, Walter J. Hill and by her brother, Fred Gavigan.

The Autumn Green Funeral Home is respectfully handling arrangements.


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