Towns of Wilton and Wilsonville mourn loss of clerks

The towns of Wilton and Wilsonville recently lost former town clerks.

Louise Reeder, the former Wilton town clerk, died May 19, 2002. She had served the town of Wilton for 37 years. She came to work as town clerk in 1964 and retired in Sept. 30, 2001.

Reeder’s daughter, Mary Lou Rutherford, said her job was her life.

&uot;She was a dedicated worker,&uot; said Wilton Mayor Joe Fancher. &uot;She really believed in her job.&uot;

Fancher remembers that Reeder was determined to do her job as perfectly as possible.

Rutherford also said her mother wanted everything to be perfect and &uot;to the penny.&uot;

&uot;After 37 years, she knew where everything was,&uot; said Fancher. &uot;She could put her finger on anything you needed.&uot;

&uot;(My mother) actually found a ticket that was 25 years old for someone not too long ago,&uot; Rutherford said. &uot;She was very organized.&uot;

&uot;That’s just the way she was,&uot; she said. &uot;She just loved Wilton and was always looking out for its best interests.&uot;

Edith Hallmark died April 24, 2002. For about 22 years, she had been Wilsonville’s town clerk and had retired Feb. 28, 2002.

&uot;She was a real partner with me in running the town,&uot; said Mayor Jake Morris. &uot;She had a lot of good ideas.&uot;

Morris remembered how Hallmark was concerned about the town of Wilsonville and tried to conserve the small town’s money any time she could.

&uot;She was kinda thrifty with our money,&uot; said Hallmark’s husband Phillip Hallmark, &uot;but even more so with (Wilsonville’s).&uot;

Wilsonville also got a new fire truck under Hallmark’s watch of town funds.

Phillip Hallmark remembers how impressed he was at his wife’s funeral when the fire and police department, thankful for her help, asked if they could lead the procession.

&uot;Every entrance to the intersection was blocked with police standing at attention,&uot; he said. &uot;I just want them to know how impressed by it I was.&uot;

Hallmark said that his wife dearly loved her job.

&uot;She was polite and dedicated,&uot; said Morris &uot;She thought a lot of Wilsonville and the people of Wilsonville thought a lot of her. We miss her a great deal.&uot;