Doris M. Hill

July 1, 1929April 15, 2021

Doris M. Lawson Hill, 91, of Vernon Hills passed away on April 15, 2021 with her daughter and granddaughter at her side. She was born July 1, 1929 in Van Meter, Iowa to Clarence and Mary (Chase) Meyer. Her childhood years were spent in Winterset, Iowa. She attended Iowa Wesleyan College in Mt. Pleasant, Iowa. As an independent, resourceful, single, working mother in the 60’s-70’s, Doris’ natural creativity and talents evolved into her becoming a true DIYer. She loved redecorating her home, from wallpapering and painting to reupholstering furniture, and took great pride in the results. Her entrepreneurial spirit and love of crafting led her to launch “The Stitchin’ Post,” a successful counted cross-stitch shop, in Montgomery, IL, which she owned and operated for several years. This continued love of creation and project conception sustained her well into her later years. Doris is survived by her children, Stephen (Kathy) Lawson and Diane (Mike) Phillips; her grandchildren, Paige (Andrew) Bessick, Jennifer (Christopher) Hannah, and Andrew Lawson; and her great-grandchildren, Owen and Benjamin Bessick, and Madeleine Hannah. She was preceded in death by her parents and her sister, Helen (Levi) Preston. There will be no services at this time. Memorials may be made in her name to the American Diabetes Association at Online condolences may be made at


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Andrea Seifrid

April 26, 2021

Doris helped me start my cross stitching "life" many years ago at the Stitchin Post. She was recommended by a co-worker. Being the shop was about 7 minutes from my house, it was an easy choice to go to her for help and supplies. She was always gracious and had a smile for all her customers. She also showed alot of patience, as I had to bring my toddler with when I shopped. I was sorry when she no longer had the store, it was a great help to a newbie stitcher. Her patience was greatly appreciated. She was a very nice person.