Bessie L. Hillman

CLINTON – Bessie L. Hillman, 94, of Clinton, went to be with the Lord on April 15, 2021.

She was born Dec. 3, 1926, daughter of the late Vernon and Gracie J. (Smith) Larrabee of Jackson.

Her schooling was in Brooks and Freedom, and she graduated from Freedom Academy.

Bessie worked as a secretary in the court system in Belfast, and at Harris Bakery in Waterville, and was a dedicated housewife to her family.

She enjoyed gardening, crocheting, sewing, taking rides around Maine site seeing. She loved to cook for her family and spend time having baked bean suppers and celebrating her son’s birthdays every year. Bessie enjoyed all the years she spent with the Rebekahs in Clinton. She also had a passion of playing the piano.

Bessie met Ellon Hillman, in 1946. They were married on Feb. 2, 1947, in Clinton. Together they raised three children: Dale Hillman of Clinton, Douglas Hillman, of Clinton, and preceded in death, Beverly Hillman of the United States Air Force.

Bessie is survived by Dale Hillman and wife, Rita of Clinton; granddaughter, Tina Hillman; step-grandchildren, Harvey, Linda. Tammy, and John; Douglas Hillman and wife, Elsie of Clinton; granddaughter, Sheila Woodman, of Canaan, grandson, Douglas Hillman II and wife, Bridget, of Clinton; great-grandson, Douglas Hillman III, and great-granddaughter, Hannah Hillman of Clinton; and many cousins, nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by Ellon B. Hillman, June 30, 2002; and Beverly J. Hillman, July 5, 1979; and by her beloved Bassett Hound, Ethel.

An online guestbook may be signed, and memories shared at

The family has entrusted Lawry Brothers Funeral Home of Fairfield with the arrangements. A private family burial will be at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the

Humane Society Waterville Area,

100 Webb Rd.,

Waterville, ME 04901.

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