Earlene M. Hill
November 13, 1922 – April 24, 2021
Earlene Hill passed away peacefully on April 24, 2021 after a brief illness. Born on Nov. 13, 1922 to Richmond and Annie Coston Merrell, Earlene lived life to the fullest for 98 years. She was predeceased by her husband and the love of her life, Willse Hill, in 1974 but remained the center of her loving family. Earlene is survived by two children; Nancy Barkemeyer (Eric) and Dan Hill (Nancy) of Homewood, Alabama in addition to four grandchildren: Julie Barkemeyer Beaty (Scott) of Coronado, California; Daniel Hill (Jamie) of Athens, Georgia; Richmond Barkemeyer of Cottonwood, Arizona; and Joseph Hill (Erin) of Birmingham. The light of her life was her four beloved great grandchildren, Ezra and Alastair Hill, Emma Beaty and Aidan Hill. Their “Mimi” was a graceful, remarkable, strong lady who will be greatly missed. Earlene also leaves a large extended family of one surviving sister, Nell Mehaffey, and numerous loving nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her twin sister and best friend, Allene Smith and her brother Howard Merrell.
In addition to her family, Earlene was devoted to her church, St. Mark United Methodist. She sang in the choir for many years, taught second grade Sunday School for decades and was active in the Aldersgate Class. Her friends and “family” at St. Mark were always in her heart and she counted serving her church as one of her greatest joys.
Those who knew Earlene recognized her quiet strength and loyalty. She held close her long-time friends in her sewing group for 50 plus years. Working as a bookkeeper, she remained with local companies until retiring at the age of 87. After that, she continued to offer strength and caring to family and friends and she never missed reading The Birmingham News, watching the business channel or knowing the latest from the Crimson Tide.
A celebration of Earlene’s life and faithful service will be held at the graveside at Elmwood Cemetery on May 4, 2021 at 11:00 A.M. The Reverends Don Cross and Drew Clayton will officiate. The family request that memorial gifts in Earlene’s memory be made to St. Mark United Methodist Church.
Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.johnsridoutselmwoodchapel.com for the Hill family.
Tuesday, May 4, 2021
Earlene M. Hill
April 30, 2021
Earlene and I taught 3rd and 4th grade Sunday School class together at Saint Mark in the Seventies. She was the teacher and I was the Assistant.
We really enjoyed our 5 or so years doing this lovingly.
She taught me a lot about that age group. Many "adults" in their early 40's that are at our church now was influenced by that Sunday School class experience.
We also worked side by side with UMW on many occasions.
So privileged to know her.
April 29, 2021
Aunt Earlene was a strong woman and independent thinker. Her strength and independence are undoubtedly a result of her unshakable Christian faith.
Widowed at a relatively young age, she decided to start a career and worked another 30 years.
The most important aspect of Aunt Earlene’s life beside her faith is family. She will be remembered and missed by all.
April 28, 2021
One of my first and fondest memories when I joined Saint Mark in 1991 was of Earlene. I had attended Avondale Methodist all my life and was looking for a church was closer to where I was now living. I was entering Saint Mark and saw Earlene. I remember asking her what she was doing here. She looked kind of surprised and said she was a member. As we talked I found out that I had mistaken her for her twin sister Allene that was a member at Avondale that I had known for years. That encounter sealed our friendship and I knew I had found the right church family. Rest is peace with your sweet sister.
April 28, 2021
Earlene was known to me as beloved Mrs. Hill at Graymont Grammer School where she taught for many many years.
When McCoy church closed she brought her family to St. Mark and it added a ray of sunshine to our Sanctuary. We became closer friends
Through out the years. We talked oh hymns excluded from the new Methodist hymnbook and she said
That Majestic Sweetness Sits Enthroned was one of her most favorites .We never did figure why it was excluded from the hymn book but just knowing she loved it makes my heart happy. Pull it up on UTube and listen to it. Love you Earlene and miss you. Sing pretty in The Lords choir.
Until we meet again Diane S.
April 27, 2021
Earlene was one of the first people I met when my family joined Saint Mark in 1973. She taught all three of my children and they loved her....who wouldn’t? She was a wonderful person and one of the kindest people I have ever met. My heart goes out to all of you.