Lena Hill Dean


WEST PARIS – Lena Hill Dean, 91, of West Paris, died in West Paris at the home of her daughter-in-law and husband, Vincent and Beverly Stevens, on Saturday, Jan. 20.

She was born in Kearsarge, N.H., on April 26, 1915, the daughter of Harold and Blanche Eastman Hill.

She married Raymond A. Dean in Bartlett, N.H., on Sept. 30, 1933. She had worked at Oxford Pickle Shop, Penley’s Mill, Burnham and Morrill, and later in the office at Trap Corner Garage and for 32 years at Perham’s of West Paris. She was an avid rock hound, spending many happy hours at mines in Maine and New Hampshire looking for that special specimen.

Fishing was one of the many joys of her life, wetting a hook in most any local stream, taking her grandchildren, nephews and other neighborhood children out for the day. Family gatherings held a special place in her heart along with gatherings with her many friends.

Asked to go out for a meal, you could be sure she was ready to go. Always a joy to all, she never had a bad word for anyone.

She was a longtime member of the West Paris Universalist Church, West Paris Grange, where she held various offices, Senior Citizens, of which she was secretary until the time of her death, Daughters of Union Veterans, Sunshine Club and the Maine Mineral Club.

She is survived by grandchildren and great-grandchildren, Ann Goulding, Stacy Dean and Darcey Robertson, Raymond Dean-Inman, Madison Dean-Inman and Dustin Tilley; also granddaughter-in-law, Diane Dean-Inman; her daughter, Jennifer Sprague and her children, Damien and Seth; sisters, Louise Sargent of Freeport and Kathleen Ela of Greenville Junction.

She was predeceased by her husband, Raymond; son, Arthur; grandson, Raymond; sister, Eleanor Bunker; and her brother, Albert Hill.

The family wishes to thank the caregivers at Androscoggin Home Care and Hospice and many friends and family who have visited and provided other support during her illness.