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Senator's widow dies at 76
Ruth Ann Hill
Ruth Ann Hill - photo by Photo submitted

Ruth Ann Hill, 76, passed away Friday surrounded by her loving children. 

 A lifelong resident of Reidsville and the widow of state Sen. Jack Hill, her works both professionally and personally will leave a lasting impact on all who knew her. 

Professionally, her primary career was in public education, where she would eventually retire as the principal at Reidsville Elementary School. In addition, she prided herself in her role as the wife of a grocer. 

 Her forte in the store, Hill Shopping Center, was in the frozen food section. Many will recall her “flair” for showcasing whatever frozen food was being featured for the week. She would not only demo the product in the store, but would also dress according to the location or region the food was from.  This dramatic presentation in the store  increased sales  and  highlighted one of her many talents, a master craftsperson in sewing. She was an artistic individual and showcased those talents as she would handcraft the children’s Halloween costumes year after year, and many of their clothes for daily wear. 

Outside of her professional responsibilities, she was devoted to her church, Reidsville Baptist. For many years, she sang in the choir and also the piano player for the church. In what little free time she had, she loved traveling and shopping.  All be it the traveling usually revolved around a grocer’s convention!  No matter how little free time she had, she and Jack would walk many miles in Reidsville for exercise daily. 

Faithfulness and hard work not only applied to her professional life; she was a beloved mother and grandmother.  As the kids grew and her family expanded, to include seven granddaughters, she and Jack would never miss the chance to see their activities and achievements. No matter if it were a soccer game, awards presentation, a beach trip or just a chance to play “dress up” with the girls; they would be there.  

One of the tastiest ways she expressed her love for her family was through her skills in the kitchen. Everyone in the family recalls two of her best dishes, a sour cream pound cake and her squash casserole.  Indeed, Ruth Ann Hill was loved by all who knew her and her indelible mark on this community will never fade, she will be deeply missed. 

 She is preceded in death by her parents, Woodrow E. and Gladys Alexander Nail; her brother, Woodrow E. Nail, Jr.  Most notably, she is preceded in death by her beloved husband of 48 years. The pair were indeed soul mates and despite her battles with Alzheimer’s, her heart felt the void left by her husband and she joined him after only 18 days of separation.  

She is survived by her children, Dawn Hill (Neil) Kullberg of Sylvania, Amy Hill (Todd) McGee of Cumming, and Lance (Sheila) Hill of Warner Robins; sister, Karen (Stan) Hill of Richmond Hill; sisters in law,  Jill Hill (Michael) Flynn of Savannah and  Gail Hill (Jesse) Thurmond of Wilmington Island and Alice Nail of Charlotte, N.C.; grandchildren, Alexandria Hill; Emerson, Gracen, Caroline, Addilyn Kullberg; Taylor and Avery McGee; special “family” member, Joyce Sharpe of Reidsville; several nieces and nephews.

The family is giving friends of Mrs. Ruth Ann an opportunity to come by the funeral home to pay their respects today from the hours of 5-7 p.m. The 10 people, six-feet rule will be enforced at the funeral home.  A private graveside funeral service will be held Monday from the Reidsville City Cemetery with Dr. Charles Jonas officiating.

Pallbearers will be Lance Hill, Sean Hill, Michael Flynn, Todd McGee, Neil Kullberg and Matt Hill.

Memorials may be given to Georgia Southern University College of Education, Post Office Box 8053, Statesboro, Ga. 30460 or the Alzheimer’s Association, 225 North Michigan Avenue Floor 17, Chicago, Ill. 60601.

Low Country Cremation and Burial is serving the family of Mrs. Ruth Ann Hill.