Helen Lydean “Dean” Gaiter Cockerham Hill

Helen Lydean ‘Dean’ Gaiter Cockerham Hill


Helen Lydean “Dean” Gaiter Cockerham Hill, 87, of Sarasota, Florida, passed away Sunday, Aug. 2, 2015, in Sarasota.

Born Jan. 11, 1928, in Jackson County, she was the daughter of the Rev. Raymond Gaiter and Leona Allman Gaiter, both of whom preceded her in death.

On Nov. 19, 1945, she married Cecil “Dell” Cockerham, who preceded her in death Nov. 27, 1991. On July 15, 2002, she married Arthur Hill, who preceded her in death Feb. 21, 2012.

Born and raised in Brownstown, she and Dell moved to Lake Alfred, Florida, after he retired. Since April 2012, she had lived in an assisted living facility in Sarasota. She had been a member of Havendale Christian Church in Auburndale, Florida.

Survivors include two daughters, Diana J. (Rob) Solomon of Benton, Tennessee, and Donna J. (David) Klosterman of Bradenton, Florida; seven grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; eight great-great-grandchildren; several stepgrandchildren, stepgreat-grandchildren and stepgreat-great-grandchildren; a brother, Donal Ray (Bard) Gaiter of Inverness, Florida; a niece, Jennifer (Pete) Willoughby of Columbus; and several other nieces and nephews.

Glen Abbey Funeral Home in Auburndale, Florida, handled the arrangements.

Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, 3277 Fruitville Road, No. 1A, Sarasota, FL 34237.

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