Betty B. Hill, a homemaker and orphanage volunteer, died of a pulmonary embolism Oct. 23 at St. Joseph Medical Center. The former Roland Park resident was 84.
Born Betty Jane Bearry in Dundalk, she was the daughter of an electrician and a homemaker. She was a 1944 graduate of Sparrows Point High School. She attended the University of Maryland, College Park and what is now Towson University.
While working at a summer job at Ocean City, she met her future husband, Samuel Dennis Hill, a lifeguard who was later an attorney practicing in Towson.
Mrs. Hill enjoyed children and volunteered at the old St. Vincent Orphanage in Timonium. She was also a Girl Scout leader for her daughters' troops.
Raised in the Methodist Church, she also attended Lutheran congregations and later joined St. Mary of the Assumption in Govans. She was active in a charismatic prayer group, the Abiding Presence.
She was a vendor at numerous craft fairs and helped her daughter sell homemade doll clothing.
"She loved talking with the little girls and put her people-person skills to use to sell a lot of dresses," said her daughter, Holly Hill Willse of Lutherville.
Mrs. Hill enjoyed entertaining and liked filling her home with guests.
A memorial service will be held at 9:30 a.m. Saturday at the St. Paul's School Chapel, 11152 Falls Road in Brooklandville.
In addition to her daughter, survivors include two other daughters, Polly Hill McGlone of Baltimore and Heidi Hill Strassner of Ladera Ranch, Calif.; a sister, Doris B. Wagner of Baltimore; and 11 grandchildren. Her husband of 51 years died in 2001. A son, Samuel D. Hill Jr., died in 2003. A daughter, Wendy E. Hill, died in 1971.Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun