Nancy Hills, beloved wife, mother, sister, grandmother and friend, passed away peacefully on December 10. She was the heart of her family and a bright light to everyone who knew her.
Born in Winthrop, MA, on Feb 8, 1943, Nancy grew up by the water, and she loved the beach and sailing. She was vivacious, perceptive, and compassionate, and she connected with others so easily. The friendships she made at Winthrop High School, in college at University of Massachusetts Amherst, and beyond remained incredibly strong throughout her life. Her adventurous spirit led her to travel Europe after college and later to study in Germany.
A natural people-person, Nancy built a career in human resources, and she began dating her husband, Frederic Hills, while she was working for the Office of the Secretary of Transportation in Washington, DC. They built a life together in Hingham, Massachusetts, and were joyfully married for fifty years. They had two children, Jonathan and Susannah, who adored her. Of all her accomplishments, she was most proud of being a mother.
Since her retirement, Nancy was a spirited member of the Hingham community. She was a graceful skier, and she loved rowing, bridge, bowling and MahJong. Nancy was an avid reader, and she loved politics and crossword puzzles. Most of all, Nancy deeply loved her family and friends.
In addition to her husband, son and daughter, she leaves behind her step-children, Scott Hills, Jennifer MacDonald, and Tad Hills, daughter-in law Jessica Hills, son-in-law David Nelinson, three grandsons, Calvin, Finn and Taj Hills, her sisters Stephanie Connolly and Janis Gregory, and her brother Edward Leach, Jr. She will be missed dearly by her family and many, many close friends. A celebratory service will be held to honor her life in the coming months.