Betty Ann Hill was born on June 18, 1952 in Estherville, Iowa, the daughter of William and Freida (Sathoff) Struss. She graduated from Sioux Valley High School in 1970. She was united in marriage to Raymond Hill on September 25, 1971 at the First United Methodist Church in Lakefield. After marriage they lived in Dunnell, Minnesota, where she worked for Innovar Industries as a fiberglass roller. They then moved to Sioux Valley and then Okabena before settling in Heron Lake in 1978. In 1979 she started working for the Heron Lake School District as a librarian and pre-school assistant. She also was an aide and ECFE secretary for several years. Then in 2002, she became the school secretary at the Heron Lake Elementary School. She took a great deal of pride in her work, was known for her organizational skills and her attention to detail and for helping teachers and students alike. Betty passed away at the Sanford Regional Hospital in Worthington, Minnesota on Saturday, October 17, 2009 at the age of fifty-seven years, three months, and twenty-nine days.
Betty was an active member of the First United Methodist Church in Heron Lake. She taught Sunday school and was the church secretary for several years. She was also on the Worship Committee, acted as an usher, a scripture reader, and was the financial secretary. She had also been a member of the TOPS group since 1980. Betty also served on the local library board for several years, and was an advocate for the American Cancer Society. Betty enjoyed baking treats for the school staff, scrap booking, planting flowers, shopping and going out to eat. She also had a great collection of tea pots and Santa’s. She enjoyed spending time with her family and friends, but most of all enjoyed being a grandma to her two grandchildren. Betty was a loving wife, mother and grandmother, who touched the lives of those who were fortunate to have known her.
Betty is survived by her husband of thirty-eight years, Raymond Hill of Heron Lake; her two children, Brenda (Dean) Anderson of Jackson, and Bradley (Sheri) Hill of Heron Lake and her two granddaughters, Rachel and Sarah Anderson. Also surviving are her two sisters, Ruth (Jerald) Morse of Lakefield, and Dawn (Darrel) Kirsch of Wesley, Iowa.
Betty was preceded in death by her parents.
Funeral services will be on Wednesday, October 21, 2009 at 10:30 AM at the United Methodist Church in Lakefield with Pastor Daniel Brewer officiating. Burial will be the Lakefield City Cemetery.
Visitation will be on Tuesday, 10-20-09, from 5 to 8 PM at the Osterberg-Hansen Funeral Home in Lakefield and on Wednesday – one hour prior to the service at the Church.
Blessed be the memory of Betty Ann Hill.