Denise Hilliary

January 21, 1958 ~ December 4, 2020 (age 62)


Family & friends are invited to attend visiting hours on Sunday, December 13th from 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., at Waters Funeral Home, 449 Mitchell Avenue, Clairton, Pa. 15025 for Denise Hilliary, who passed suddenly on December 4th, 2020 at AHN Jefferson Hospital.

Denise, who was 62 when she passed was affectionally known as “Niecy” to her closest friends and family. She was born in McKeesport, Pa but was raised and continued to call Clairton, Pa home until she departed. Denise was educated in the Clairton education system, graduating from Clairton HS in 1975 and capped her education by graduating from the ICM School of business shortly after. Denise spent the past 43 years working for Bank of NY Mellon as an Infrastructure Operations Analyst where she was a linchpin for the team.

Denise was a dedicated mother and grandmother. She treasured her children and embraced them and everyone she held close with the love and affection that they required. She is survived by her two daughters, J’Nece (Grady) Nixon, Cierra Hilliary; Two sons, Larry (Crystina) Ferguson, Emmanuel Cottrell; 6 Grandchildren (Trentin, TaNyia, Taj, Tijair, Lexington & Lennox). Sister to Jannice, Jeffery and Jamie, as well as an Aunt to many nieces and nephews.

Outside of her family, one of her biggest loves was the Pittsburgh Steelers! She also had a passion for reading, board games, taking care of her plant babies and creating comfortable spaces in her home for friends and family to visit and relax in.

Denise was the root and foundation of the Hilliary family. She was known for her strength, independence, selflessness and genuine love that she sprinkled on whomever was fortunate enough to truly know and love her.


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December 13, 2020

2:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Robert A. Waters Funeral Home, Inc.
449 Mitchell Ave
Clairton, PA 15025

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