Carol Esther Hill, 79, of Nauvoo, Illinois fell asleep in the Lord at 7:45 a.m. Friday, August 16, 2019 at Maple Grove – Hancock Village in Carthage, Illinois surrounded by her loving family.
Born on October 6, 1939 in Billings, Montana, to Cecil Allen and Myrtle Alice (Sherwood) O’Banion. On August 19, 1959 she married Jake Hill, son of Jacob and Magdalena (Michaelis) Hill, in Billings. He preceded her in death on December 12, 2008.
When she was 3 years old, she, her parents and her brother, Ralph Richard, moved to Seattle, Washington and resided there while her dad worked in the Navy ship yards during World War II for several years and then returned to Billings.
As a youth she trained in tumbling, acrobat, and tap dancing and participated in numerous recitals and competitions. She loved the mountains in Montana and enjoyed fishing, hunting, and camping with her parents and relatives. As a teenager she spent summers working on her aunt and uncle’s ranch. She graduated from Billings Senior High School. She, her parents, and brother joined the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in 1950.
In 1968 Jake and Carol built and moved into a new home in Nauvoo. In 1969, Dr. J. LeRoy Kimball, the President of Nauvoo Restoration, Inc. asked her to be the secretary for Nauvoo Restoration, Inc. that began her career with NRI. However, her greatest joys were her sons and their families. She always looked forward to their evening get togethers. She loved to cook for the family.
She had various church positions, that of a teacher, President of Relief Society two times, President of the Young Women two times, Stake Relief Society Counselor, and Seminary teacher.
She retired from NRI in 2003 as Administrative Assistant, Director of the Historic Sites, Director of Conservation, Home and Historic Site Interior Director and Office Manager for NRI.
One of her hobbies was oil painting and participated in art competitions. She became an avid genealogist and found joy in researching family records and attending the Nauvoo Temple.
Survivors include four sons and their families: Rickie Allen (Kathryn) Hill of Spartanburg, South Carolina; Jared Jake (Amy) Hill of Nauvoo, Illinois; Jason Scott (Allison) Hill of Maricopa, Arizona; Jed Aaron Hill of Nauvoo, Illinois; and daughter-in-law Brielle Hill of Nauvoo, Illinois. She is also survived by sister-in-law Martha O’Banion, brother-in-law Adam Hill, and two sisters-in-law Rosie Freeck and Minnie (Jim) Steffan.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; one son: Jeffrey Roy; and brother: Ralph O’Banion.
Services will be held at 10:00 a.m. Friday, August 23, 2019 at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in Nauvoo, Illinois with Bishop Robert Barlow officiating. Burial will follow at the Nauvoo City Cemetery. Friends may call after 1:00 p.m. Thursday, August 22, 2019 where the family will receive friends from 5:00 until 7:00 p.m. at the Schmitz – Banks & Beals Funeral Home in Nauvoo, Illinois. A memorial fund has been established for Blessing Hospice of Quincy, Illinois. Please visit Carol’s obituary at sbbfuneralhome.com to leave a condolence.