Francis Truly Hillin

May 30, 1918October 31, 2012

Francis Truly Hillin passed away October 31, 2012. She was born on May 30, 1918 in Cottonwood Texas to John W. and Sallie Merrell Truly, the second of five children. She grew up in Hubbard, Texas and graduated from Hubbard High School where she was a cheerleader and President of the Student Council. Francis went on to attend the University of Texas in Austin. Francis met her future husband Robert N. Hillin at the age of 15 and they were married five years later in 1938 in Lubbock, Texas. They followed the oil field around for the next 10 years finally settling in Midland where they raised their three children. Fran was active in the community, PTA, Little League, Midland Community Theater and the Arts. In the late 1950s she started The Hillin Company Realtors. She went on to serve as President of the Board of Realtors and was appointed “Realtor of the Year” 3 years in a row. She was an outstanding citizen of Midland. Francis became involved in Al-Anon in the late 60’s and spent the next 35 years in service to others. She has been a mentor, advisor and friend to countless people, both family and friends alike. She served on the board of directors for the Permian Basin Council on Alcoholism for many years. She was a founder of the Chapel of Light in Lake Whitney and a Christian. Francis was a world traveler; she travelled to The Soviet Union in the late 1970s as a citizen ambassador, travelled through the Holy Land, Asia, and Europe and extensively through the United States. Francis was preceded in death by her parents, John and Sallie Truly, her brother Clyde L. Truly, sisters Helen Poff and Monette Tubbs. She is survived by her brother Ralph Truly, her sons, Robert K “Bobby” Hillin and PJ of Houston, and Don A. Hillin and Susan of Lakeway, and daughter Franette Aaron of Midland; Grandchildren Deborah Hillin-Lamb and Husband Rick, Bobby Hillin, Jr., Adriane Lawless, Clay Hillin, Chandler Hillin, Tad Hillin and Wife Margo, Whitney Hillin, Suzette Blackburn, Eddie Hopkins and Wife Christi, Haili Brown and Husband Josh, Ashley Aaron, Trey Aaron, Sean Aaron and 20 Great Grandchildren. She is also survived by several nieces and nephews and their children. Visitation will be at Ellis Funeral Home on Sunday, November 4, 2012 from 6pm to 8pm and services will be on Monday, November 5, 2012 at First United Methodist Church in Midland with Reverend Robert Pelfrey officiating, interment will follow at Resthaven Memorial Park. Pallbearers will be Bobby Hillin, Jr., Tad Hillin, Whitney Hillin, Trey Aaron, Sean Aaron and Bradley Montgomery. The family would like to thank the staff of Hallmark Hospice and Maria Rodriguez for the special care they provided. Memorials may be made to Al-Anon 710 Group, P.O. Box 11392, Midland, TX 79702.


  • Funeral Service Monday, November 5, 2012

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Penny (Taulman) Crosson

November 6, 2012

Franette, I'm sure you don't remember teaching me ballet when I was a little girl, but I have fond memories of you. You and your family are in my thoughts at this difficult time. My best to you.

November 5, 2012

My condolences to the family of Francis Hillin. May you be comforted by knowing that our loving heavenly Father, will use his power to alleviate all causes of death and the grief it brings. Also you can continue to reflect on the many beautiful memories that you will cherish forever.

Roque Lopez

November 5, 2012

Dear Hillin Family: I send my deepest sympathy for your loss and pray that our Lord grant each of you comfort and peace. Francis is now in paradise and soon enough all will be together to share in the glory of heaven. For now cherish the memories and love she gave to each of you. Always, Roque and Family

Byron Tuck

November 5, 2012

Byron and Lanette Tuck wish to express their sincere condolences.

Vickie Howard

November 5, 2012

My life did a 180 degree turn because of Fran's guidance and help. She had a "can do" attitude and refused to give in to negativity in any situation! Her tough love and loving spirit helped so many and she had such a beautiful spirit of light and love that I still feel when I think of all the laughter and love I was blessed to share! Fran, you are right here anytime I think of these blessed memories and I thank God that you are and always will be in my life experiences as the angel you are! Love always to her sweet family and all the memories you share.

Marc and Vickie Howard

November 5, 2012

Our condolences to her family and all who's lives she touched.

In life there are people who make a real difference in the lives of the people they touch. Fran was one of those people. She believed in the good of the universe and that we all had a piece of God with-in, whom if called upon could do great and mighty things. Fran did great and mighty things in her life just by doing the little things. Like lifting up others, being a good Samaritan, sharing herself and her time. She was an advocate of those in need, who wanted help to help themselves.Fran taught: tough love, acceptance, setting healthy boundaries, how to trust love and how to look for God's will in our lives. Fran was a ray of sunshine and joy. She believed in helping others. She taught us how to love our neighbors and our selves. She was and Is a Spirit of the Universe. Fran we love you and will miss you.

Cec Simonsen

November 5, 2012

My thoughts and prayers are with all of Mimi's family, especially Debbi! Mimi you were such a special, honest, loving, elegant, and gracious lady! Thank you Mimi, for always being there for Debbi, your guidance and love really paid off! I Truly loved you like the grandma Debbi shared with me. Praise God for you and all your contributions to making our lives better.

Craig and Margie Keith

November 4, 2012

Hillin Family,
Craig and I aren't going to be able to make Fran's service. Please know we are there in spirit with all of you. Fran was bigger than life in her presence of love, grace and beauty. She always treated us like we were members of her family. That was such a gift that she exuded on so many lives she touched. Her positive and refreshing joy that bubbled out of her when she would talk about Al Anon and helping family members, numbers, palms or the Creative Intelligence of the Universe, was "Fran with enthusiasm". Fran, thank you for all you gave to us. But mainly for who you were. You made a difference in so many lives. Thank you.

Love you, and see you again!

Craig Copeland

November 4, 2012

What a beautiful soul. My prayers are with the entire Hillin family

Jim Mabry

November 4, 2012

donny, and Franette, I remember your mom very well from Little League Baseball and many other events in our lives. She was a most gracious Lady. Our thoughts are with you remembering both your mom and dad.