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Hildamay Clements

Exeter, New Hampshire

Feb 11, 1930 – Jul 20, 2019 (Age 89)


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Stockbridge Funeral Home LLC - Exeter Obituary

Hildamay (Cargill) Clements – 1930 - 2019


Exeter NH – Hildamay (Cargill) Clements passed away peacefully July 20, 2019 at the Hyder Family Hospice House after a short illness. Hilda, as she was known to her friends and family was the 5th child of William and Mary Cargill of Andover Ma. She was a proud first generation Scottish American and the daughter of immigrants.   She was extremely proud of her heritage and had the trip of a lifetime when she and her husband traveled to Scotland in 1992 where she met many relatives and visited the towns where her parents were born.

Hilda is best known for taking care of her family and of those around her, her love of her church community and using her voice as an activist.   As she was raising her three children the family lived in a big old farm house which had an extra bedroom that was never empty – if you were a friend, relative or down on your luck you always had a home with Hilda. She also loved cats and spoiled many throughout her life. She was a very active member of the Pilgrim United Church of Christ – Brentwood/ Kingston since its inception in 1968 and continued with her committee work and singing in the choir until her illness. Her commitment to activism covered a broad range and included love of the environment (she was recycling in the 60’s), women’s rights, protesting the Seabrook Nuclear power plant, petitioning to end the death penalty, feeding the hungry, supporting Seacoast Family Promise to help homeless families get back on their feet and more.  

Hilda graduated from High School in Andover MA in 1948 and headed to Hampton Beach for the summer.   It was a blind date with a handsome sailor where she met the love of her life that lead to a 57 year marriage and their three children. Hilda was predeceased by her husband Renwick Clements in 2007 as well as her brother William Cargill, and her two sisters, Elizabeth Westbrook and Margaret Solomon.   She is survived by her three children and their spouses, Pamela (Clements) Verrill and her husband Daniel, David Renwick Clements and his wife Linda, and Nancy (Clements) Smath and her husband Joseph as well as six grandchildren ( Joshua and Alex Verrill, Jill and Michael Clements and Adam and Eric Smath) and six great grandchildren (Dylan and Tyler Rego, Taylor and Trevor Verrill and Ryan and Kylie Clements).   Hilda is also survived by one brother, David Cargill, her brother in law, Arlan (John) Clements and sister in law Sandra Thurston as well as many nieces, nephews and grand nieces and nephews.

A Celebration of Life Service will be held on July 30, 2019 at 11:00 AM at the Pilgrim United Church of Christ, Brentwood-Kingston at 197 Middle Road, Brentwood, NH. 03833.

In lieu of flowers it was Hilda’s wish that donations be made to the Memorial Glen Fund at Pilgrim UCC Church, Brentwood.



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To Pam, Nancy, David and all of your families,
What a wonderful woman who I knew for several years. I am sorry for your loss but I know you have many meaningful memories to sustain you. Jo Ellen Thomas MD

I will miss singing with her in the choir and seeing her at Pilgrim Church. For everyone that will miss her, I pray that happy memories bring comfort.

There is no end to the love and gratitude felt for your Mom, who shared her love and generosity with all. Auntie Hilda showed us how to live life to the fullest with positivity, faith, empathy, honesty, spirit, service, justice, enthusiasm, and the utmost of grace. If everyone lived life like Hildamay we would have world peace, on a clean earth, in lands of plenty for all. I can imagine the big smile on Uncle Rennie's face as he welcomes her to Heaven.

For over 70 years Hilda was my mother's -- Fran Fisk -- best friend. A friendship that also includes Audrey Eastman and Florence Marcotte over the same 70 years. With Rennie, Bob, Freddie and Harry they literally left a lifetime of memories together, including New Year's Eve every year. Besides that remarkable relationship of four couples, I will always remember her kind smile and way, her politics (worked for Hillary in 2016) and her love for cats. Being Fran's best friend we know well what...

Hilda was a wonderful neighbor here at 31 Chestnut. We knew of each other before moving here as my neighbor worked with Hilda's daughter. In conversation it was mentioned that Hilda was moving to apartment 302 and we were moving to 306. From the first day we actually met it was always a special meeting at the elevator or in the garage. We chatted about many things. One being that her daughter wanted her to get a new car. Her comment was always why do I need a new car. Your Mom was a very...

I met Hilda shortly after we both moved into 31 Chestnut. I told her I would always remember her name as I had had a much loved Aunt Hilda, and I previously lived on Hilda Drive. I never saw Hilda without a smile or a quick story to share, and the energy that filled her! I will miss seeing my lovely neighbor.

Aunt Hilda was such a wonderful woman and we were all lucky to have known her. Her smile and positive attitude will always stay with us. Sending you all love during this difficult time. Love, Sarah & Ronnie

In loving memory of a wonderful Aunt. With so many great memories we hold and share. We will love you and miss you always. Love always, David, Beth, Megan and Michael

A beautiful and touching tribute that captured your mom as she lived....with love, commitment, and passion! Grateful for so many wonderful memories of our Aunt Hilda and her wonderful family. ..Love, Susan, Joe, and family xoxoxo