Ellen Wilson Marple



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Marple, Ellen Wilson Hilton: Ellen Margaret Wilson Marple died on April 18, 2015 at the age of 90. She is predeceased by her parents, Albert and Essie Belle (Dickerson) Wilson and her sister, Jane Johnson; her sisters-in-law, Marilyn Wilson and Donna Wilson and her brothers-in-law, Hugo Marple and Edward Johnson. Ellen is survived by her loving husband of 66 years, Homer Lowell Marple of Hilton, NY; sisters, Annette Marple of Lubbock, TX, and Harriette (Philip) Greaser of Albion NY; brothers, Donald Wilson of Madison, AL, Robert (Bonnie) Wilson of Street, MD, and Calvin (Elizabeth) Wilson of Pittsburgh, PA; daughters, Taimi (Michael Holm) Marple and Amy Lunn; and her son, Douglas Marple; grandchildren, Benjamin Franklin Marple, Nile Douglas Marple, Arthur Lowell Lunn, Albert Ian Lunn; great-grandson, Benjamin Forrest Marple; Lorie J. Marple, A. Russell Lunn and many nieces, nephews, family and friends too numerous to list, but not forgotten. Ellen was born December 29, 1924 in Hudson Falls, NY. She was the second child in a family of seven. She received a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Buffalo, 1947, working at the University of Michigan Hospital, Canandaigua Veterans Hospital, and Albion’s Arnold Gregory Hospital. Ellen was a beloved teacher of Nursing at BOCES in Spencerport for many years, passing on her strong belief in the value of health care to her students. After retiring, she partnered with Homer to establish the Craft Antique Co-op in Hilton over the next two decades. She loved to work, declaring ‘Work is more fun than fun!’ Many happy years were spent there and she was key in building the Co-op community. Ellen enjoyed listening to people, sharing their joys and supporting them in their times of need. She was forever interested and curious and had an eye for all things beautiful–an intellectual and artist at heart. Some of her happiest times were spent at the Wilson Family Farmhouse in the High Peaks of the Adirondacks. She believed in family as the prime value and taught her children the importance of family relationships, traditions and celebrations. Many of us have been the recipient of Ellen’s acts of love and kindness. Friends and family may call Thursday, April 30, 2015 from 4 pm to 6 pm at Vay-Schleich & Meeson Funeral Chapel, 1075 Long Pond Road, Rochester, NY 14626. Her Memorial Celebration will be held in the Funeral Home Chapel on Saturday, May 2, 2015 at 11 am. Ellen loved flowers. For more information or to sign Ellen’s online guestbook, please visit MeesonFamily.com.


  1. Kathy Lancaster on April 26, 2015 at 12:00 am

    Homer, we are so very sorry for your loss. Ellen was a special lady and my husband and I were lucky to have known her during our time at the Co-op. She was always smiling and it was obvious she loved to be there. We think of you often. Please know you are in our thoughts and prayers. With our deepest sympathy, Harry and Kathy Lancaster

  2. Phyllis Hickey on April 29, 2015 at 12:00 am

    Homer, so truly sorry to learn of Ellen’s passing. My prayers are with you and your family. During my time as a vendor, both in Hilton and on the Ridge, she was a smiling,energetic presence who always had an ear to listen. She was obviously a big part of the success of the Co-Op and treated all there like another family. Sincere Condolences, Phyllis Hickey

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