Marcia Lee Hill, who was 88, passed peacefully and was reunited with her lifetime love on July 4, after a brief illness. She was born February 11, 1928, in Boston, Mass., the daughter of John Lincoln Pearson and Helen Parker Pearson, and the descendant of a revolutionary who fought in the battle of Bunker Hill. She grew up in Chatham, N.J., and graduated with an Associates Degree in Nursing from Dean College in Franklin, Mass.
Summer sweethearts on Cape Cod, she married Lawson “Trap” Hill in November 18, 1950, and lived in Weston, Mass., with their two children, Brenda Lee Hill Yates and Lawson Bruce Hill. For decades they spent weekends and vacations at a small “camp” in Intervale, skiing and hiking. In 1979 they moved permanently to Jackson. The two were inseparable and traveled to Italy often for their shoe, hiking boot and early buckle ski boot business which also featured a catalog of “Marcia Hill Shoes” and occasionally, and embarrassingly recognized in the supermarket as the lady on the cover of their mail order catalog. They subsequently operated the “British Isles Collection” in Intervale, in the 1980s, and a Russian Imports catalog after a trip to Crimea in the 1990s. The two hiked the 4000 footers, were members of the AMC and Wildcat Ski club, traveled to Mount Everest base camp with IME, to Antarctica, Siberia, and to Europe. Marcia was also active in the Mountain Garden Club, as volunteer for Meals on Wheels and the Gibson Center, and as a volunteer greeter at Memorial Hospital. She was also an active member of the Jackson N.H. Community Church and the Brown Church in Conway. Marcia was predeceased by her sister Joan Nelson of Portland, Ore.
She will be dearly missed by her children and spouses: Bruce and Victoria Hill of Gorham, Brenda and Robert Yates of Sutton, Mass.; five grandchildren: Robert Traphagen Yates of New York, Andrew Parker Yates of Buffalo, N.Y., Alexandra Hill Ainsworth of Hartland, Maine, Lawson Andrew Hill of Oakland, Calif., and Jenna Emilie Hill of Gorham; and three great grandchildren William Kalle Ainsworth, Lachlan Bruce Ainsworth, and Eva Ruth Ainsworth of Hartland, Maine.
There will be a family graveside service. Gifts in her memory may be sent to the Brown Church Food Pantry, PO Box 333, Conway N.H. 03818, care of Rev Dr. Martell Spagnolo.