TOPSHAM — Tilly’s New Year’s Resolution was to move on to a new adventure. She passed away peacefully on New Year’s Day morning.

Tilly was born and spent her youth in Upstate New York. In 1968 she decided to visit a friend on the Monterey Peninsula in California. Her visit lasted seven years where she had a successful gardening business. In 1977 time to move on. She moved to New Mexico with two friends and opened a restaurant in Santa Fe, but lived in the well-known ghost town of Madrid, living in the former original church of the town.

Time to move on again and back to Upstate New York where she bought an apple farm and lived for a few years until she came to Topsham to visit a friend, fell in love with the area and has been here ever since – 30 years.

Tilly was a Jack (or Jill) of all trades. She had a gardening business, did dog sitting and painted houses just to name a few. In 1995, she bought the old bank building on Main Street and opened Bank on Antiques. Due to health issues retired in 2002 but continued wheeling and dealing from her home.

Tilly is survived by her wonderful Corgi, Brownie, who was lovingly adopted by Dick and Deb Spalding, her sister Jayne of California, brother Norman of Arizona, nephews Christian Salisbury, Clifford Tillema, and nieces Carolyn Rabe and Cheryl Kelly.

The family plans to have a gathering to celebrate Tilly in the spring when her lilacs and bridal veil are blooming. We’ll make an announcement at a later date. Until then. Tilly, enjoy your new adventure. We love you.

If you wish to make a donation in Tilly’s name I’m sure she would want it made to your favorite animal charity.