Death of Mary Myrtle Hill
From a newspaper clipping, May 1897: “Mary Myrtle Hill, daughter of Avery A. and Charlotte Smith was born January 17th, 1869, was raised in Hillsdale county, Michigan. Married Frank E. Hill of Colon, Michigan, February 11th, 1890, and she died at her family home in Colon, Mich., May 17, 1897. After their marriage they came to Colon, Mich., to reside, where there were born to them three children, Charlotte W. Hill, born Oct. 19th, 1893, Thomas D. Hill, Oct. 1st, 1895 and Fannie Ann Hill, April 6th, 1897.
Mrs. Hill was endowed intellectually with good moral qualities of mind and discretion possessing a warm and sympathetic nature in as eminent degree. During her sickness she bore her suffering calmly, patiently and considerately. Was a graduate of the High School at Hillsdale and a student of the Hillsdale College. She was a member of the Presbyterian church of that place for several years. Was associated with several societies literary and fraternal in character and an active member of all. She was esteemed and highly respected by all who knew her. Her moral exemplary and Christian character was manifest in her every day life. She was a kind affectionate and devoted wife and mother. The funeral services were held at the family residence being conducted by Rev. W. H. Thompson pastor of the M. E. church his remarks being very impressive also Rev. White of the Baptist church assisted. The beautiful display of flowers, many of which were sent by friends from Hillsdale, Pontiac and Lansing, added to the impressiveness of the occasion. Her husband, children, parents, relatives, as well as her friends will surely feel the loss of her companionship and it is sad for them to think they shall never meet her on this earth again but hope to meet her on the shores of that beautiful city where we are all hastening. However, let us hope that in the Springtime of another life mother, father, children, friends and relatives will gather together in a sweet reunion where sorrow and parting is unknown.”
Her husband, Frank Hill, was later remarried and his new wife died in 1923. He was president of the E. Hill & Sons State Bank and died in 1929.