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Jill Rae (Hunkins) Hamelin

September 15, 1956 ~ October 25, 2021 (age 65)


Jill Rae Hunkins Hamelin  9-15-56 – 10-25-21. Jill was born September 15, 1956. Daughter of the late Raymond Edward Hunkins and Vera Mae Wingate Hunkins at the Hale Hospital in Haverhill, MA, she was raised in Plaistow, NH, attended Pollard School and graduated from Timberlane Regional High School, class of 1974.  Jill started working for her father at Hunkins Jewelers in Haverhill at a very young age where she realized a passion for mathematics.  She enjoyed working with the store bookkeeper, the late Emma Metcalf, and learned from her how to balance the accounting books.  Jill later worked in the accounting department for Compo Industries in Lowell, MA, before returning to work at the family business.  She met her future husband, Thomas Hamelin, who was running an errand for his parents, the late T. Louis “Bud” and Florence Hamelin.  On their first date, May 10, 1979, she and Tom went to dinner at Stella’s in Boston and were married six months later on November 18, 1979.  They settled in Georgetown, MA, where Tom had grown up.  Jill continued her love of numbers working at the Georgetown Savings Bank until she and Tom started their family.  She loved being a wife and mother and was thankful to be able to stay home and raise their sons, Travis and Jacob.  Once the boys were in school, Jill and Tom became foster parents for several children and happily adopted Jameson and Tricia.  She loved being “Grammie,” “Gammie,” or “Mimi” and spending time with granddaughters Sophia, Zara, Ellieana, River, and Layla. In addition to her husband Tom, Jill leaves her mother, Vera Wingate Hunkins, three sons: Travis Hamelin and his wife Aimee, Jacob Hamelin and his wife Jessi, and Jameson Hamelin, as well as one daughter, Tricia Chiraque and her husband Jean Bernard.  She is also survived by her brother Charles “Chuck” Hunkins and wife Nancy, sister Wendy Jo Lewis and husband Randy, aunt Jo Hamblett (who was more of a sister than an aunt) and her husband Allun (who was also Jill’s cousin), and Godson Malachi Bredy.  She also leaves several aunts, a niece, several nephews, many cousins, and friends.  After being diagnosed with Dermatomyositis in 2013, Triple Negative Breast Cancer (TNBC) in 2015, and Metastatic TNBC in 2018, Jill found joy and peace in God, family, friends, nature, traveling, knitting, and listening to Christian music.  She was truly blessed by the support of her husband Tom who sat through every chemo treatment (until COVID-19 mandated no accompaniment) and doctor appointments with her. She truly appreciated and enjoyed the time and devotion he freely gave throughout her sicknesses. Jill and Tom had planned to do a cross-country trip traveling at their leisure with their trailer; Jill never considered this plan would not occur.  Though they didn’t haul the trailer everywhere as intended, they were fortunate to get in quite a few trips visiting family, the Grand Canyon, Bryce Canyon, Rafting the Snake River in Montana, Yellowstone, Mount Rushmore, Crazy Horse Memorial, the “dancing” fireflies in South Carolina, a hot air balloon festival in upstate New York, the beaches in Maine and Sanibel with family for Thanksgivings. They enjoyed the view from their retirement home on Pentucket Pond in Georgetown. “Thank you, Tom, for 40+ wonderful years. Love you!”

All services for Jill will be private. For those who wish, Jill may be remembered through contributions  to By Faith Fellowship Church, 435 Andover St., Georgetown MA 01833. To share a memory of Jill with her family, please visit

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