Almira May Hill
May 4, 1921 – December 9, 2020
In loving memory of Almira May Shorrock Hill, also affectionately known as “Gammy”. Mira, as she was called by friends, was born on May 4, 1921 to Mary and Charles Shorrock in Kearny, New Jersey. At the time of her death, she was 99 ½ plus five days on her goal to live to be 100! Mira dedicated her life to being a loving wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother, and friend. Mira met the love of her life “Eddie” in Ft. Monmouth, New Jersey where they married on October 3, 1942. They spent 70 years together raising their three children and serving their country in the U.S. Air Force before retiring and traveling the world. Together they experienced visits to forty-five of our fifty states and had extensive travels to thirty-two countries abroad. Mira was a great cook who loved to entertain. She loved having family and friends join them on their houseboat “Playmate Two” on Lake Travis where they spent many, many years waterskiing behind their ski boat “Playmate”. An avid gardener, she enjoyed spending hours in her yard. A lifelong Bridge player, she was a known regular at the South Austin Recreation Center’s Wednesday bridge group. She enjoyed a close circle of friends in her Castlewood neighborhood playing biweekly bridge. A longtime bowler, she was a regular on bowling leagues at Westgate Lanes. Always up for a new adventure, Mira and Eddie experienced hot air ballooning with their daughter Mira Lee and son-in-law Wayne in their hot air balloon “Waynebow”. Taking her daily walk in her Castlewood neighborhood, she made many friends as she encountered her neighbors on her outings. The “Castlewood Ladies” luncheon group will miss her beautiful smile and longtime friendship. Mira and Eddie joined the Colorado River Walkers in 1983 when they returned from an extended visit to Germany where they had enjoyed many week-end Volksmarches in the German countryside. Together they logged hundreds of miles walking in Texas with the Colorado River Walkers. One of Mira’s most proud moments was completing the Capital 10,000 in 2003 when she and her daughter Barbara walked the race together and were joined by her marathoner son Kenny (who had run the course) for the final ½ mile running to the finish line in 1:40:28! She was so proud of her second-place medal in her 80-85 age group! She is preceded in death by her beloved husband Edward Haskins Hill and her first-born daughter Mira Lee Shelton. She is survived by her daughter Barbara Huffman of Austin, son Kenneth Hill and wife Anne of Denver, and son-in-law Wayne Shelton of Albuquerque. Grandchildren Leslie Shelton and David Hall of Portland, OR, Shane Huffman and wife Kerry of Midlothian, TX. Valerie Speer and husband Tony of Seattle, WA. Heather Georgiou and husband Patrick of Austin, TX. and Drew Hill and wife Jennifer of Denver, CO. Great grandchildren Kaelan Huffman, Branton Huffman, Thomas Hall, Michael Georgiou, Barren Speer, and Arya Hill. Services will be at 11am on Saturday, January 16 at Cook Walden/Forest Oaks Funeral Home. Interment of her ashes in the Mausoleum will follow the chapel service. Refreshments will be served in the Forest Oaks reception area where the family will greet their guests. Pastor Michael J. Decker, Beyond the Walls Ministry, will officiate at the service. In lieu of flowers, the family would like for contributions to be made in Mira’s name to the American Cancer Society as she lost her husband and daughter and many friends to this dreadful disease.
Saturday, January 16, 2021
Saturday, January 16, 2021
Reception Following Service
Almira May Hill
January 16, 2021
My Aunt Mira was always such a gracious lady. When I was a young child visiting my Aunt Mira, I remember her going out of her way to fix a special hamburger pizza just for me. You see I had never seen a pizza before and it looked strange to me. She always made me feel comfortable when I was in her home. As I got older, I enjoyed talking to Aunt Mira on the phone. Aunt Mira would keep me updated on her family and share stories about growing up with my mother and their brothers. I will miss our conversations.
January 14, 2021
My sincere condolences to Mira's family and friends. We are all blessed to have known her. Wonderful memories of a beautiful woman, inside and out, and friend, Mira Hill. The person in the room that always had a smile and a welcome for everyone she met. Whatever the situation she always made you feel special and very welcome. I will miss Mira but I am also inspired by her tenacity, joy of life and family, the beautiful garden that always had cuttings ready for me. The Bunny Cakes. Rest in peace dear friend. You will be in our hearts forever. Love always, Jan
(Photo of Mira at my daughter Kristin's baby shower in July 2009
January 10, 2021
I’m so sorry for your loss; the world has lost a beautiful soul. Although Mira and I were neighbors for 40+ years, I only got to know her in our last 10 or so years of being neighbors. In that time, she became a good friend and was an inspiration to me. She was always very positive and upbeat! We were part of a neighborhood, bi-weekly bridge game for a number of years, and into her 90’s, Mira remained sharp and able to “hold her own” at the bridge table. We also spent a number of Saturday afternoons at the jigsaw table while we chatted on a number of topics. And well into her 90’s, I have memories of her walking the neighborhood, even though she needed a walker to do it. What an inspiration she was! I can’t believe she didn’t make it to 100 but she got close.
RIP dear friend.