Jean Stewart Hilton

July 4, 1924October 9, 2021
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Doane Beal & Ames

BARNSTABLE - Jean Stewart Hilton passed away on Saturday, October 9th after a period of failing health. Born in Boston on July 4th, 1924 to Dr. Roy Bryson Stewart and Marjorie (Ross) Stewart, she was raised in Brighton and Barnstable Village. Jean attended Boston Schools and graduated from Brighton High School, Colby-Sawyer College, and Katherine Gibbs School.

Upon graduation, she worked for Polaroid and Beechcraft Aviation. She was employed by the Town of Needham Planning Board for many years.

Jean was predeceased by her husband of 60 years, Harry M. Hilton, her parents and brother Roy B. Stewart Jr (Buddy). She is survived by brothers Irving R Stewart and Robert D. Stewart of Barnstable, and her children: Susan Cowmeadow (Richard), Frederic Hilton (Judy), Stephen Hilton, Deborah Rogers (Walter) and 10 grandchildren: Andrew (Hobbs), James and Conor (Hilton), Samantha, Owen & Carly (Hilton) and Sarah, Emerson, Alexandra & Hannah (Rogers).

Loving travel, Jean commenced an overseas voyage for an extended trip to Europe in 1951 with two friends from Barnstable. She and Harry married shortly after her return. Later in their marriage they continued to explore many destinations in Europe, the Caribbean and the Americas.

Residents of Needham for many years, Jean & Harry maintained lasting friendships and were active in various civic activities, the Congregational Church of Needham, tennis and various social & charitable organizations. After a life of summers in Barnstable, they established year-round residency in Barnstable, where Jean was active with the Sturgis Library, Cape Cod Hospital Auxiliary, and other organizations and events of the village. More recently, she moved to Heatherwood in Yarmouth Port while maintaining & frequently visiting her Barnstable cottage by the beach.

Jean delighted in being with people, new and old friends and loved learning all about their lives. She found particular joy in all of her grandchildren and in 4th of July (her birthday) celebrations, especially the Barnstable Village Parade.

Memorial service will be held on Friday, October 15th at 1:00pm followed by visitation from 1:30 to 3:30pm at Doane Beal and Ames, 160 West Main St, Hyannis. Interment will be held at a later date at Cummaquid Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Jean’s memory to the Sturgis Library, 309 Main St. Barnstable 02630 or the charity of your choice.

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Friday, October 15, 2021

Memorial Service

Friday, October 15, 2021