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DILL, Lois Martin Age 91, died peacefully at home with family in Cambridge, MA, on March 31. Lois was born in Yale, MI, the fifth of six children of Robert Gray Martin and Sarah Jane Houghton Martin, formerly of Kindersley Saskatchewan. She was the last surviving sibling of Houghton Martin, Helen Martin Burns, Margaret Martin Jameson Correll, Beatrice Martin Frogge, and Joyce Martin Thompson Michalski Williamson. Lois grew up in Yale, MI and served as a Navy Wave during World War II. Following discharge, she moved to Boston where she attended Katharine Gibbs School, worked for Houghton Mifflin Publishing, and met her future husband, Frederic E Dill of Plymouth, MA. They married, moved to Hartford, CT, and until 1995 lived in the greater Hartford area (East Windsor, Windsor Locks, Bloomfield, Simsbury, Canton), where they raised three children and were members of the First Baptist Church in West Hartford. In 1995 they built a home in Staunton, VA, overlooking the Shenandoah Valley, and lived there together until Fred's death in 2007. In Staunton they were members of Covenant Presbyterian Church. In 2013, Lois moved to Cambridge, MA to be near her daughters, and lived at Youville House and attended First Church Cambridge. Lois was a Master Gardener and a lifelong participant in civic affairs and environmental advocacy. She is survived by her children, Diana Dill of Belmont, MA, Deborah Dill and Vance Gilbert of Arlington, MA, and Jonathan and Pat Bush Dill of Monticello, KY, formerly of East Hartland, CT. Also grandchildren, Jonathan and Vanessa Dill of Floyds Knobs, IN, Heather and Jason Concepcion of Bloomfield, CT, and Sarah-Eve Dill of Belmont, MA, and great grandchildren, Tristan Dill and Conner Griggs. Also numerous beloved nephews and nieces and their children, and friends throughout the country. A memorial service will be held Sunday, April 3 at 3:30 at First Church Cambridge, 11 Garden Street, Cambridge, MA. A burial service will be held on Monday, April 4 at 1:00 at Oak Grove Cemetery, Plymouth, MA. Memorial donations may be made to First Church Cambridge: Friday Café (http://www.firstchurchcambridge.org/friday-cafe). For online condolences, please visit www.keefefuneralhome.com.
Published in The Boston Globe on Apr. 3, 2016
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