NORTHFIELD — Jean E. (Thornley) Hodgkins, 87, a resident of Northfield passed peacefully, Wednesday, June 4, 2014 at the Franklin Regional Hospital surrounded by love. She was born November 17, 1926 in Taunton, Mass., daughter of the late Harold E. and Ruth E. (Foster) Thornley. Jean graduated from Taunton High School and received her RN degree from Truesdale School of Nursing. In 1949 Jean married the love of her life, Wilson N. Hodgkins. They settled in Gardner, Mass., where they raised their two children. After Wilson's death in 1971, she worked at the Gardner Manor Nursing Home until her retirement. In 1992 she moved to Northfield to be with her daughter, Linda and family. Jean spent the next 21 years enjoying life and watching her grandchildren grow. She and her family spent many years visiting and vacationing in the State of Maine, enjoying the coast and her favorite Portland Head lighthouse. She enjoyed her memorabilia of the lighthouse collected over time. In addition to her parents, and husband Wilson, Jean was predeceased by brothers, Raymond A. and Richard G. Thornley and grandson, Zachary P. Pardy. Jean leaves her daughter, Linda H. Pardy and husband, Mark of Northfield, son Craig F. Hodgkins and wife, Kirsten of Pittsburgh, Penn., grandchildren, Michael W. Pardy of Northfield, Sarah Pardy Buck, Senior Airman, USAF of Dayton, Ohio, Kristi L. and Craig F. Hodgkins Jr. of Pittsburg, Penn. and her beloved sister in law, Stella Sisson and husband Chuck of Portland, Tex. She also leaves numerous nieces and nephews. Following the wishes of Jean, there are no calling hours or services planned. It is requested that any memorial contributions of Jean's name be made to the charity of one's choice.
Arrangements are under the care of the William F. Smart Sr. Memorial Home in Tilton.For more information go to www.smartfuneralhome.com