1955 – 2010
DURHAM – Jill Hutchins, 54, of the Newell Brook Road, died after a determined struggle with ovarian cancer on Saturday, May 15, 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 masters in social work from the University of Southern Maine in 2006, and went on to work for Tri-County Mental Health in Lewiston.
Jill is survived by her beloved husband, Albert Stimpson of Durham; her daughters, Kate and Molly Lea; stepchildren, Robin, and Tim Lea and his wife, Julie; stepdaughters, Su-Anne Hammond and husband, Andy, Mandy Dow and husband, Cory, Laura Larkin and husband, Mike; grandchildren, Jakob, Alex, Morgan and Lukas Hammond, Elli, Tyler, twins Nolan and Logan Dow, Keira and Owen Larkin; parents, Lee and Virginia Hutchins; brothers, Michael Hutchins and his wife, Janis, Mark Hutchins; sister, Kelly Hutchins Thibodeau and husband, Michael and nephew, Landon Thibodeau; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.
Jill was predeceased by her grandparents; second husband, John Gilbert “Biff” Lea; and sister-in-law, Pam Hutchins.