Eleanor Marsh Hillers, the mother of Durango resident Ellen Hillers, died suddenly Wednesday, Aug. 29, 2012, in Fayetteville, N.Y. She was 80.
Known as “Ellie,” she was born to Henry and Mary Hunter Marsh in Wilmington, Del. She graduated from Friends School and magna cum laude from Wells College.
Mrs. Hillers worked as a biochemist for Bristol Laboratories and is named on the patent for the antibiotic tetracycline.
A member of Christ Episcopal Church in Manlius, Mrs. Hiller sang in the choir, was a bell ringer, painted ornaments and served on the Vestry. She was a consultant for many years to the National Episcopal Church. She was a member of the Cavalry Club, Syracuse Chorale and the Onondaga Garden Club.
Mrs. Hiller is survived by her husband of 58 years, Robert S. Hillers, of Fayetteville; children Ellen Hillers of Durango, Robert B. Hillers of DeWitt, Hunter Hillers of Manlius, N.Y., and Kimberle S.H. Cowley of Charlton, N.Y.; sister, Jane Dieckmann, of Ithaca, N.Y.; and nine grandchildren.
Visitation will take place from 3 to 6 p.m. today, Aug. 31, 2012, at the Newell-Fay Manlius Chapel, 8171 Cazenovia Road in Manlius. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 1, 2012, at Christ Episcopal Church, 407 East Seneca St. in Manlius.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation, 5008 Brittonfield Parkway, Suite 300, East Syracuse, NY 13057; or the American Cancer Society, 6725 Lyons Street, East Syracuse, NY 13057.
Online condolences may be sent at www. scheppfamily.com.