February 8, 2007


Funeral services were held February 7, 2007 for Kathleen Leah Harper Hill at Henkenius-Priester Funeral Home in Bloomfield, Iowa.

Kathleen Leah Harper Hill was born May 9, 1915 in West Grove, Iowa to Clay and Hazel Howard Harper.

She attended West Grove School through the eighth grade then graduated from Bloomfield High School in 1932. She then attended Bloomfield Junior College for two years, the State University of Iowa for one year, graduating in 1936 from the American College of Physical Education in Chicago, Illinois with a B. S. Degree in Physical Education and Recreation. Kathleen was employed as director of parks and recreation for the cities of Oelwein, Iowa Falls and Davenport.

Kathleen and E. Franklin Hill of Bloomfield were married on May 5, 1942 in Miami Beach, Florida where Frank was stationed with the U. S. Army. They returned to Davis County after the war in 1945 to make their home.

Three children, Michael Deverre, Patricia Diane and Pamela Kae were born to them. Franklin died February 27, 1970. In 2000 Kathleen moved to the Scotland County Residential Terrace in Memphis, Missouri.

Kathleen was employed as Activities Director at Bloomfield Silver Haven, later Bloomfield Manor. Kathleen started the congregate meal program in Davis County and served as Site Manager and coordinator of the Senior Citizen Programs in Davis County, from which she retired in 1982.

At the age of 10, Kathleen became a member of the West Grove United Methodist Church where she has been the longest continuous member and oldest member.

She has been a member of Friendship Chapter, Order of Eastern Star, and the American Legion Auxiliary, holding many offices in both organizations. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, and her brother, Deverre Harper.

Survivors include her son Mike and wife Janice, of Rockwall, Texas and her daughters, Pat Fender and husband Tom of Memphis, Missouri and Pam Andrews and husband Alan of Newton, Iowa. Also surviving are seven grandchildren and eight great grandchildren. Kathleenís zest for life, her humor and her loving presence will be greatly missed by her family.

Rev. Kevin Gingerich officiated the services. Burial was in West Grove Cemetery. Casket bearers were Emmett Andrews, Tim Fender, Chris Fender, Curtis Mallett, Rick Harper, Tony Lindeman and Larry Blunt.

Memorials may be made to Davis County Senior Center. Online condolences to the family may be sent to h-pfuneralhome.com.

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