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Stella Eliza Thew Gill

August 27, 2015
Lake Placid News

Stella Eliza Thew Gill, 90, formerly of Lake Placid, died peacefully on Friday, Aug. 21, 2015, surrounded by her four sons, at the Augsburg Village Retirement Community in Baltimore, Maryland. She had been a resident in the independent living section of Augsburg Village since 2003.

She was born to the late Francis and Marion Thew on March 20, 1925, in Lake Placid. Stella graduated from Lake Placid Central School in 1943 and became a registered nurse with the Cadet Nursing Corps at the Champlain Valley School of Nursing in 1947. She returned to school after all her sons had left for college and earned a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Plattsburgh State College in 1975 and a Master of Science in Nursing from Russell Sage College in 1982.

She wed Kenneth Gill in 1946 (secretly, in a different county, since nurses in training were not allowed to marry); they remained happily married until Ken's death in 2001. The couple settled in Lake Placid where Stella worked occasionally as a nurse at Placid Memorial Hospital while raising four boys. They moved to Plattsburgh in 1971 where Stella worked as a nurse in the dialysis unit at Champlain Valley Physicians Hospital while completing her bachelor's degree. The couple later relocated to Morgantown, North Carolina where Ken taught building trades at a technical school and Stella taught nursing at Western Piedmont Community College.

They retired from teaching in 1989 and began alternating between Florida and Plattsburgh in 1996.

Stella is survived by her sons: Christopher Gill of Seattle, Washington, Stephen Gill of Highland Park, Maryland, Andrew Gill of Baltimore, Maryland, and Brian Gill of Jensen Beach, Florida. She is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews, 10 grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren.

In addition to her husband and parents, Stella is predeceased by her brother, Spencer Thew; and sisters: Elizabeth McDonald, Nancy Lawrence, Fern O'Shea, Mary White and Frances Tryon.

Stella was an enthusiastic hiker and canoeist, initially with her sisters growing up on a farm on Cascade Road and later with her husband and sons throughout the Adirondacks. She was an accomplished knitter, self-taught dulcimer player, landscape painter and illustrator. She loved reading especially history and mysteries, and enjoyed watching almost anything on PBS.

In retirement, she and Ken traveled extensively in their RV, primarily through the national parks in the U.S. and Canada.

Interment of her ashes and graveside ceremony will be held in late June at the Essex County Veterans Cemetery.



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