Anne Wagner Hill

April 27, 1929 - May 9, 2018

Anne Wagner Hill, 89, departed peacefully from her home at 430 West Rosemary Lane to her Heavenly home on Wednesday, May 9, 2018.  Born April 27, 1929 in Cumberland, MD she was the daughter on the late Bernard W. and Virginia E. (DeBerry) Hill.

Besides her parents, Anne is preceded in death by two brothers, Bernard and Reynolds Hill; two nephews, Walter and Mike Hill; and one niece, Mary Ann Zimmerman.

Anne is survived by two sisters; Virginia “Ginna” Michael of Williamsport, MD and Mary Lynn Bowman and husband Ronnie of Capon Bridge, WV.  Two sisters-in-law; Joanna Hill and Clara Hill.  Three nieces; Susan Cooper, Jane Murphy, and Ellen Addick and husband Cliff.  Eight nephews; Bernard Hill and wife Elaine, John Hill and wife Elaine, Scott Hill and wife Stacey, Craig Loy and wife Beth, Tom Loy and wife Jan, Mark Hill and wife Margie, William Hill, and Ronald Bowman and wife Ann Marie.  She is also survived by other dear great nieces, nephews, and relatives in Georgia and Alabama.  Anne also considered many of her childhood friends as “family”.

Anne graduated from Romney High School, Class of 1947.  From 1947 to 1948 she attended Marjorie Webster Junior College in Silver Spring, MD.  She then transferred to West Virginia University and graduated in 1952 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Medical Technology.  While at WVU, she was a member of the Delta Gamma Sorority where she made friends that have lasted throughout her life.

Anne worked as a medical technician in hospitals in Winchester and Charlottesville, VA; Mobile, Alabama; and Petersburg, WV.  In 1961 she returned to Romney and went to work at Allegheny Ballistics Laboratory (now Orbital ATK).  She owned and operated Romney Laundromat for 45 years, which was a source of help to many in the community.  Alongside the Laundromat she bought and sold used furniture.  In 2004, she retired and sold her business.

Anne was an active and faithful member of the Romney Presbyterian Church for many years.  She served as an Elder, co-chairman of the Women’s Circle, and belonged to the Bible study.  She cherished her church family and serving her Lord through helping others in any way needed.

Anne enjoyed traveling.  One of her favorite places in the US was Yosemite National Park.  She traveled overseas to Europe and Italy where she visited Rome and Florence and to Jamaica when her mother was in the Peace Corps.  She loved talking to others about the stories of their travels.

It was a tribute to Anne that she was remembered with calls, visits, cards, flowers, and gifts during her times of illness.  Her friends remained attentive to her through all.  She was loved by many, both family and friends.

She was blessed the last months of her life to have the care of Hospice, care sitters, Home Health, Committee on Aging, and a CNA who took great pride in caring for her.  Her family is very appreciative to all.  She will be missed greatly.

A Celebration of Life will be held on Friday, June 1, 2018 at 11:00 AM at the Romney Presbyterian Church.  All are welcome to attend.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Anne’s name can be made to:  Romney Presbyterian Church ~ 100 West Rosemary Lane ~ Romney, WV 26757

Please direct inquiries to Shaffer Funeral Home, 304.822.3511

Jamie Kidwell May 19, 2018

3 condolences for “Anne Wagner Hill”

  1. Ann Hill: A Remembrance

    The news of the passing of Ann Hill hits home for me. When my wife Ellen and I visited with Ann at her home in Romney in February of this year I just knew then that it would not be long before I would be writing this remembrance of Ann – a difficult task given a full life stretching over nearly nine decades.

    I don’t actually remember the first time I met Ann, but I’m convinced that it must have been at a family event at my relatives on Broadway in Frostburg: The Perettis. Certainly it was sometime in the 60s when Ann was working at Alleghany Ballistics Laboratory – where Ann had met my cousin, Mary Antoinetta Peretti – the start of a long friendship beyond family. It didn’t take us long to understand that Ann Hill was a keeper, someone we would hold so close.

    My enduring memories of Ann are as one of the stars in my family’s constellation twinkling away in our universes of Christmas and Easters, marriages, funerals, christenings, reunions, graduations, birthdays, anniversaries … Ann is family, and will always be so.

    In my mind, Ann Hill was always the best ambassador for Romney, West Virginia: proud of her roots, yet acutely aware of the different, wider world beyond. Her education, her travel, her faith had seeded in Ann a deep appreciation and respect for the culture and history of others, and sparked a generosity of spirit eagerly shared. I can still hear Ann’s engagement and affirmation in that distinctive West Virginia voice: “I know, I know …”

    Ann made the trip out here to California to dance at Ellen and my wedding now 25 years ago. Ann and my cousin Mary Antoinetta took a side trip up to the Sierra Nevada Mountains. Ann never did tire of relating to anyone who would listen about the granite grandeur of Yosemite Valley – a deep awe I personally share with Ann. Whenever I was with Ann over the intervening years, it didn’t take long for our conversation to drift back to ‘God’s Glacier Point home’.

    As the intervals between our visits back to Frostburg grew, I was always amazed how Ann was able to stay informed and track our family activities through all the myriad degrees of separation. Ann always demonstrated a genuine interest in my children’s achievements and projects – the best gift to any parent.

    You always know who are your closest friends, who really love you, because they are the ones who celebrate all your arrivals and departures, all your comings and goings between the safe harbors. Whenever my memory scrolls through all those faces in my arrivals and departures over the course of my life, I will pause affectionately at Ann’s memory portraits.

    For you Ann, a prayer you must have heard many times as our family would gather to say our final goodbyes: Ann, may the angels accompany you to Paradise, may the prophets and martyrs welcome you … Rest in peace.

    Jim Jenkins

  2. Anne was a great lady. Even through her battle, I don’t remember ever seeing her without a smile on her face. We sat and talked at the hospital many times, while she and my mom were waiting for tests. She was always so positive and full of hope. She was a great asset to the community. I will truly miss her.

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