Westfield – Dorothy M (Smith) Hills 96 of Westfield went home to Jesus peacefully on Saturday evening December 29th at Linda Manor in Leeds. She was born in Westfield September 7, 1922, the youngest of 8 children born to Louis J & Johanna J (Paulson) Smith and attended local schools, graduating from Westfield High School class of 1940. Dorothy left Westfield in 1942 when she wed Arthur K Roberts. They settled in West Springfield and had 2 sons, Kenneth & Richard Roberts. In 1962 Dorothy married Edward J Hills. She worked at various manufacturing companies, Westbank & Mass Wholesale Drug. In the early 80’s they retired & relocated to St. Petersburg Florida. Edward died in 1993. Dorothy enjoyed volunteering in the park where she lived helping with activities, at her church, hospice & TravelMax. There she was one of 15,000 who entered a Travel Sweepstakes and won First Prize, a cruise for 2 on the Holland American Line. In 2000, she and step-daughter, Barbara enjoyed a wonderful cruise to the Eastern Caribbean. She enjoyed travel to such places as Canada, Ecuador, Ireland and Denmark the place of her mother’s birth. She also visited many of the states. In 2002, after 60 years away, she returned to Westfield renewing old friendships and making new ones. She attended Mountain View Baptist Church in Holyoke making wonderful new friends, she especially enjoyed the youth. As her health declined she was no longer able to attend. She leaves 2 sons, Kenneth J. & his wife Carol Roberts of Hatfield. Richard G. Roberts & his wife Barbara Stilwell of Ightham Sevenoaks England; 3 step children, Barbara Pariseau of Old Orchard Beach Maine, Cheryl Pieciak (deceased) of West Springfield, & Edward J. Hills Jr of Springfield. 14 grandchildren, 22 great grandchildren along with many loved nieces & nephews.
Dorothy is preceded by brothers Fred, Louis, & Oren. Sisters Gladys Paulson, Mae Welliver, Mildred Stockwell, & Ann Skrodzki. Dorothy deeply loved her family and was a mentor to many.
The family wishes to express sincere gratitude to staff at Linda Manor & Hospice for their compassionate care. Calling hours will be held on Tuesday, January 15th from 5-7 pm from the Firtion-Adams Funeral Service, 76 Broad Street, Westfield, MA. The funeral will be held on Wednesday at 10 am at the funeral home and burial will follow in Pine Hill Cemetery, Westfield. Firtionadams.com