1925-2012

Mass of Christian burial for 87-year-old Patricia Hill of Carroll will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, May 17, 2012, at St. Lawrence Catholic Church in Carroll.

The Rev.  Timothy Schott will celebrate the Mass. She died early Thursday morning, May 10, at St. Anthony Hospital in Carroll.

Burial of cremated remains will be in Mount Olivet Cemetery in Carroll.

Patricia Lea, daughter of Donald James and Belva (Hart) Smith was born March 14, 1925, at Clinton, Iowa. Her family moved to Carroll where her father managed the Field Theater. Pat attended school for one year before the family moved to Florida. They then moved to Illinois where she graduated from Petersburg Harris High School in 1942. Pat attended MacMurray College in Jacksonville, Ill., for one year.

On June 4, 1946, Patricia married Bernard Hill at Davenport. The couple made their home in Peoria, Ill., and in 1955 moved to St. Paul, Minn. While in St. Paul, Pat worked as a secretary at the St. Paul Pioneer Press newspaper and later worked as assistant to the president of the 3M Corp. Pat and Bernard retired from 3M in 1989.

Upon their retirement Pat and Bernie moved to Arkansas and then Illinois, where Bernard died in 1993. Pat remained in Illinois until 2002 when she moved to Carroll. She was a faithful member of St. Lawrence Parish in Carroll. She was also a member of the American Legion Auxiliary and National Secretaries Association.

After Pat suffered a stroke she was unable to get around readily and suffered other health problems. However, her sudden death on Thursday, May 10, 2012 at St Anthony Hospital in Carroll was somewhat unexpected.

She is survived by her sister Nancy and husband Don Maher of Bartonville, Ill.; good friend Jane Miller of Carroll; and many nieces and nephews.

Preceding her in death are her parents; father Donald and stepmother Dorothy Smith;  mother Belva and stepfather Lester Tannahill; and brother Judge James Smith and wife Sharon.