Mary Jean Hill of Sunset Beach, NC, passed away peacefully on April 15, 2022 at the age of 79.
Mary was born in Baltimore, MD to Edward B. and Alice R. Fleetwood. After moving to El Paso, TX at the age of five, Mary went on to attend Belair High School and went on to work as a pre-school teacher. She loved doing this and never missed a day of work in five years. In 1960 she met and married the love of her life, Franklin Hill. They went on to have two children, Arthur and Rebecca Hill.
Mary was predeceased by her beloved husband Frank and son Arthur.
She is survived by her daughter Rebecca (Robert) Howell, grandsons Paul J. Martin and Alain F. Martin, granddaughter Prescella Duke and great granddaughters Ember and Sabine Enriquez, Aubrey and Alaina Duke. Also surviving are two sisters, Chris Norton and Jackie Steiner.
Mary had a deep love of Texas and often talked about the warmth of the people there and the majesty of the mountains. She also loved animals and children. She was a quiet and open-minded person who lived her life with an innocent view of the world around her. She loved music and often danced with her daughter Rebecca in the family kitchen. Even though she never learned to drive, she managed to make her way from the east coast to the mid-west and back again to settle in the Carolinas. She saw people as they were and was loyal to those she loved till the end. Though she was limited in what she could give financially, she more than made up for it with her heart. These are the gifts that the family will hold onto and pass onto the next generation. Like the close bond she had with her granddaughter, Prescella, who loved to spend time with her. On many an errand, she would play music for her in the car so and say “Bob your head, grandma” to which grandma would reply “You’re crazy.” She truly was forever young.
As for her daughter Rebecca, she says she was honored to have Mary Hill as her mother. In her own words “I’m thankful I could care for you when you could no longer do it on your own. We will miss you more than words can say. You are forever in our hearts, always in our thoughts. You were loved.”
Her absence is like the sky, spread out over everything. Now one more sweet soul has been taken home.
Services will be held in private by the family.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the following organization that rescues and finds home for animals.
RACE: Rescue Animals Community Effort
503 Red Fox Street Northwest, Shallotte, North Carolina 28470, United States 910 -579-0407 raceshelter.org