Beverly Hill passed away peacefully at home surrounded by her loving family in the early morning hours of October 30, 2012. Beverly was born on May 25, 1933, in Los Angeles, CA. She was the youngest of five children born to Clarence Warner and Amelia (Hermanson) Swanson of Sioux City, Iowa. In the 1870's Clarence's parents immigrated from Sweden and Amelia's parents immigrated from Norway, all coming to the Midwest. In 1925, Clarence and Amelia moved to sunny California. |
Beverly grew up in Huntington Park, a suburb of Los Angeles, where her father was a gifted machinist. She graduated from high school in 1951 and then went on to study music at Santa Barbara State College, which a few years later became UCSB. After two years Beverly transferred to UCLA to study Bacteriology. During this period of time she met and was roommates with people who would become lifelong friends. Through friends, Beverly met David Ware Hill of Pasadena, a recent graduate of the Stanford Business School. After David finished his service with the Marines, he got a job with Los Angeles based Signal Oil & Gas in Maracaibo, Venezuela. They corresponded long distance for a year and then married in December 1957. The wedding took place in the newly constructed Wayfarer's Chapel in Palos Verdes, designed by Frank Lloyd Wright. After honeymooning in Jamaica, the newlyweds settled into a modern apartment in Maracaibo for two years. Beverly worked as a secretary for the local office of Halliburton, then an oil-well cementing company. In 1960 they moved to Alamitos Bay, near Long Beach, and David got a job with United California Bank. There, they had two daughters, Dana and Elizabeth, and enjoyed sailing and playing beach volleyball. In 1967 David took a new job with the same bank in San Diego and they lived in Point Loma while their house in La Jolla was under construction.
Beverly and David raised their girls in La Jolla, and have lived in the same house since 1968, with a few exceptions. In the 1970's they lived in San Marino for two years and in the 1980's they rented their house again for a year to cruise aboard their 40-foot motorboat along the Inland Coastal Waterway on the East Coast.
Beverly and David spent much of their later years traveling the world and visiting with their daughters' families. Beverly loved her family dearly, and always looked forward to special family gatherings. She loved watching her five grandchildren, Katherine, Laura, Hunter, Mary and Miles grow up. She was active in the community, played a lot of tennis, and always tried to keep in touch with friends old and new. Beverly was fun loving and will be missed by all who knew her.
Beverly is survived by her husband, David; her brother, Robert of Los Angeles; daughters, Dana Hill Dentz of La Jolla, and Elizabeth Hill Hogan of Santa Barbara; and five grandchildren.
Many thanks to Home Docs and San Diego Hospice for doing an outstanding job and providing advice and support to her caregivers and family.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to San Diego Hospice.
Published in La Jolla Light on Nov. 15, 2012