Marilyn W. Hill
1927 - 2021
Marilyn W. Hill

Born in Warren, AK in 1927, Marilyn was the fifth of six children in the family of William Carter Wood and Jewell Givens Wood. She was the last surviving member of that family.

Marilyn married Jack H. Hill in 1956. They had two daughters, and upon Jack's untimely death in 1966, Marilyn brought them from California to Albuquerque and established a life here. With trademark strength and determination she carried on, raising her girls with great affection, responsibility and plenty of fun.

A graduate of Arkansas State Teachers College, Marilyn began a career with Albuquerque Public Schools. A substitute first and then a fifth grade teacher at Zuni Elementary School, she was dedicated to the value of education and taught for 20 years. She was an active member in the Beta Chapter of Alpha Delta Kappa, a sorority for outstanding women educators.

In 1978, Marilyn lost her youngest daughter to melanoma, the same cancer that took her husband. Ken Tinklepaugh stepped in at that time with his undying love and support. Marilyn and Ken eventually married and were happy together until Ken's death in 2012. They traveled extensively and became terrific grandparents.

Known as "Mac" to generations of family members, Marilyn will be remembered for her love and influence as Auntie Mac and Gramma Mac. Some are lucky enough to have a quilt made by her, especially for them. She maintained a sense of duty and a sense of humor, and gained admiration from those who knew her. Her large presence will be missed.

Marilyn is survived by daughter Jennifer Hill (Karl Reineke), stepdaughters Helen Love (Bill) and Elizabeth Newton, and grandchildren Mark Reineke (Ali Freibott) and Leigh Dominy. Jennifer and Karl sincerely thank the aides, nurses, staff and neighbors at La Vida Llena Retirement Community; the care team at Hospice De La Luz; the Right at Home company and their caregivers; and Marilyn's beloved women's group from the First Unitarian Church. Special thanks go to Pat and Chris Channon and their extended family, who could not be more cherished.

A celebration of life service will be announced. In lieu of flowers, checks payable to UNM Foundation and designated "Janet Hill Memorial Endowment Fund in memory of Marilyn Hill" may be sent to UNM Comprehensive Cancer Center, Development Office, MSC07 4025, 1201 Camino de Salud NE, Albuquerque, NM 87131-0001. Such gifts can be made online at Contributions to the Full Life Foundation at La Vida Llena, 10501 Lagrima de Oro NE, Albuquerque, NM 87111 will also be appreciated.

Published by Albuquerque Journal on Jul. 25, 2021.
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