Marian Heffernan Hills
August 23, 1938 - October 10, 2022

Marian Sue Heffernan Hills (August 23, 1938 – October 10, 2022) was predeceased by her parents, George William and Marian Hardy Heffernan, and brother, George W. Heffernan.  She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Mary Alice and John Hudson, Wilmington, NC and grandchildren, John and Kaylee Hudson, Cary, NC and Marian Hudson and Shane Whittington, Raleigh, NC.  Marian was born and raised in Memphis, TN, but lived many years in Nashville, TN, Washington, D.C. and Wilmington, NC.

Marian’s work life included Memphis Bank and Trust, the Senate Office of Bill Brock (TN), the Gubernatorial Office of Lamar Alexander (TN) where she served as the Assistant Commission of Corrections and Warden of the TN Penitentiary for Women, the United States Department of Labor during the Reagan and Bush Administrations, and the Smithsonian Institution’s National Portrait Gallery.

After retiring and moving to Wilmington, she filled her days with family, friends, and community.  She moved to the Tangle Oaks community and joined the Wilmington Newcomers Club, where she created many lasting friendships.  She became a Master Gardener and spent many hours volunteering at the New Hanover County Arboretum.  She served as a docent for the Latimer House and the Cameron Art Museum.  She played bridge and scrabble and joined a Salon that discussed a myriad of interesting and amazing things.  She was a founding member of Holy Cross Episcopal Church, where she served on the Vestry and was chair of the Altar Guild. She loved the arts and immersed herself in the musical life of Wilmington, serving on the boards of the Wilmington Symphony Orchestra and the Thursday Morning Music Club.

She lived an amazing life filled with travel, music, service to her community, and many wonderful friends. She loved and was loved dearly.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her memory:

Holy Cross Episcopal Church

5820 Myrtle Grove Road, Wilmington, NC 28409

The Wilmington Symphony Orchestra

5032 Randall Parkway, Wilmington, NC 28403

The memorial service for Marian H. Hills will be held at Holy Cross Episcopal Church on Tuesday, October 18, 2022 at 1pm.


  • Phyllis Leimer Posted October 13, 2022 9:12 am

    I am so sad to learn of Marian’s death. She was an extremely interesting woman and it has been my privilege to know her. My condolences to her family and to all of us who knew her.

  • Deborah Sams Posted October 14, 2022 5:38 pm

    What an exceptional life. As a result, her work and family remain as wonderful legacy on this planet. Blessings…

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