May 21, 2016
Violet N. J. "Jean" Hill, 88, of Watertown passed away Saturday morning, May 21, 2016, at Samaritan Medical Center.
Calling hours will be held at Cummings Funeral Service, Inc., Watertown on Tuesday, May 24, from 4 - 7PM. A prayer service will be at the funeral home on Wednesday, May 25, at 9:15AM followed by the funeral mass celebrated at Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Church at 10AM. Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery.
Jean was born in Grantham, Lincolnshire, England on May 25, 1927, daughter of James and Violet Woolley Cameron and she was educated in England. On March 23, 1957 she married John Hill at St. William's Church, Bradford, Yorkshire, England. Jean had been the youngest telephone supervisor at the General Post Office in Bradford, England before her marriage. Later that year the couple moved to the U. S.
Along with her husband, she raised a family of four and ran Northern Glass Company until 1993. She was a communicant of Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Church and a member of its finance committee. She loved spending time with her family, golfing, traveling and gardening. In 2012 she organized a garden party to celebrate Queen Elizabeth's Diamond Jubilee.
Besides her husband, John, she is survived by her four children, Linda Petrie, Watertown, Laura and Rob Hughes, Wantagh, Long Island, Ian and Debbie Hill, Watertown and Sean Hill, Brooklyn; seven grandchildren, Peter Hatch, Erin Hatch, Christine Petrie, Christopher Hill, Stephanie Farmer, Patricia Hughes and John Hughes; and two great grandchildren, Caleb Price and Mason Farmer; three nieces, two nephews and several cousins. Her sister, Margaret McDonald, died before her. Jean was a wonderful lady and admired by all.
Donations may be made in her name to either Sacred Heart Foundation, 668 Thompson St. or Special Religious Education Program, c/o Sr. Diane Marie Ulsamer, S.S.J., 1 Sterling Place, both in Watertown, NY 13601. Online condolences in Jean's name may be made at www.cummingsfuneral.com.