November 13, 1931 - December 6, 2020
Margaret Hill, born Margaret Augusta Emery, age 89, of Townsend, DE, passed away on Sunday, December 6, 2020, in Christiana Hospital, Christiana, DE.
Margaret, a long-term resident of Connellsville, PA and Northern VA, was born to William and Emma (Stanton) Emery on November 13, 1931 in New Haven, CT. She lived in and around the town of New Haven for most of her childhood and graduated from Commercial High School.
Margaret was baptized as one of Jehovah’s Witnesses in 1959 where she served as a publisher in the New Haven congregation for 4 years. After her first husband’s death, she married Roy Hill in 1963 of New Castle, PA, and thereafter moved to Connellsville where they began to raise a blended family of 5 children, Brenda & Booker Johnson, Tony, Ivan, and Roy Hill, Jr.
After both Margaret and Roy were able to retire from their secular employers, they were able to participate in the pioneer service for the congregation. This assignment of pioneer requires devoting in excess of 70 hours per month in public testimony to bible beliefs taught by Jehovah’s Witnesses. They spent many hours with beloved friends preaching and teaching in Pennsylvania.
Margaret and Roy moved to Northern VA in 1991, settled in Reston, Virginia, and continued their pioneer service in the Vienna Congregation of Jehovah’s Witnesses. Brother and Sister Hill were beloved in every congregation they served in during the time they were together.
After Roy Hill died in 1992, Margaret continued to pioneer and embrace the privilege of being active in at least 4 additional congregations during the last 20 years of her life. She moved to Townsend, DE to live with her daughter, Brenda and son-in-law, Sim in January 2020. Margaret was an active member of the congregation there where she made several good friends.
Margaret’s spiritual activities coupled with her joy of cooking and baking filled her days. Many family and congregation members were recipients of her delicious gifts in the form of apple pies and oatmeal chocolate chip cookies, all made from scratch, with love. Understandably, her pies were the first to go from the dessert table at gatherings. No one, not even her daughter, can make that homemade pie crust like she did.
One special privilege of her ministry that Margaret particularly enjoyed was serving as a pioneer and member of the Farce foreign language group in Fairfax, VA. She was thrilled to be learning and teaching the bible to persons who spoke the Persian language even at her advanced age.
Her many foreign language friends were saddened upon learning of her death and had many recollections and comments about how they felt about Margaret. She set an amazing example in giving her best. She worked hard at preparing answers for the Persian meetings and in learning the language. Margaret’s tireless effort in learning the Persian language was amazing! She would spend hours to prepare her talks and service presentations. The Persian group was full of laughter. She would laugh at jokes and call them ” corny “. Margaret was in the Persian language group for about seven years and during this time was a core member of the group.
Margaret was consistent in adhering to her schedule for the ministry, even striving to drive and join the group in snowy weather! Her zeal and love for the ministry is definitely worth imitating! She set an example of faithfulness in the ministry, meeting attendance and even group social gatherings.
When she returned to visit interested ones their faces would light up because of her warm smile and love for people. Margaret remembered details about them which impressed them, and they realized not only that she cared but that she was also passionate about the message she was sharing. Great job Sister Hill!
Margaret’s zeal for the ministry was very inspiring. Her diligence was admirable. And her acute memory was un-paralleled; for example, no one needed a GPS system when riding with her because she knew the name of every street and remembered the turn-by-turn routes to wherever a person needed to go. She remembered her return visits with detail. Sometimes she would remember people others had forgotten to visit. Margaret will be missed by the Persian group in Fairfax, VA.
Margaret Hill was predeceased by her parents, William Emery and Emma Stanton of New Haven, CT; 4 brothers, William, John, Charles, and Robert; 3 sisters, Joan, Ruth, and Dorothy; her husband, Roy M. Hill; and son, Booker Johnson.
She leaves behind her daughter, Brenda Johnson Sanders (Sim) of Townsend, DE; stepchildren, Toni Burkley of New Wilmington, PA, Ivan Hill (Debbie) of Clairton, PA, and Roy Hill, Jr. (Butch) of Mt. Pleasant, PA; sister, Emma Wiley of Hamden, CT; along with her grandchildren, Troy, Brent, Jarrod, Carmen, Brandi, Tanya, Tina, Booker (Tommy), Lydia, Derek, Tiffany, Ryan and Lyam; and 24 great-grandchildren.
Per Margaret’s wishes, no services were held.