Irene B. Hill

July 29, 1922 ‒ April 10, 2008

Mt. Gilead, Ohio

Irene B. Hill, age 85, of Mount Gilead, died early on Thursday morning, April 10, 2008, at the Woodside Village Care Center.

On July 29, 1922, Irene was born in Greenfield, Massachusetts, the daughter of the late John and Ellen (Wrisley) Blake.

While socializing with friends, Irene stumbled upon her husband to be, William “Ted” Hill, who was stationed in Massachusetts during World War II. Shortly thereafter they married on August 1, 1942. Following over forty one years of marriage, Ted preceded her in death on April 9, 1984.

In 1972, Irene and Ted moved from Massachusetts to Mount Gilead to be near their daughter, Betty.

With a warm smile, Irene loved to gather with friends and family and share lots of laughter. Being a cook suited her personality well, as she enjoyed taking care of her many customers. She had served as a cook at Bob Evan’s in Marion, the Freeway Inn at SR 71, and the Country Girl, both in Mount Gilead.

An avid bingo player, she looked forward to trips to the Iberia Fire Department with her daughter, Betty, and to yelling out “BINGO” when she won.

A loving grandmother, she frequented as many of her grandchildren and great-grandchildren’s sporting events as she could, all while being notorious for being “the woman with the cow bell.” If she wasn’t rooting for her grandchildren, she would follow her beloved Ohio State Buckeyes.

She will be dearly missed by her daughter and son-in-law, Elizabeth “Betty” Curtis Fuson and Howard Fuson of Mt. Gilead; son, William E. Hill of North Andover, Massachusetts; five grandsons: John (Debbie) Curtis of Mt. Gilead, Michael (Jean) Curtis of Cardington, Michael (Diane) Curtis of Waukesha, WI, Howard Allen Fuson, and Kevin (Vicki) Fuson; ten great-grandchildren: Ryan (Sarah) Curtis of Mt. Gilead, Kevin (Jenna) Curtis of Cincinnati, Sarah Curtis of Marion, Rachel Curtis of Waukesha, WI, Scott (Brittany) Curtis and David Curtis, both of Delaware, Elizabeth Curtis of Tennessee, Kaitlyn, Arthur James “A.J.”, and Connor Curtis, all three of Waukesha, WI; one great-grandson, Liam Erik Curtis of Mt. Gilead; two sisters: Rita Duprey of Chelmsford, MA, and Sandy Blake of California; two brothers: Clifford Blake of New Hampshire, and Raymond Blake of California; and numerous nieces, nephews, and friends.

In addition to her husband and parents, she was preceded in death by son-in-law, Arthur Curtis; grandson, Kris Fuson; great-grandson, Erik Doyle Curtis; two brothers and one sister.

Her family will greet friends on Saturday from 1 – 2 p.m. at the Snyder Funeral Home, 76 S. Main St., Mt. Gilead, where memorial services celebrating her life will follow immediately at 2:00 p.m. with Pastor John Shirley officiating. Burial will take place at a later date in Maple Grove Cemetery in Chesterville.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, Central Ohio Chapter, 2225 Citygate Dr., Suite E, Columbus, Ohio 43219.

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