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Helena May Hill

February 7, 2021

Helena May HillHelena May Hill, 97, Clayton died Sunday, February 7, 2021, at Carthage Center for Rehab and Nursing where she has been a resident for several years. She didn't quite make her 98th birthday which would have been March 6.

Surviving are four children, three daughters, Sharon Bourquin and husband Robert, Nadine Hill, and Lori Jo Hill, and one son, Dale Hill, as well as six grandchildren, several great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, and cousins. Her husband, William B. Hill, died May 11, 1982. Her parents, her first born son, William Robert Hill, and her two brothers, Victor and Robert Barker, died before her.

Helena was born in Dexter on March 6, 1923, daughter of Gerald Barker and Alice Carter. The family moved to Buffalo where she grew up, attending Catholic schools. She came to Clayton every summer to visit her grandparents and great-grandparents, the Carter and Lonsway families. Helena moved to Clayton when she was eighteen.

She married William B. Hill on September 26, 1944 in Cape Vincent. They lived in Pennsylvania for a short time while Bill was working there, but returned to Clayton where she spent the remainder of her life until her move to the nursing home.

Helena graduated from Pauline's School of Beauty, Watertown and for several years worked as a hairdresser until she was forced to give up her career due to health problems. She then went on to start a new journey as gift shop manager for the Thousand Islands Museum where she worked for seventeen years. She was very creative and made most of the items sold in the gift shop. Helena was well known in Clayton for the beautiful baby outfits and sweaters that she crocheted, something she learned when she was eight years old. She retired at age 72 but continued to make and give away many beautiful crocheted items. Helena was an avid reader, often finishing at least two books a week, continuing this pastime while in Carthage. She enjoyed watching sports on television, especially baseball and she was a communicant of St. Mary's Church.

Due to the current Covid situation, there will be no funeral or calling hours. A private memorial service will be held in the summer at the family's convenience. Arrangements are entrusted with Cummings Funeral Service, Inc., Clayton and online condolences may be posted at www.cummingsfuneral.com. Donations in her name may be made to Thousand Islands Museum, PO Box 27, Clayton, NY 13624.


#9 Susan Brownell 2021-02-13 17:09
May she rest in peace.
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#8 Chere Dunn 2021-02-11 20:05
So sorry for your loss. I have many wonderful memories of her and mom and our visit. She was a wonderful woman.
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#7 Caryl Mallette 2021-02-11 08:27
Bobby, Sharon, Dale, Nadine, Lori and families:: I am very sorry to read about your Mom. Everyday when I drive by I think of you all. Sending hugs to all. Rest in Peace Mrs Hill.
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#6 Jimbrabant 2021-02-11 07:11
Helena was our family’s friend and my mother’s best friend. She stood up for my mother many times. We were neighbors for years, always got along great! Rest In Peace to a Great Lady!
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#5 Georgeen Clarke 2021-02-10 15:29
"Helene" Hill, as I knew her, was a treasured friend in our Pat & Korleen Marshall family household over the years. I send my heartfelt condolences to Sharon, Nadine, Lori, Dale and the rest of her family and friends who will, I'm sure, miss her physical presence. I consider it a gift to have such wonderful memories of one of the sweetest women I had the good fortunate to know! Keep your memories close to your heart!
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#4 Jeffrey Myers 2021-02-10 14:47
So sorry to hear of Helena's passing. Everytime I went to the nursing home she would be sitting out front and woud tell them all that I was her cousin. Helena was my mom (sandy myers) best friend and cousin. I will miss seeing her at the nursing home. And I will always cherish the beautiful dollies she had made and gave to me. RIP
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#3 Dawn Turck Willmert 2021-02-10 09:09
So sorry to hear . My condolences to you all. Remember spending a lot of time at the house with Lori always feeling welcome. My prayers are with you all. God bless.
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#2 Nancy Keziah 2021-02-09 23:29
So sorry to hear the news. Mrs.Hill was always so kind to me. She taught me how to play "Bingo", had many laughs at her kitchen table and marveled at her crochet skills. Great memories to cherish!
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#1 Scott Aubertine 2021-02-09 20:36
My condolences to the family. Helena was a kind and caring lady.
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