Our beloved Leona passed away peacefully on Wednesday, October 16, 2013, in Fresno, Ca. Leona "Teddy" Hill was born on September 12, 1930 in Clarion, Iowa to Mary and Leo Littlefield. Teddy taught multiple primary school grades in a single classroom in Iowa and was in jewelry sales for several years at Edmonds in Fresno. She moved to Fresno in 1953 with her husband G.R. Hill, helped launch Dr. Hill's dental practice and raised five children. She brought with her to Fresno, the Midwest hospitality and welcomed everyone into her home. She enjoyed large holiday gatherings and cooking for family and friends. No one left her house with an empty stomach. Teddy could be described as being very classy, always perfectly manicured and looking her best with a warm, genuine smile. She loved to shop in boutiques locally, as well as in Carmel. Her hobbies included traveling to the coast with Ray and their dogs, supporting Fresno State athletics, especially the football and basketball teams, reading, sewing, singing, playing piano and decorating for all the holidays. Her true passion was her eleven grandchildren that affectionately called her "nana". She is preceded in death by her parents, Mary and Leo Littlefield; her husband of 62 years G.R. Hill, DDS; a daughter Cathy; and siblings Philip Littlefield and Jesse Shupe. Teddy is survived by her children Ray Hill, Holly Billings, Wendy McGuffick and Jon Hill; eleven grandchildren; and five great grandchildren. The family would like to thank and express gratitude to the staff of St. Agnes Hospice and Cottonwood Court for the dignity, care and support shown to Teddy and her family throughout her extended illness. A Funeral Mass will be Celebrated in the Guadalupe Chapel at St. Anthony of Padua Church on Friday, October 25, 2013, at 11:00 am. Remembrances may be made to Alzheimer's Foundation of Central California, University of Iowa or Central California SPCA Animal Shelter.
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Published in the Fresno Bee on Oct. 22, 2013