Lula Mae Hill, 86, beloved sister, cherished Aunt, devoted friend, and stead-fast Christian sister, died at the University of Maryland Charles Regional Medical Center in La Plata, Maryland on Tuesday, November 14, 2017. Mrs. Hill, a resident of 132 Arrowhead Drive, Hyannis, Massachusetts for over 47 years, had recently moved to Morningside House of St. Charles, Waldorf, Maryland. Mrs. Hill was an active and faithful member of Osterville Baptist Church and a local neighbor both adored and loved by her community.
Mrs. Hill was born on March 24, 1931 in Smiley, Texas. She was the third eldest in a family of six children raised by Frederick D. Bruce and Willie Mae Moore Bruce. After the Bruce family moved from the rural farmlands of Smiley to the city of San Antonio, Mrs. Hill was educated at Phillis Wheatley High School from which she graduated in 1949. She briefly attended St. Philips Junior College where she served as the President of the Student Government. Mrs. Hill worked for two years at Kelly Air Force Base before enrolling at Hampton Institute, in Hampton, Virginia where three years later, she was awarded a Bachelor of Science degree in Home Economics Education in 1956. Mrs. Hill enjoyed saying that she next pursued her M.R.S. degree when she married Levi Jesse Hill, an enlisted man in the United States Air Force, on September 29, 1956 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Mrs. Hill and Mr. Hill celebrated their fiftieth wedding anniversary in 2006 and remained husband and wife until Mr. Hill’s death in 2011.
Mrs. Hill was a teacher by vocation and accepted her first position as a teacher-supervisor at the Virginia State School for Deaf and Blind students from 1957-1958. Over the course of the next twelve years, Mrs. Hill sought and accepted teaching positions wherever Mr. Hill was stationed as a serviceman in the United States Air Force. She taught homemaking to ninth grade students at Hickam Air Force Base in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii from 1959-1962. She taught again when they moved to Maxwell AFB in Montgomery, Alabama during the height of the Civil Rights movement and integration of public schools. And when the family of two, now joined by her younger adopted brother Marcus Bruce, moved to Clark Air Force Base in the Philippine Islands, Mrs. Hill taught Sunday School and Bible School classes to young children. When the family finally moved to Otis Air Force Base in Bourne, Massachusetts, where Mr. Hill retired from the Air Force after 24 years of service, Mrs. Hill retired from teaching and took a position as a saleswoman at the Filene’s Department in the newly opened Cape Cod Mall.
Mrs. Hill was a devoted Christian who daily studied the Bible and cultivated a deep spirituality that profoundly shaped her family life, her commitment to her church, and her relationships in the wider community. Meticulous in the care of her family and her home, generous in her charitable giving and activities, and devoted to her many friends, Mrs. Hill will also be remembered for her sense of style, elegance and warmth.
Mrs. Hill is survived by her brother, Marcus Bruce; her nieces and nephews, Arthur Turner, Angela Richards, Kevin Turner, and Charlene Powell; Bruce Grady, Diane Grady, Jeffrey Grady, and Darrell Grady; David Bruce and Richard Bruce; her cousins, Nora Lee Caraway and Elva Williams Hunt and her former sister-in-law, Jill Sturtevant Bruce.
Funeral services are planned for Saturday, November 25 at 11:00am at Osterville Baptist Church in Osterville, Massachusetts. A Visiting Hour will begin at 10:00 and following the memorial service a reception will be held in the church fellowship hall. The final burial is scheduled for Monday, November 27 at 11:00am at the Massachusetts National Cemetery in Bourne, Massachusetts. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Elder Services of Cape Cod and the Islands at 68 Route 134, South Dennis, Massachusetts or the ministry of the Osterville Baptist Church.