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Ruth Patricia Hill

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SUNDERLAND -- Ruth Patricia “Pat” Trefry Hill passed away on Saturday afternoon, Sept. 1, 2007, at her home in Sunderland surrounded by her husband, children and grandchildren.

She was born May 8, 1925, in Milford, Conn., the daughter of Audreta Trefry Carlisle and Homer Trefry. She spent her early childhood in Milford and Darien, Conn. The family then moved to East Dorset in September 1942 where she graduated from Burr and Burton Seminary in 1943. It was there that she met the love of her life, Stuart Macnoaghton Hill. They were married on Oct. 12, 1944. They celebrated their 62nd anniversary with their entire family last October. They settled in the Sunderland area and finally built the home of their dreams on a piece of the Hill Farm property where they raised two daughters, Sandra Hill Wilcox and Judith Hill Scheiber. Judith predeceased her in 1998.

After high school, Pat worked for a brief time at the FBI Headquarters in Washington, D.C., during the Second World War doing background checks for the bureau. It was difficult time for her as she missed her family and, in particular, her beau, Stuart.

Pat’s strong desire to be a stay-at-home mom to her two daughters had her initiate the start of a seamstress business in her home which she ran for over 50 years; affectionately known by her family as “Grady of Sunderland”, a name she received from her grandchildren. She was well known for her creative skills in dress design and she worked with many clients who came from the New York area. Much of the clothing she made for her grandchildren bears the personalized tag sewn in with great affection. She lovingly made the wedding gowns for her daughters, their bridesmaids, as well as other family members.

She had an insatiable hobby for building miniature furniture and studied under Harry Smith, a miniature craftsman. She would take the month of January off from her seamstress business and “migrate” to her basement where she designed and built all of her miniatures. She was skilled with the use of miniature lathes and the other similar equipment she skillfully mastered. Her miniatures are on display at her home in a dollhouse design and dreams.

She is survived by her husband, Stuart; a daughter Sandra Wilcox and her husband, Howard; a son-in-law, Edmund Scheiber and his wife, Jennifer; her five grandchildren, Kimberly Farrell, Craig Wilcox, Morgan Scheiber, Christina Wilcox, and Jonathan Wilcox; and her 10 great-grandchildren, Emily and Eric Owens, Gavin, Austin, Owen and Cole Wilcox, Kathryn and Ryan Farrell, and Cole and Holly Scheiber.

At her request, there will be no calling hours. A memorial service will be held at the Congregational Church, Manchester on Wednesday, Sept. 5 at 11 a.m. with a reception to follow at the church. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Manchester Health Services, Arlington Rescue Squad, or to ALS Association, P.O. Box 8178, Pueblo, CO 81008-9954, in her memory and that of her daughter Judith. Brewster Funeral Service in Manchester has been entrusted with her funeral arrangements. To send personal e-mail condolences to the family please visit www.sheafuneralhomes.com.
Published in Bennington Banner on Sept. 4, 2007
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