Mary Rogers Hillas, the mother of a Darien resident, died Thursday, March 1, surrounded by her family at Meadow Ridge Health Center in Redding. A longtime resident of Glenview, Ill., she was 93.
Born in Germantown, Pa., in 1918 she was the daughter of the late H. Albert and Mary Rohner Rogers. Mrs. Hillas was the wife of the late Roland A. Hillas, to whom she was married for 64 years.
“Mary and Rollie were a wonderful team,” their family said.
Mrs. Hillas spent her childhood in Philadelphia, Minneapolis, and Tulsa, Okla., graduating from Dean Academy High School in Massachusetts and then Cornell University in 1939. Out of school, she worked in the insurance industry in Philadelphia. Mr. Hillas, a pilot, and Mrs. Hillas were married during World War II and followed the U.S. Navy south and west.
As civilians with four children the family lived in Massachusetts, Connecticut, Michigan, Kentucky and Illinois, where they settled for 34 years. Mrs. Hillas was an active volunteer with the Visiting Nurse Service during the Vietnam War, working at the Great Lakes Naval Hospital. She was a 40-year survivor of cancer.
Mrs. Hillas is survived by her daughter Wendy Miller of Darien; her three sons, Roland A. Hillas III and his wife Chuenchit of Fort Worth, Texas, Robert S. Hillas and his wife Cynthia of Princeton, N.J., and James R. Hillas and his wife Arlene of Woodbridge; 13 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.
Besides her parents and husband, she was predeceased by three siblings and her grandson, Roland A. Hillas IV.
A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, March 17, at 3, at the Congregational Church of Darien. Burial will be private.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Meadow Ridge Scholarship Fund, Attn: Sally Dimon, Meadow Ridge, 100 Redding Road, Redding, CT 06896
The Hoyt Funeral Home of New Canaan is in charge of arrangements.
For online condolences and directions to the church visit hoytfunerlhome.com.