Mary E. Gill Hiller, 85, of Williamsport, went to be with her Lord on Nov. 25, 2012.
Born Feb. 11, 1927, in Salem, Snyder County, she was the youngest of seven children to Flossie (Knouse) and Rinaldo Gill. She graduated from Selinsgrove High School in 1946. Mary married Gordon Hiller on April 20, 1946, and spent 66 glorious years with him.
Mary was a member of Montoursville Order of Eastern Star, member of Granges; West Branch No. 136, Eldred No. 1604, Shermanata No. 1796 in Perry County and Bottle Run No. 1301. She served various offices in the local counties, Pamona and State Grange, and a National Grange delegate during her membership of 66 years. She was also First Lady of the Pennsylvania State Grange where she volunteered from 1992-1996; and she personally and graciously greeted PA Governors: Casey, Ridge, Rendell and President Bill Clinton. Mary was recognized for her promotional sales of the famous Grange Cookbooks. She was also the President of Lycoming County Extension Committee in 1977 and Associate Director of the Lycoming County Conservation District. Mary was a faithful farmer's wife, mother of four daughters and four foster children. She hosted farm vacationers, was active in family, church and Grange with a response of "I'd be delighted" when requested for any duty. She referred to herself as "Mary, mother of many" as she offered her motherly love to all adolescents who were kind to her. She was matriarch of the family and matron of her household. Mary was a versatile farm hand, hostess, cook and seamstress at The Margor Manor Farm in Eldred Township, where she shared her name with Gordon.
Mary E. Gill Hiller
Surviving are her husband, Gordon L. Hiller; daughters, Constance (Paul) Missall of Williston, Fla., Kathy (Gary) Clees of Pennsdale, Karla (Richard) Dass of Williston, Fla., and Vickie (Mike) Reed of Defiance, Ohio; also Dorland "Butch" Hanford of Williamsport, Sheila Hanford Bucher of Womelsdorf, Gary F. Yaw of Williamsport and Russell Hetrick of Turbotville; 19 grandchildren and 33 great-grandchildren; brother, Dan Gill of Selinsgrove; and several nieces and nephews of Selinsgrove.
A special "Thank You" to our bestest friend, newest "sister" and caregiver, Helen Collins of Williamsport.
Flowers will be provided by the family. Memorial contributions in Mary's name may be made to Heshbon Park United Methodist Church, 2898 Heshbon Road, Williamsport, PA 17701, Pennsylvania State Grange Foundation, 20 Erford Road, Suite 216, LeMoyne, PA 17043, Penn State Grange Scholarship Endowment, 116 Old Main St., University Park, PA 16802, or Southern Care Hospice, 190 Choate Circle, Montoursville, PA 17754.
A funeral service will be held 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 1, at Heshbon Park United Methodist Church, Williamsport. Viewing will be held 5 to 9 p.m. Friday, Nov. 30, at Heshbon Park United Methodist Church.
Arrangements entrusted to Sanders Mortuary.