Thelma Marie Hill
Thelma Marie Hill
  • August 20, 1920 - May 11, 2017
  • Keene, Texas

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Thelma Marie Hill, loving mother and grandmother, peacefully passed away Thursday May 11, 2017 at the age of 96.

Service: 2 p.m. Monday at Laurel Land Main Chapel, 7100 Crowley Road, Fort Worth, Texas, 76134. Visitation: 3 to 5 p.m. Sunday at Laurel Land. Interment: Laurel Land Memorial Park.

Memorials: In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Gabriel’s Hospice, 2501 Parkview Drive, Fort Worth, Texas, 76102.

Thelma was born on August 20, 1920 in Anadarko, Oklahoma. She grew up there on a farm in a family of ten children. At the age of nineteen, she married Freeman Collier. She was widowed at age twenty-five with two young daughters. She subsequently married Charles Hill.

In 1950, Thelma and Charles moved to Fort Worth, Texas, and established Eagle Plumbing Heating and Air Conditioning. She and Charles operated the business for 32 years. Thelma was a president of the Plumbing Heating and Cooling Contractors Association.

She was a devoted member of Stadium Drive Baptist Church for over 50 years. She served in numerous leadership capacities including nursery coordinator, Sunday school teacher, and treasurer. She was also involved with the Women’s Missionary Union.

Thelma was actively involved in her community. She served joyfully at Christian Community Assistance, and she was actively involved in the lives of many dear friends and fellow church members.

Her family was of utmost importance to her, and she was never happier than when she was with her children and grandchildren. Thelma had two daughters, five grandchildren, five great-grandchildren, and two great-great-grandchildren. She loved hosting family in her home for all occasions. After her sister passed away, she cared for her niece, Janice, as if she were her own. She considered Janice’s children, John and Julie, as grandchildren and was one of John’s active caregivers.

She had a heart for service and blessed every person she encountered.

Survivors: Daughters, Myrna Kennedy of Godley, and Beverly and husband Sam Owens of Olathe, KS; grandchildren, Dianne Ditmore, Kathy Zapata, Steven Kennedy, Jennifer Owens, and Amy Owens; great-grandchildren, Dora Zapata, Maria Contreras, Kristen Reddoch, Emily Ditmore, and Kayla Kennedy; great great-children, Gabriel Contreras, Sabrina Contreras, and along with numerous nieces, nephews, and friends.