SPRUCE HEAD — Hilda Cushman, 93, passed away peacefully at Tall Pines in Belfast in the early morning hours of Nov. 14, 2022.

Hilda was born on Dec. 6, 1928, to Carl and Betsy (McGuffie) Swanson on Clark Island, where she was raised and spent most of her life.

During her teenage years, she worked at the Craignair Inn as a housekeeper and waitress. After graduating from high school, Hilda raised her three children, Darlene, David and Fred. Later in life she went to work in local fish factories and Target Marketing in Rockland.

Hilda enjoyed spending time with her family and friends, whether as a hostess or guest. Over time she made many precious memories with her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Hilda was predeceased by her parents, and her brothers Carl E. McGuffie, Ernest “Sonny” Swanson and Roy Swanson. She is survived by her sister Shirley Talbot and her husband Ted of Owls Head; her three children, Darlene Melanson and her husband Terry of Cushing, David Cushman of Clark Island and Fred Cushman and his companion Shari Elwell of South Thomaston; her grandchildren, Angie Prior and her husband Todd of Cushing and Albert Grant and his companion Sara Mitchell of Warren; two step-grandchildren, Terry Melanson, Jr. of Robbinston and Corey Melanson and his companion Hannah Thompson of Cushing; eight great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; her “adopted” grandchildren whom she loved dearly; and several nieces and nephews.

Family and friends are invited to visit from 5-7 p.m., Monday, Nov. 21, 2022, at Burpee, Carpenter and Hutchins Funeral Home, 110 Limerock St., Rockland, where a celebration of her life will be held at 10 a.m., Tuesday, Nov. 22, 2022. The Rev. Larry Wheelis will officiate. For those unable to attend in person, a livestream of Hilda’s service may be viewed at the following link: hdezwebcast.com/show/hilda-cushman

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Shriner’s Burn Institute 51 Blossom Street, Boston, MA 02114.

To share a memory or condolence with Hilda’s family, please visit their Book of Memories at bchfh.com.