Lillian R. Hodgdon


Lillian R. Hodgdon, 92, died of natural causes May 15, 2022, in Holden. Lillian was born Aug. 13, 1929, in Tremont. She was the daughter of Leslie and Elsie (Harper) Rich. Lillian graduated from Pemetic High School, Class of 1947.

She married Frank L. Hodgdon and they had three sons, Gary, Frank (Dinky) and Douglas. In her early years she packed sardines at the Underwood Factory in Bass Harbor and worked as a bookkeeper for Tom Newman’s Trucking Company and Charles Richard’s Garage in Somesville. Lillian’s last job, and her favorite, was working as a secretary at the Tremont Consolidated School. She loved her job at the school, but mostly she loved the interaction with the students and teachers, cutting soup labels and her beloved Vaseline.

Lillian always had a large vegetable garden “down back,” which she worked at diligently, hauling her sled or wagon full of tools up and down the hill. The garden was very rocky, but she could still grow many vegetables in it. As she aged, the garden moved up the hill, becoming increasingly smaller, until it reached the backyard. Around her house were flower gardens and shrubs of many varieties.

Lillian loved the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays, as it provided the opportunities for the whole family to gather. She enjoyed the lively banter that always seemed to be quite prevalent at these occasions.

She is survived by son Douglas and wife, Renee; sister Betty; daughters-in-law Judy and Candy; four grandchildren, Kimberley, Amy, Leeman and Katie; one great-grandson, Baylor; and several nieces and nephews. Lillian was predeceased by her parents, husband, Frank, sons Gary and Frank (Dinky) and brother Neal. The family would like to thank Total Care Solutions in Holden, Marlene Walker (Lillian’s “Missy”) and Charlene Wallace for the love and care they gave to Lillian. We know she was very appreciative.

A graveside service for family and friends will be held at 1 p.m. Monday, May 23, 2022, at the Richtown Cemetery, Richtown Road, West Tremont.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Southwest Harbor-Tremont Ambulance Service, P.O. Box 437, Southwest Harbor, ME 04679.

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