Dorothy A. HILL

  • Born: August 28, 1926
  • Died: March 20, 2015
  • Location: Marquette, Michigan

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Marquette, MI 49855
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Tribute & Message From The Family

Dorothy Ann Hill, age 88, of Marquette, passed away peacefully in her sleep on the first day of spring, March 20, 2015. She was lovingly cared for by her daughter-in-law, Deirdre, for the last several years of her life and was able to remain in her own home. Dorothy was born to Duncan and Dorothy Cameron in Kalamazoo, Michigan on August 28, 1926. Dorothy married the love of her life, Edwin Gustav Hill in May of 1948. Together they raised five children and supported them in all of their endeavors. Dorothy was a kind, warm, caring woman who openly accepted everyone into her home, especially her children's friends and her dear relatives. She always loved to visit and chat. She lovingly cared for her grandchildren and until Alzheimer's set in, she cared for her great-grandchildren. Truly, they were her pride and joy. She was a force on the golf course, always knew how to enjoy life, cherish the little things, and the Irish in her enabled Dorothy to tell the best jokes. Dorothy is survived by her sons, Steven Hill (Sonia Wieczak) of Denver, CO, Cameron (Deirdre) Hill of MQT; her daughters, Laurie Leece of MQT, Melanie (Willie) Jones of O'Fallon, IL and Kathryn (Brent) Chapman of MQT; grandchildren, Elena Claros, Tara Hill (Ryan Campbell), Cameron C. Hill (and his mother Diane), William Jones, Dessa and Abbie Chapman; great-grandchildren, Jasmine and Sophia Claros, Ava Hill-Gillespie, Aurora and Ashton Campbell, and Delia Chapman-Perry; sister, Ruthie Warren of Trout Creek; brother Bruce (Katie) Cameron of Holt; several nieces, nephews and special cousin Patricia McGinty. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband "Eddie," her brother Joseph Cameron, (killed in the Battle of the Bulge), her brother Edward (Sonny) Cameron, and her sister Jean Lord. We the family, would like to thank the very special people at Marquette Adult Day Services, and those who helped care for our mother in her later years in her struggle with Alzheimer's disease. (Hildia Ball, you are truly one of God's angels.) She will be greatly missed, though remembered through friends, and relatives who loved and cared for her as her memory lives on. A Celebration of Dorothy's life will be held at 11:30 a.m. on Friday, July 10, 2015 at the Canale-Tonella Funeral Home with Rev. Gregory Heikkala officiating. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service. Dorothy, we love and miss you and you are now FREE! The Canale-Tonella Funeral Home is assisting the family where memories may be shared at


Condolence & Memory Journal

Kathy, Laurie, Melanie, Dessa, Abbie, Brent, Diedra, Cameron and all the other grandchildren, nieces and nephews and loved ones, I am unable to attend Dorothy's service today. She was such a special lady in so many ways and she will be forever missed by her loved ones. I remember her as a smiling gentle lady. I never got to experience her rowdy side personally, but I've heard the stories and even I will miss her. Please know that I am thinking of you all.Marti Selle

Posted by Marti Beidleman Selle    July 10, 2015

Dear Cousins,
I will be thinking of all of you on the 10th as you honor your wonderful mother. She did so much to help us all, especially when we were struggling with health issues. I remember her love and attention for both Mom and Byron during there many times in Marquette Hospital.
Most of all, I remember her keen wit and sense of humor. I never knew anyone who could tell a joke like Aunt Sis! The last time I saw her was at Mom's funeral in 2005. She was struggling with her memory but was able to give us all a warm hug.
I won't be able to get up to Marquette for the memorial service but I hold you all in my heart and prayers.
Much Love,
Ellen Lord

Posted by ellen lord    July 07, 2015

Thanks for sharing. I like to think the rif raff legacy carries on through her grandchildren. 😉

Posted by Tara Channtelle Hill    July 07, 2015

Thanks for the kind words Cindi. We were lucky to have such a great mother! Luv you.

Posted by KATHRYN CHAPMAN    July 07, 2015

Thank you Mary Jo. Oh the "riff raff club" my they did know how to have fun, they were quite legendary in their day!

Posted by KATHRYN CHAPMAN    July 07, 2015

Thank you Jayne. My mom did love getting out with her friends. She always had such a good time with you ladies!

Posted by KATHRYN CHAPMAN    July 07, 2015

Thank you Lisa, she always thought you were a doll. We were lucky to have such a great mom.

Posted by KATHRYN CHAPMAN    July 07, 2015

Thanks Mike. She was a great lady and yes she did love a good joke!

Posted by KATHRYN CHAPMAN    July 07, 2015

So sorry to read of Dorothy passing. I worked at MGH for many years and often saw her their. She always had a wonderful smile and a joke to share. So glad I was blessed to meet her. God bless all her family.

Posted by Mike Baldock    April 30, 2015

Kathy, Brent, Dessa, Abbie and Family:
So sorry to hear about the passing of your Mom (Grandma). There are many fond memories and stories Dorothy shared about her family that she loved so much whenever I would see her. Take care and just remember there are many friends that are thinking of you during this difficult time.
Lisa Ely and Family

Posted by Lisa Ely    April 08, 2015

Dear Laurie, Steve, Cam and Family
I was saddened to hear of Dorothy\"s Passing. I have many fun memories of bowling with Dorothy on Wednesday afternoon at the Windmill and later at the Westwood Lanes. Oh! her jokes were so great. Many memories of Dorothy, Clara and Mary Soli, at the golf course.
She was a great GalJayne

Posted by jayne (Bourque) Zorza    April 02, 2015

Kathy, Steve, Cam & Family: So sorry to hear about your mom. I have the best memories of her from the golf course over the years - she always had a smile on her face and a good joke or story to tell. When I was old enough to play in the ladies league I always looked forward to playing in her group because you just knew it was going to be a good time. Any time my mom (Jackie Specker) went out with your mom and the rest of their "riff raff club" (as they liked to call themselves) my mom came home and talked and laughed for days about everything Dorothy said or did - your mom brought so much joy everywhere she went and she will be missed.

Posted by Mary Jo (Specker) Stuart    March 31, 2015

Kathy, Steven, Cam, Laurie & Melanie - I am so sorry for the passing of your mother. I know there are no words that can comfort you at this time but you are all in my thoughts and prayers. Much love to your wonderful family, xoxox, cindi

Posted by Cindi Carlson    March 31, 2015