Jill Hutchins, 54, of the Newell Brook Road, Durham, Maine, died after a determined struggle with ovarian cancer on Saturday, May 15, 2010 at her home surrounded by the people who loved her the most.
She was born in Rumford on Aug. 31, 1955 the daughter of Lee and Virginia (Smith) Hutchins.
Jill enjoyed cooking, entertaining, laughing and joking. She had the natural ability to bring people together. She was highly esteemed by her colleagues at Tri-county Mental Health Services and loved by her hospital and home health caregivers.
She worked as a high school English teacher for a year in Arkansas. She later worked for Tower Publishing in Portland where she met Biff. She owned and operated the Pownal-based Right at Home Day Care and preschool. She simultaneously operated Mark’s Printing House from her home in Pownal and then Durham, which allowed her to always be available for her children.
Jill married Al Stimpson in September of 2002. This joined family has been the center of Jill’s happiness for many years. The loving support of all has been essential during this difficult time. Her mother-in-law, Jean Stimpson, provided dedicated care throughout her illness.
Jill received her master’s in Social Work from the University of Southern Maine in 2006 and went on to work for Tri-county Mental Health in Lewiston.
Jill was predeceased by her grandparents; second husband, John Gilbert “Biff” Lea; and sister-in-law, Pam Hutchins.
Jill is survived by her beloved husband, Albert Stimpson of Durham; her daughters, Kate and Molly Lea; step children, Robin and Tim Lea and his wife Julie; step daughters, Su-Anne Hammond and husband Andy, Mandy Dow and husband Cory, Laura Larkin and husband Mike; grandchildren, Jakob, Alex, Morgan, Lukas Hammond, Elli, Tyler, twins Nolan and Logan Dow, Keira, Owen Larkin; parents, Lee and Virginia Hutchins; brothers, Michael Hutchins and his wife Janis, Mark Hutchins; sister, Kelly Hutchins Thibodeau and husband Michael; nephew, Landon Thibodeau; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.
Donations may be made in Jill’s memory to the ovarian cancer research at the American Cancer Society, 1 Bowdoin Mill Island, suite 300, Topsham, ME 04086.
Family and friends are invited to memorial visitation from 12 to 1 p.m. on Thursday, May 20, at the funeral home, Funeral Alternatives Group, 25 Tampa Street, Lewiston. A celebration of Jill’s life will follow at 1 p.m. at the funeral home. Burial will take place at the Elmwood Cemetery in Pownal.
For those unable to attend condolences may be expressed at www.funeralalternatives.net.