On December 31, 2020, our beloved Mother, Marilouise Hill, passed away unexpectedly. She was 94. She is preceded in death by her loving and adoring husband of 53 years, Albert (2019). Instantly liked by all who knew her, our mother’s magnetic personality was her hallmark! The consummate hostess, she entertained effortlessly. Family gatherings will remain engrained in our hearts and minds forever; not just for the abundance of love surrounding our table, but notably the beautiful and delicious meals prepared by her loving hands. She cooked joyfully, as the sound of her beautiful soprano voice filled the home. Always one to encourage a visitor to pull up a chair, she’d graciously exclaim, “I’ll just throw another potato in the pot.” By the end of the meal she’d claimed you as family.
If asked her motivation, she’d state without prolonged equivocation that children were her mission. Born in Richmond, Indiana, even as a small child she was caring for children; often taking neighborhood children home to fix their hair or wash their hands and faces. As an adult she was drawn to Early Childhood Education, and ultimately established her own in-home nursery school. Mother would go on to pursue other entrepreneurial endeavors with her husband, Albert, including a restaurant, “Hill’s Chicken in the Rough,” and two Central Ohio SOHIO Service Stations. As a career woman she excelled in bookkeeping for local companies, including Schottensteins Properties, Shoe Corporation of America, and Kubota Tractor. In 1987, the couple chose to obtain certification and open their home to care for foster children. And in 1990, they were awarded “Black Family of the Year” for their local achievements in business, efforts in foster care, and contributions to community.
A vibrant life well-lived, Mother navigated life on her own terms, and proudly continued to live independently until her death. Resolute beyond compare, an inexplicable wonder, and grace personified, that was our mother; and forever in our hearts Mother will remain! Having outlived her siblings, Marilouise is survived by an adoring family of children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, extended family, and a host of loved ones and friends.
Memorial to be convened at a later date; at which time her ashes will be reunited for eternity with her husband Albert’s ashes, and lain to rest. With an abundance of gratefulness in our hearts, we thank ALL who loved her!