WILTON, CONN. — Frances Ford Hills, who ran Frances Hills Antiques from 1952 to 2000, died on Wednesday, July 10. She was 96 years old. Frances spent her childhood in Owenton, Ky., where she grew up with her seven brothers and sisters, and four half brothers. She began coming to Wilton in 1935 when she was 18 years old. She visited and worked for her uncle and aunt who owned Hawkstone Antiques, located in the home that she and her husband Arthur later purchased.
Frances lived in her home for more than 60 years; it was where she and Arthur had their antiques business. She loved buying and selling, and over the years developed a keen eye for beauty and style. She gained a vast general knowledge of early American antiques, and was an avid collector.
Frances made and kept many devoted customers and friends. Her passion and love for antiques inspired many people to become collectors, and in many cases, antiques dealers. She loved her business, as she said it gave her the opportunity to own so many beautiful things, if only for a few days. She considered herself very fortunate to be able to earn a living doing something she loved so much.
Frances was a member of the First Congregational Church of Ridgefield for more than 50 years, and was active in Family and Children’s Aid Services. Besides talking with and entertaining her countless friends, she enjoyed gardening, cooking, playing cards and keeping in touch with her family. Until the end of her life she had a sharp wit and a delightfully keen sense of humor.
Frances is survived by her daughter Lynne G. Hill of Ridgefield; three sisters, Alice Stein of Atlanta, Ga., Sarita Ford of Mulberry, Fla., Elizabeth Tanner of Cynthiana, Ky.; and many nieces and nephews. She leaves behind many friends; she will be remembered and dearly missed.
Her family requests people make memorial donations to the Alzheimer's Association, a charity of their choice or to “simply do something kind for someone you do not know.”
A memorial service will be conducted Saturday, July 27, at 1 pm, at the First Congregational Church of Ridgefield (Conn.), 103 Main Street.