GILFORD — Alice Scovil Ramsay Hill, 98, of Gilford died peacefully at the new Senior Unit of Lakes Region General Hospital on August 3, 2013. "Alice R.", as she was known to her family and many friends, was famous for her warm, pleasant and graceful manner.
Born in Rochester, NY, on October 7, 1914, Alice was the daughter of Harry MacBeth and Fanny (Porter) Ramsay.
Alice attended city schools, and graduated from the University of Rochester in 1936. After graduation she was employed at the Eastman Kodak Company. Except for the war years when she and Toby were posted to Florida and North Carolina, she lived in the Rochester area until moving to Gilford in 1986.
Alice's husband of 59 years, Elswood (Toby) Hill, died in 2001. Alice's only sibling, Porter MacBeth Ramsay, died in 1963.
Alice loved sailing, walking and cross-country skiing, and seldom missed the Saturday broadcasts of the Metropolitan Opera. She grew up sailing on Lake Ontario and Irondequoit Bay. The family sailed the wooden cruising sloop "Alice R." all along the New England coast during the '70's and '80's.
Alice was an active member of the Gilford Community Church, and a frequent face at the Gilford Library.
Alice's Gilford home was always a warm place with grandchildren, neighbors and friends. She was able to remain at home until her last illness because of the care provided by Danielle Paquette, RN, Sanctuary Home Health Nursing, LLC and her wonderful staff of caregivers including Catherine Jenkerson, Melissa Kevlin, RN, Angela van Dine, Olivia Smith, Traci Hoyt and Stacey Dickinson.
Alice is survived by her son Stevens Ramsay Hill, his wife Adele Joan Hill, and their son Christopher Comstock Hill, all of Gilford. Also by her son Douglas Porter Hill, his wife Alexandra Taylor Breed of Gilford, and their children Ramsay Taylor Hill of Park City, Utah and James Porter Hill of Greenwich, CT.
A memorial service and reception will be held on Friday, August 9 at 2:30 p.m. at the Gilford Community Church, Potter Hill Road, Gilford, with interment at the Raymond Wixson Memorial Garden. The Rev. Michael Graham, pastor, will officiate.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions to the Gilford Community Church, 19 Potter Hill Road, Gilford, NH. 03249 and/or the Friends of the Gilford Library, 31 Potter Hill Road, Gilford, NH, 03249, are encouraged.
The Mayhew Funeral Homes and Crematorium, of Meredith and Plymouth, are in charge of the arrangements. To sign Alice's Book of Memories, please go to www.mayhewfuneralhomes.com