Dorothy Mattie Hill

July 4, 1923March 20, 2021

Cumberland Center Dorothy M. “Dot” (Violette) Hill, 97, died peacefully at her home on March 20, 2021, following a short period of declining health. Dot was born in Rehobeth MA on the Fourth of July in 1923 to Thomas and Mattie (Dick) Violette, the youngest of their 13 children. She graduated from Taunton (MA) High School in 1941 and began work at Grinnell Corp. where she also helped raise money for the war effort as a majorette in the company’s Drum and Bugle Corps. In 1946 she married Robert A. Hill, an army sergeant who later became a successful salesman. They moved, from Rhode Island, to Maine in 1963 and raised their family in Falmouth, North Yarmouth, and South Portland. After her husband died in 1981, she worked as a nanny for more than 14 appreciative families and was also an area Avon representative for many years. Dot studied dance in her youth and enjoyed golf, reading and knitting. She was a communicant of Holy Martyrs Church, Falmouth. Her greatest love was being surrounded by her children and their families and she was especially grateful for all her many friends and neighbors that had been a treasured joy to her over the years. Dorothy is survived by seven of her eight children: Judith Hill (spouse John Shattuck) of New Gloucester; Kenneth Hill (partner Maury Tooley) of Pawlet, VT; Wayne Hill of Poughkeepsie, NY; Lorraine “Lori” Robinson (spouse Richard Robinson) of North Yarmouth; Marcia Hill (partner Scott) of Gorham; Glenn Hill (fiancé Susan Kelley) of Raleigh, NC; and Jennifer Viernes (spouse Allan Viernes) of Cornish. She has 18 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren. Dot also is survived by several nieces, nephews and cousins who were very special to her. She was predeceased by her husband, Robert A. “Bob” Hill, daughter Cynthia Kaiser, son-in-law Ed Keiser, and great-grandson Henry James Hartford. A service will be held at a future date. Arrangements are by Lindquist Funeral Home, Yarmouth. In lieu of flowers, and because she loved all children, please consider a donation in her memory to either: Make a Wish Foundation-Maine, in memory of Henry Hartford, 66 Mussey Road, Scarborough Maine 04074 or Center for Grieving Children, 555 Forest Avenue, Portland, Maine 04101


  • Make a Wish Foundation-Maine
  • Center for Grieving Children


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Marcia Hill

April 2, 2021

Dear Mum- Almost two weeks have passed since you fell asleep, not to wake again on this earth. We had talked about just that. I listened to you say how ready you were to go, how tired you were, how ‘being’ was a struggle. I was a bit flippant when I said, “Someday, you will go to sleep, and wake up dead!”, but I wanted it that way for you. Nice and easy and peaceful. That’s what you deserved. That’s how you went.
I miss you Mum. We all do.
Your legacy of family and friends,
SO important to you, lives on.
Thank you for being my mother. ♡

Beth Murphy

March 28, 2021

Dear Judy, Marcia, Lori, Jen and Hill Family,
Dot was such an accepting, gracious, lovely woman.
My favorite memory involves Dot sitting in her "Lucky Lady" loaner car on Exchange Street while waiting for Judy.
(The "Lucky Lady" graphic was quite graphic.)
Dot sat there unperturbed, taking it all in stride, while we were cracking up, looking out the window at her.
Love and Prayers to All,
Beth (Murphy)

Kim Clifford

March 28, 2021

My dear Judy:

I can't believe I left your name off that incomparable list of Hill offspring in my memory of your mom. I was looking at her picture again just now and realize how beautiful she was. You look like her. She was a grand woman, and I'm so happy I knew her and that I grew to middle age in the company of the Hill women. Thinking of you in beautiful New Gloucester....

Love, Kim

Kim Clifford

March 28, 2021

Marcia, Jen and all the Hills:

I saw your wonderful mother's obit this morning. I loved her. What a memorable, long life she had, one that touched so many others for so many years. I can still see her in the PH lunchroom near the counter, near you, Marcia. Smiling. Always smiling. So reassuring. So calm. A quintessential Maine woman. She made me feel like I was the only person in the world. I know she must have made everyone feel that way, especially all the children she loved in her late-life career. I haven't seen her for years, but I feel like I saw her yesterday. She had that effect. I'm thinking of you, and of Mrs. Hill, all memories that are warm and comforting. She was a true mom.

Love, Kim

Mike Hollyday

March 28, 2021

Rest in peace, Dorothy. Always enjoyed being with you - the light in your eyes, your easy laugh, your quiet wisdom, your kind, yet irreverent humor, all traits you passed to your children. You will be missed.

Cheryl Cordeiro

March 26, 2021

Aunt Dorothy, You are an amazing Aunt. I cherish those wonderful talks we had about Family & the after life. Your Sister May was my Grand Mother. Psychics run in the Violette side of the Family, I,m lucky enough to be one like you. We both have the gift of clairvoyance. Just like Great Gramma Violette . I remember as a child she could read the tea leaves. Her visions were real & came true. Your Brother Uncle Alva had the gift of spirit too. I am so happy of all wonderful talks we shared. You are wise beyond your years , you taught me so much with your kind & gentle ways. Love Always, Cheryl (Goff) Cordeiro Somerset, MA

Evelyn Viernes

March 24, 2021

Grandma Dot, I can’t believe you’re gone. You are the sweetest, most loving grandmother a child could ask for. Not that I’m a child anymore, but sometimes I wish I was so I could relive the times you used to babysit me and Emmy. You were always happy to take care of us and loved talking about magical, supernatural things. Because of you, I know that there is more to this world than meets the eye. Thank you for teaching me that it’s okay to believe in things others do not. Thank you for letting Emmy and I do your makeup, even though we were quite horrible at it. Thank you for allowing us to bring a stray cat (at least we thought it was stray) into your home to give him milk. We always had so much fun running up and down the hill in your backyard and exploring your little neighborhood. And for some reason, I was always fascinated by your encyclopedia. I remember flipping through its pages for hours. Thank you for the love and affection you gave to me. You always made me feel loved and empowered. I deeply regret not being there with you during your last hours, but I understand that death is not the end. In fact, it’s the beginning of something new. I love you so much Grandma Dot. I’m glad that we spent so much time talking on the phone this past year. You will forever be in my heart. Until we meet again.

Yours, Evelyn Louise Viernes