|Birth: ||Apr. 30, 1926|
|Death: ||Nov. 13, 2009|
Elizabeth "Betty" Hill, 83, of Waukon died Friday, November 13, 2009 at Good Samaritan Center in Waukon. Funeral services were held Tuesday, November 17 at St. John's Lutheran Church in Waukon, with Rev. Lynn G. Groe officiating. Burial was at Oakland Cemetery, Waukon.
Martin Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.
Elizabeth "Betty" Margaret Hill was born April 30, 1926 in McGregor, the daughter of Louis and Lelia (Cahoon) Knight. She was baptized at First Methodist Church in McGregor and confirmed later in her life at Glenwood Lutheran Church in rural Decorah. Betty attended McGregor area rural schools. Following school she did housekeeping for several area families, helped her mother at home, and worked as a nurse's aid at the McGregor Hospital and at a factory in Decorah.
March 30, 1947 she married Howard Irvin Hill at the Glenwood Lutheran Church Parsonage. Betty and Howard farmed in Hanover Township of Allamakee County from 1949 until 1960. She was active in all aspects of the farm. In the early 1960s she worked at the turkey plant in Postville and for Northern Engraving in Waukon as well as being a nurse's aid at Prairie du Chien Memorial Hospital.
In 1980 they moved back to Waukon and operated the Riverview Restaurant in McGregor and Ma and Pa's Café in Lansing until 1984. Betty also did a lot of baking for people, including area grocers and restaurants.
Betty was a member of St. John's Lutheran Church and Ladies Circle. She enjoyed raising flowers and a big garden, canning and freezing much of her produce. She did beautiful quilting and embroidery work and enjoyed fishing, camping and playing cards and games. She appreciated her care since moving to the Good Samaritan Center and had grown very close to the staff. Betty used her life as an example of unselfishly helping others and giving unconditional love to her family and friends.
Survivors include her seven children, Joyce (Jerry) Lestina of Frankston, TX, Jean (Dean) Anfinson of Decorah, Vicki (David) Grindstaff of Liberty, MO, Ronald (Chris) Hill of Monona, Wendy (David) Sanderson and Sondra (Loren Wilkins) Kruse, both of Waukon, and Marvin (Barbara) Hill of Monona; 20 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren, with one more on the way; two sisters, Ruth McClintock of Decorah and Hazel Hill of Waukon; and a sister-in-law, Grace Erickson of Decorah.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Howard, who died in 2004; a granddaughter, Melanie Sanderson; a sister, Shirley Beisker, two infant sisters; and an infant brother.
Honorary casketbearers were her granddaughters and great-grandchildren. Casketbearers were her grandsons, Troy and Russell Lestina, Tim Anfinson, Joseph and Travis Kruse, Mike Sanderson, and Andrew and Cody Hill.
Waukon, Iowa newspaper, THE STANDARD, November 18, 2009.
Louis Alpha Knight (1894 - 1965)
Lelia E. Cahoon Knight (1901 - 1999)
Howard Irvan Hill (1926 - 2004)
Created by: J. Pacholke
Record added: Jan 30, 2013
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