Alberta H. Hill (1913 - 2013)

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Alberta H. Hill

Des Moines

Alberta H. Hill, 99, passed away Wednesday, January 2, 2013 at the Albia Care Center.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, January 7, 2013 at All Saints Catholic Church, 650 NE 52nd Ave. followed by burial at Glendale Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. with the Rosary recited at 6 p.m. Sunday at Hamilton's Funeral Home, 605 Lyon St.

Alberta was born May 25, 1913 and was the fourth of seven children of Henry J. and Lena Guyot of Perryville, Missouri.

She married William A. Hill on May 27, 1935. Bert and Bill moved often, living in many cities including St. Louis, Missouri, Akron, Ohio, and finally settling in Des Moines in 1948.

In 1951, Alberta began working for Elko Photo Products Co. She held various positions, retiring in 1975 as Manager of the Graphic Arts Department.

Alberta enjoyed traveling many places in her retirement, but always found the time to visit Colorado and Washington State. In between her travels, she had 22,000 hours of volunteering at St. Vincent's Store, Bishop Drumm Home, and the gift shop at Mercy Hospital.

Alberta was also a member of All Saints Catholic Church, the Altar & Rosary Society, Mercy Guild and the American Business Women's Association.

In 1965, Bert's husband and love of her life, Bill, passed away of cancer. She is also preceded in death by her son, Billy Hill; granddaughter, Laura Lee (Hill) Bates; grandson, Jason Guthre; and great-great-granddaughter, Natalie Sandness. Alberta is survived by her daughters, Jo Ann (Hill) Rush and husband, Pat of Melrose, Iowa and Mickey (Hill) Guthrie and husband Jack of Bainbridge Island, Washington; sister, Rita Balsman of Perryville, Missouri; daughter-in-law, Karen (Wadle) Hill of Parker, Colorado; 10 grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; and 17 great-great-grandchildren.

Memorial contributions may be directed to the family in loving memory of Alberta.

Online condolences may be expressed at

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Hamilton's Funeral Home
605 Lyon St
Des Moines, IA 50309
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Published in Des Moines Register on Jan. 5, 2013
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