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Hilma Knowles CORINNA – Hilma S. Knowles, 90, died February 21, 2011, surrounded by her children at a Bangor health care facility. She was born May 11, 1920 in Corinna, a daughter of Donald and Ethelyn (Skinner) Smith. She was a graduate of the Corinna Union Academy, Class of 1939. Hilma was a loving mother, grandmother and great grandmother. She was a homemaker and child care provider for many years and later had been employed at Eastland Woolen Mill.

Hilma was a member of the Happy Hour Club and the area Hospital Chaplaincy. She was an active member of the Pleasant Street Christian Church where she served for many years as the assistant treasurer, as well as taught Sunday School, Bible School, and participated in youth groups. She enjoyed playing miniature golf and outings with her friends.

She is survived by 3 sons, Dennis and wife Penny Knowles of Sanford, Ralph and wife Kathie Knowles of Palmyra, and Larry Knowles of Plano, TX; a daughter, Elaine and husband Donald Knowles of Bangor; a brother Donald “Malcolm” and wife Barbara Smith of Gorham; 9 grandchildren, Denise and husband Norman Butler, Stephen and wife Amy Knowles, Kristie and husband David Jandreau, Craig Knowles, Marla and husband Steven Scott, Brett Knowles, Valerie Knowles, Todd and wife Virginia Berry, and Jaime and husband Richard Stevens; 8 great grandchildren. She was predeceased by her beloved husband of 47 years, Thurlow Knowles, in 1987; 2 brothers Dean and Glenn Smith; and 2 sisters Athalie and Gwedolyn .

Funeral services will be held 11 AM Friday, February 25th, at Crosby & Neal Chapel, 68 Exeter Road, Corinna, with Rev. Edward Jaworski officiating. Friends may call at the chapel from 10 AM until the time of services. Spring burial will be in the Morse’s Corner Cemetery, Corinna. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Pleasant Street Christian Church Mission Fund , 29 St. Albans Road, Corinna, ME 04928 or to the charity of one’s choice. Those who wish may leave written tributes at

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