Anne Gibson Hill, 84, died peacefully at her home in Chapel Hill on November 13, 2014. Attended to by her loving family, she had been in declining health for several weeks.
Born in 1930 in Huntington, WV, she was the daughter of Phillip Pendleton Gibson and Morrell Jones Gibson. She graduated from Westhampton College of the University of Richmond in 1952.
Mrs. Hill was the widow of George Watts Hill, Sr. of Durham and Chapel Hill. She was predeceased by her parents and by her brother Phillip, Jr. She is survived by three children from her first marriage: John Hutchison (Robin) of Chapel Hill, Anne Adams (Lee) of Pittsboro and Margaret Hart (Eric) of Hickory, NC. Also surviving are six grandchildren Katharine Hutchison Merritt of Washington, DC, Dorothy Hutchison of Charlotte, Wylie Hutchison of Raleigh, Rebecca Hart of Hickory, Abigail (Abby) Hart of Washington, DC and Robert Hart of Hickory.
Mrs. Hill was a member of The Chapel of the Cross in Chapel Hill. She was also a member of the Up-To-Date Book Club and the Junior League. Prior to her marriage to Mr. Hill, she was a teacher at Durham Academy. Together with Mr. Hill, they founded the Hill Learning Development Center in Durham, an internationally recognized school that specializes in teaching children with learning disabilities and also instructing educators on how to recognize and teach children with learning disabilities. She was also very privileged to be involved with successfully lobbying the North Carolina legislature to provide funding for mammogram screening programs for women in need.
The family would like to recognize and thank all those who cared for Mrs. Hill throughout her last years particularly her primary doctors, Drs. Patrick Guiteras and Claude (Skip) Burton. Mrs. Hill’s assistant, Karen Lauterbach and her housekeeper, Phillipa Bardlavens were very helpful and attentive, as were her caregivers Della Mangum, Jackie Woyee, Peggy Jones, Angie Harris-Jones, Margaret Drumright and Makoh Fullah.
Funeral arrangements are being handled by Walker’s Funeral Home of Chapel Hill. Services will be held at The Chapel of the Cross on Sunday November 16 at 2pm. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to The Hill Center, 3200 Pickett Road, Durham, NC 27705 or to a charity of one’s choice.