Corning, NY

On October 15, 2015, Hillary Maxwell Pappas passed away at the age of 63. A service will be held at Greensprings Natural Cemetery in Newfield, NY on Tuesday, 20 October at 1PM. A reception will be held following the ceremony. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the ASPCA or the Food Bank of the Southern Tier.

Born Hillary Maxwell Brown on 11 September, 1952 in Waterville, Maine to parents John and Vivian Brown, Hillary grew up in New England and Tennessee before graduating from high school and moving to Philadelphia. While living in Philadelphia, she married a childhood friend, Barry Pappas on 20 January, 1978. Shortly afterwards, they moved to the Southern Tier, where they eventually decided to settle, and where she would live the remainder of her life.

In 1982, Hillary graduated from Corning Community College with a nursing degree, launching a 32-year career as a thoughtful caretaker and medical professional. To say that she balanced her career with her responsibilities as a mother raising her two children, Maxwell and Brandy, would be incorrect- Hillary did not believe in balance, only in dedication. There was never a second priority- every person she came across felt like they were her sole focus. Her incredibly selfless devotion to her family, to her friends, and to her patients was her defining characteristic- no obstacle could prevent her from fulfilling her drive to help those in need. Those whose lives she touched can attest to that devotion, and to the tragedy of her passing.

An incredibly free, creative spirit, Hillary loved to spend her free time taking walks through the woods, kayaking in Lamoka Lake and enjoying nature. At home, she truly enjoyed sewing, crocheting, and cooking. Anyone who is lucky enough to have something she made (or have enjoyed one of her meals!) understands the craftsmanship, attention to detail, and originality which were the hallmarks of her creations. She dedicated many of her years to the study and practice of Yoga, teaching others her passion in order to spread the wellness and peace that she derived from it. Her pursuit of natural wonder, beauty, and imagination improved the world around her, and profoundly marked those fortunate enough to benefit from her gifts.

Hillary is survived by her husband, Barry, her children and their spouses, Maxwell and Lindsey and Brandy and Luiz, and three grandchildren, Wesley, Lillian, and Bryant. Her life's work lives on in the memories of those who knew her- her legacy of selfless devotion, caring and love. She will be missed by all those who knew her.