Longtime Wilton resident Jean McMillan Hemstreet, 91, of Falmouth, MA, passed away on August 24, 2012, after a difficult summer and, eventually, pneumonia. She was born and raised in Wilmington, Ohio, daughter of Esther Jane Carroll and Esper Jacob McMillan. She was pre-deceased by her parents, husband, and brother. She is survived by two daughters, Nancy Eaton of Glastonbury, CT and Katherine Cooper of Falmouth, MA; two granddaughters, Heather Gray of Framingham, MA and Kristin Eaton of Litchfield, CT; one great grandson, Owen Gray; and numerous cousins, nieces, and nephews.
Mrs. Hemstreet graduated from Kingman High School in Wilmington and in 1942 from Wilmington College, where her mother was a trustee. After teaching in Ohio, she moved to Washington, DC during World War II where she met her husband, Navy Ensign Harold S. Hemstreet, while serving as a hostess at the Officers' Club. They married in May 1944 and moved to Cambridge, MA where her husband was stationed at MIT working on Radar Directed Gunnery. After the war, the Hemstreets moved to Baltimore, MD where in 1947 their first daughter, Nancy Jane, was born, and later that year to Akron, OH. In 1949, the family moved to Binghamton, NY where their second daughter, Katherine Alice was born the following year. In 1959, the family moved to Wilton, CT which would be their home for the next 32 years. After Mr. Hemstreet's retirement from Perkin-Elmer Corporation, they built a home in North Hampton, NH. Following her husband's death in 1999, Mrs. Hemstreet moved to Falmouth, MA to be close to her daughter and son-in-law.