Traverse City Record-Eagle

December 8, 2013

Hilary Thornhill Chapman Died Nov. 25, 2013

Traverse City Record-Eagle

---- — SUTTONS BAY — Hilary Thornhill Chapman died unexpectedly in her sleep, of natural causes, in Brooklyn, N.Y., on Nov. 25, 2013. Hilary was born in Traverse City on Aug. 2, 1988, and grew up in Suttons Bay.

She was the beloved daughter of Kate Thornhill and Robert and Susan Chapman, and sister to Eric Chapman, all of Suttons Bay. She is also survived by her grandmothers, Lillian Chapman, of Jamestown, N.Y., and Constance Thornhill, of Holland, Mich.; extended family members, Richard Tuxbury and Jeffrey Knebl, of Suttons Bay; an aunt, Linda Hiers, of Jamestown, N.Y.; an uncle, Thomas Thornhill, of Spring Lake; and two cousins, Daniel (Allison Voigt) Thornhill, of Washington, D.C., and Jeffrey (Kimberly) Thornhill, of Ames, Iowa.

Hilary was a 2006 graduate of Suttons Bay High School and a 2010 honors graduate of the University of Michigan.

She moved to NYC after college to pursue a career in the arts. Hilary first worked for the New York Institute of Arts but more recently performed research and writing as associate in modern and contemporary art for the art auction house Artnet.

There are no words to describe how much Hilary will be missed. She was a talented, beautiful, humble, determined and kind young woman. Hilary was quiet and thoughtful, yet she made friends easily, many of whom she dearly loved.

She was an accomplished equestrian and also loved good literature, art, traveling and organic foods. Even though Hilary liked living in the city, she still called Suttons Bay home and returned often to see her family and friends.

A memorial service will be held on Sunday, Dec. 22, at 2 p.m., at the Suttons Bay High School auditorium.

A scholarship fund has been set up in Hilary’s memory. Contributions to the fund can be sent to Suttons Bay Public Schools, PO Box 367, Suttons Bay, MI 49682. Please make a notation that the contribution is to go to the Hilary Thornhill Chapman Scholarship Fund. Donations may also be made to the charity of one’s choice.

Please share memories with Hiliary’s family at their online obituary at

Arrangements are with the Martinson Funeral Home of Suttons Bay.