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Bernadette “Rinky” (Pillsbury) Hills

Bernadette “Rinky” (Pillsbury) Hills, age 86, of Pepperell passed away peacefully in her home surrounded by her four boys and family on Wednesday, April 29, 2020 after a courageous battle. Rinky was born in Pepperell, on December 30, 1933 to Irving and Marion (Kiely) Pillsbury.  She was a lifelong resident of Pepperell. She attended Pepperell schools and worked as an office manager and school bus driver for the local bus company. She was a loving and devoted mother, sister, grandmother, great-grandmother, aunt and friend. Her family was the center of her life. She was happiest being surrounded by her four boys and their families. She could be found baking, cooking a wonderful meal, or lending a helping hand to those in need.
     She is predeceased by Thomas Pillsbury, Joyce T. Chapman, and David “Ticky” Pillsbury. She leaves her children Irving Hills, his wife Valerie; Leland Hills; Oscar Hills and his wife Patricia; and John Hills and Kristina; 14 grandchildren and 18 great grandchildren. Rinky is also survived by her siblings Betty Pillsbury Cleary, Mary Jane Pillsbury, Irving Pillsbury, Jr., Elaine Newsham, Martha Spaulding, Barbara Labadini, John Pillsbury, Nancy Reagan and Denise Pillsbury.
     Due to current circumstances, burial was private at St. Joseph’s Cemetery in Pepperell.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in her name to: Al-zheimer’s Association, 309 Waverly Oaks Road, Waltham, MA 02452 www.alz.org
Arrangements under the care of Badger Funeral Home, A Life Celebration Home, Groton. To share a memory or offer a condolence visit: www.badgerfuneral.com
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