Dilla June (Adams) Battista a lifelong resident of Duxbury passed away peacefully surrounded by her family on Monday April 4, 2022 at the age of 94. She was preceded by her beloved husband of 70 years Al Battista.
Dilla was born July 28, 1927 in Woodhaven New York. Daughter of George and Alice (Dixon) Adams. Dilla graduated from Needham High School in 1945 then moved to Bridgewater Ma to attend Bridgewater State College, graduating with a teaching degree in 1950.
Dilla was preceded by her older brother George. She was the beloved mother of her oldest son Mark Battista, his wife Becky, her daughter Bonny (Battista) Baldwin, her husband Mike and her youngest son Dana Battista and his wife Missy. She is also survived by her 8 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren.
After meeting in Bridgwater, Dilla and Al moved to Duxbury in 1954 where they built their house on land they purchased for $900 where the house still sits today. Dilla began teaching elementary school in Whitman Ma before taking a job at Alden Elementary School in Duxbury where she taught for over 32 years.
Dilla was a devoted educator who loved all her students. She loved to reminisce about her past classes and students, (she never forgot a student’s name) and wanted to always hear about how they were doing now. There was not a day that went by when someone wouldn't say, “I had Mrs. Battista as my teacher, she was my favorite.” After retirement she was a volunteer at the Duxbury Free Library.
Dilla was happiest when taking care of her grandchildren. Known lovingly as “Nanny” to all, she would spend hours at the Duxbury Free Library reading and attending story time with her grandchildren. Later in life she would attend all their games and events with her husband Al.
In 2000, Nanny was happy to help her family with many projects at Duxbury Beach Park and Blakeman’s during the summer months. She loved to sit at table #15 and greet her past students, friends and family. She will be missed dearly by all who would see her there each season.
Memorial visiting hours will be held on Monday, April 11th from 5-7:00 PM at the Shepherd Funeral Home, 216 Main St (rt. 106) Kingston. Memorial contributions in her name can be made to Duxbury Free Library 77 Alden Street Duxbury Ma. 0233
A Memorial Tree was planted for Dilla
We are deeply sorry for your loss ~ the staff at Shepherd Funeral & Cremation Service - Kingston