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Hilda Nutter

Birth date: August 30, 1921
Death date: November 15, 2013

Hartland- Hilda L. Nutter, 92, died peacefully November 15, 2013 after a long struggle with an inoperable brain tumor. She died at home on Pleasant Street, surrounded by the family she loved and lived for.

She was born on August 30, 1921 on the very same street to Harold and Leona (Cry) Emery. She graduated from Hartland Academy with the Class of 1939 and went on to receive her degree from Skowhegan Business School. She married Walter T. Nutter on November 5, 1942.

Hilda worked for the shipyard in Portland during WW II, the U.S. Census Bureau, and at the switchboard at Snowflake Canning in Hartland. Hilda was employed by the United States Postal Service for over 30 years in the Town of Hartland, retiring as Postmaster, a job she truly enjoyed. She was a founding member of the Hartland Historical Society; past member of the Outlook Club; and devoted member of her community. She was a talented writer and fondly recalled gathering news for the local paper. The Ireland Cemetery restoration project was especially important to her and she was very pleased to see it completed this summer.

Hilda had many interests and was an accomplished crafter, seamstress, and painter. Throughout the years she created curtains, draperies, slip covers, braided rugs, hooked rugs, ceramics, afghans and many items of clothing for her family. Her home is filled with beautiful quilts she sewed, and for several years she hosted her daughters and their friends on Tuesday nights, teaching them to quilt. Her annual summer tea parties were elaborate affairs that were looked forward to by all who attended, replete with fancy cakes, hot tea and hats.

She hunted and fished with her husband, and when her children were young, the family enjoyed camping in northern Maine. In the late 40’s, along with her husband, she climbed Mt. Katahdin and always cherished her leather LL Bean boots she climbed in.

There was nothing Hilda loved more than spending time with her family. She enjoyed large holiday gatherings with her children, grandchildren, and relatives. Many Saturday nights at her home were spent with any family that showed up for home baked beans. She was very close to her sister, Norma. There seldom went a day without at least a phone conversation between the two. Hilda was an avid Black Bear Hockey fan.

She is survived by her four daughters, Barbara and husband Richard Brown of Athens; Norma and husband Michael Munn of Athens; Jayne and husband Gary Smith of Hartland; and Joyce and husband Kaven Philbrook of Palmyra. Ten grandchildren, Rachel, Hannah, Kent, Kaylee, Kory, Erik, Joshua, Jennifer, Shyam and Rama; 8 great grandchildren Alexis, Wyatt, Seamus, Alexander, Cameron, Caleigh, Caige, and Litah; brothers Harlan Emery of Hartland and Clyde Emery and wife Jeanette of Hartland; many nieces and nephews including a special niece Rebecca Lancaster.

She was predeceased by her parents; husband Walter T. Nutter; son D. Scott; infant son David; sister Norma Nutter; brother-in-law Weston Nutter; and sister-in-law Ina Emery.

In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to the Hartland Historical Society, PO Box 173, Hartland, Maine 04943.

A graveside service will be held at 11 a.m., Tuesday, November 19, at the Pine Grove Cemetery, Route 152 in Hartland, with the Rev. Tim Curtis officiating. Family and friends are invited to gather at Hilda’s house, 61 Pleasant St. after the service.

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Care has been provided by Shorey-Nichols Funeral Home, Pittsfield.