Donna Hill died peacefully on May 31 after many years of illness.
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Donna Marie Lord was born to J. Donald and Agnes Lord on Jan. 6, 1931 in Ellsworth, Maine. She attended the University of Maine and what is now Husson College where she obtained an RN degree. Donna served at Eastern Maine General Hospital as Head Nurse on the surgical ward.
She married her husband, George Hill, in 1952 and supported him for his last 2 years in college. They lived in St. Albans, W. Va. for 8 years and then moved to Los Alamos in 1962.
Donna loved flowers and gardening, even serving as president of the Summit Garden Club. She also had a passion for equestrian activities. In the 1960's-1980's, Donna was involved with the Los Alamos Sheriff's Posse and drill team, along with being a co-chair of the annual Los Alamos horse show. She was a beloved member of the Los Alamos community and will be greatly missed. Of all the roles and titles Donna held, the most important and cherished were those of a wife, a mother, a grandmother, and a great-grandmother.
Donna was preceded in death by her mother and father; and her daughter Kathryn (Kathy) Matzke. She is survived by her brother, Gerald Lord and his wife Jane of Surry, Maine; husband of 62 years, George Hill; son David Hill; son-in-law, James Matzke; granddaughter Shannon Blaylock and husband, Joe; grandson Kevin Matzke and his wife Cristina, of San Diego, Calif.; granddaughter Kelly Matzke; great-grandsons Jackson and Jase Blaylock; and countless friends.
Per Donna and George's wishes, a private graveside ceremony will be held for family and close friends. In lieu of flowers, the family requests contributions be made to Doctors Without Borders, St. Jude's Children's Hospital, or the
. Funeral services by DeVargas Funeral Home of Espanola.
DeVargas Funeral Home
623 N. Railroad Ave.
Espanola, NM 87532
Published in Los Alamos Monitor on June 4, 2014