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Emma Ruth Hill

Obituary for Emma Ruth Hill

After losing hearing, became an advocate for the deaf

Services will be conducted Sunday, March 3, at 3 p.m. at First Christian Church, Huntsville, for Emma Ruth Wright Hill, 89, who passed away quietly on Monday morning, Feb. 25, 2019. Burial will be in the Mayes Addition of Oakwood Cemetery.

Emma was an only child, born on April 24, 1929 in Lubbock, Texas to Ernest R. and Maude L. Wright. Though she went deaf early in her life, she never let that stop her. She attended Texas Women’s University, Denton, TX where she developed life-long college friends. Upon graduation, she went to work for Chance-Vought, an aircraft company in Dallas as a draftsman.

Later in life, she returned to school for a second degree and worked as a computer programmer for Pasadena Independent School District from which she retired. She then became an advocate for the Deaf, educating people and organizations on how to meet their needs of the Deaf Community.

She married W. B. “Bill” Hill in 1962 and adopted his two children, Craig and Kitra. She and Bill had two more children, Lee and Kian. Emma delighted in art; genealogical research, and gardening. She was a devout Christian and a member of First Christian Church of Huntsville.

Emma is preceded in death by her parents, E.R. and M.L. Wright, her husband, W.B. Hill and daughter-in-law, Lupita Hill, wife of Craig Hill.

Survivors include sons – Craig Hill, and Lee Hill and wife, Elena; Daughters – Kitra Gray and husband, Ben, and Kian Atkin and husband, Tom; grandsons Juan Hill, Eric Hill and wife, Ashley and, William B. Atkin; granddaughter, Crystal Hill; and several great grandchildren.

Memorials donations may be made to The Boys & Girls Club of Walker County, P.O. Box 8600 Huntsville, Texas 77340.

Condolences may be left at www.shmfh.com


About Rich Heiland

Rich Heiland, former publisher of the Huntsville Item and owner of Free Press publications, LLC, a reporting/writing firm working with media, has been a reporter, editor and publisher at several daily papers. He was part of a Pulitzer Prize winning team. He taught journalism at Western Illinois University. He can be reached at freepresstx@gmail.com or 936-293-0293.

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