Zelma M. (Farnum) Hillock

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Zelma M. (Farnum) Hillock 84 of Richmond, died early on the morning of January 17, 2010 in the familiar surroundings of her home. She died peacefully with the love and compassion of her large family at her side.

She was born the daughter of Beatrice (Tuttle) and Harry Farnum on May 11, 1925 in Grafton, VT. She was educated in Grafton and left school early to help the family.

As a young woman she met and took her vows to Homer K. Hillock on January 25, 1943 in Swanzey amongst friends and family at a small gathering. They were married for 53 years before he passed on May 14, 1996.

Zelma was gainfully employed by the C.L. Lane Company as a sander. She retired after 35 years of loyal service in 1985.

Mrs. Hillock enjoyed painting. She would make dolls for friends and family. She enjoyed studying genealogy and speaking to family about relatives. This would bring conversations of times gone by. She was a nurturing and loving mother to her children. Zelma was very kind hearted and made many monetary donations to various organizations. She would travel from time to time back to her Vermont roots, bringing back pies and home made breads. Her home was always open for visitors, everyone was welcome. She loved Christmas, this was a time for the entire family to gather and spend quality time together.

Mrs. Hillock is survived by her children: Robert Hillock of Windgate, NC., John Hillock of Richmond, Shirley Hillock of Stark, Ralph Hillock of Turners Falls, MA., James Hillock and his wife Melody of Turners Falls, MA., Linda L’Abbe of Richmond and William Hillock of Richmond. She is also survived by her siblings; Marion Black of Keene, Mike Farnum of Winchester, Ellen Farnum of Keene, Viola Fish of Keene and May Tibbets of Swanzey. She is pre-deceased by three sons; Kenneth Hillock who died in 2004, Donald Hillock who died in 1977 and David Hillock who died in 1968. She is also pre-deceased by her siblings Ike Farnum, Henry Farnum, Reggie Farnum, Ivan Farnum and Lorraine Farnum. Gram will be missed by her 37 grandchildren, 51 great grandchildren and 10 great great grandchildren. Her presence will be missed by her numerous nieces, nephews, extended family and friends.

A celebration of life service will be held on Saturday at 10a.m. with burial to follow at South Cemetery in Richmond. Flowers will gladly be accepted. However, at the request of the family monetary donations should be made in memory of Zelma Hillock to Hospice and Community Services, 312 Marlboro St., Keene, NH. 03431.

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