Wilda ‘Marie’ Hill, 97, Melvern: Nov. 8, 1919 – Aug. 14, 2017 – Osage County Online | Osage County News

Wilda ‘Marie’ Hill, 97, Melvern: Nov. 8, 1919 – Aug. 14, 2017

MELVERN, Kan. – Wilda “Marie” Hill, 97, passed away on Monday, Aug. 14, 2017, at the Presbyterian Manor-Jones Health Center, Emporia, Kan. She was born on Nov. 8, 1919, on a farm near Melvern, Kan., the daughter of Walter and Elsie Patterson White.

Marie had lived most of her life in and around Melvern until moving to a retirement facility in Emporia, in 2006.

On July 16, 1938, Marie married Dave Hill; they were married for nearly 70 years. He passed away on Feb. 24, 2008.

Marie taught in one-room schools throughout Osage County in her early years, did substitute teaching in later years, became the head cook at Melvern Schools, clerked at both grocery stores in Melvern, and helped with the farming operation.

Marie was preceded in death by her parents; and siblings, Wayne White, Lydia Cooke, Marvin “Jack” White and Norma Green.

Marie is survived by her daughters, Jeanie Lawhorn and husband, Jim, of Eudora, Kan., and Davonne Lowry and husband, Tom, of Emporia; grandson, Chad Lawhorn and wife, Kristine, Eudora; granddaughter, Kelsi Coble and husband, Tanner, Olathe, Kan.; three great-grandchildren, Colby Lawhorn, Olivia Lawhorn and Carter Coble; sister-in-law, Sandy White, Emporia; and many nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday, Aug. 18, at Melvern United Methodist Church, 620 N.W. Emporia St., Melvern. Burial will be in the Melvern Cemetery. The family will receive friends 6-8 p.m. Thursday, at Feltner Funeral Home, Lyndon.

Memorial contributions may be made to Melvern Pride and sent in care of Feltner Funeral Home, 818 Topeka Ave., Lyndon, KS 66451. Online condolences may be left at feltnerfuneralhome.com.

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