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Hilda S. Allen

HANOVER, NH Hilda Susan Moon Sisk Allen died in her sleep, May 6, 2010, shortly after her 92nd birthday. Daughter of John H. Moon and Lena Babcock Moon, she was born in Petersburgh, N.Y., where her family had lived since 1784. She attended the Petersburgh village school, and graduated as valedictorian from Hoosick Falls (N.Y.) High School in 1935. She attended the Music School of the College of Fine Arts at Syracuse University, where she was a member of Alpha Xi Delta and Sigma Alpha Iota sororities.

On July 6, 1939, she married Dr. Henry L. Sisk, and lived at various Army postings during his service in World War II. Daughter Margaret Berry (Molly) was born in 1945. She divorced Dr. Sisk in 1946, and returned to Petersburgh. She taught in rural elementary schools from 1946 to 1950, when she married Henry P. Allen (Dartmouth '44).

Hilda lived in Petersburgh until 1979, where she served as Town Clerk, Town Historian, Election Inspector, and founding trustee of the Petersburgh Public Library. She lived in Bennington, Vt., from 1979 to 2000, where she was active in St. Peter's Episcopal Church, the Bennington Museum, and the Old First Church. Her interest in genealogy led to the publication of two books: "Families of Petersburgh," and with Doris L. Moon, "Descendants of Robert Moone of Boston and Newport."

She entered Kendal in May of 2000. Music was always an important part of her life, and she gave joy to many through her piano playing and singing. In later years she was almost totally blind, but continued to play the piano whenever she could.

She was predeceased by Henry Allen, who died Jan. 7, 1997.

She leaves her daughter, Margaret "Molly" Allen and her husband, Stanley W. Brown, of West Lebanon (N.H.); two step-granddaughters and three step-great-grandchildren.

FUNERAL NOTICE: Services will be held in Petersburgh at a later date. Memorial gifts may be made to St. Barnabas Church, Norwich, VT, or the Petersburgh (N.Y.) Public Library.

To view an online memorial or send a message of condolence, please visit www.rand-wilson.com

Arrangements are under the direction of the RAND-WILSON FUNERAL HOME of Hanover, NH.

Published in Bennington Banner on May 7, 2010
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