Sunday, March 27, 2016

Obituary: Merrie C. Hillman, 68, Cuba

CUBA - Merrie C. Hillman, 68, of 678 Yankee Road, passed away unexpectedly at home on Friday (March 25, 2016). Born Dec. 25, 1947, in Olean, she was the daughter of Joseph and Harriet French Neff. She married Kenneth Hillman on July 2, 1966, in Hinsdale. Mr. Hillman survives. Merrie was a graduate of the Hinsdale Central School, Class of 1965. She was a member of the school’s color guard and participated in school plays. Merrie loved singing with her husband’s bands in the local music scene. She was always attending her children and grandchildren’s special events, including school plays, sporting events and family gatherings. She loved being a mother, grandmother, wife, sister and cherished every moment she had in each of those roles in her life. Merrie loved to cook and sing. She also loved to shop year-round for Christmas gifts, always looking for the perfect gift. She loved searching through coupons, to make sure that her family had the right coupon for the things they needed. Merrie loved to spend time making new memories with her loving, adoring husband of 50 years. She was totally devoted to her grandchildren and was thrilled to watch them grow. She loved animals, and planning, preparing for and hosting family parties. Merrie always put others needs before her own, and the lives of the many she met were better for having known her. Surviving in addition to her husband are two sons, Matthew (Shari Brooks) Hillman of Hinsdale and Scott (Kristin) Hillman of Franklinville; her four grandchildren, Troy, Collin, Ana and Nicholas Hillman; a sister, Renee (John) Jobe of Hinsdale; and a brother, Brad (Marilyn) Neff of Oldsmar, Fla. Merrie was preceded in death by a sister and three brothers. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Monday at the Casey, Halwig& Hartle Funeral Home, 3128 Route 417, Olean. The funeral and committal services will be held at the funeral at 11 a.m. Tuesday (March 29, 2016) with the Rev. Al Batt of the Southside Union Chapel officiating. Burial will be in the Maplehurst Cemetery in Hinsdale. Memorials to Cattaraugus County SPCA, 2944 Route 16 North, Olean, NY 14760 would be appreciated by the family.