A Tribute to the Life of Mrs. Dochie Lee Hill
A Time to Be Born
Ms. Dochie Lee Hill was born on Sunday, January 21, 1934, in Attalla, Alabama to the union of the late Mr. Hiawatha Smith and Mrs. Lena Hill Snow. The origin and meaning of the last name, Hill, has been said to represent loyalty, truth, and protection. As the eldest child, Dochie perfectly embodied and demonstrated the meaning of the family name. She remained true and loyal to her siblings especially, selflessly taking on the role of caretaker, friend, and confidant. She was well revered and admired among her daughter, siblings, grandchildren, nieces, and nephews as she always ensured their well-being.
A Time to Plant
Recognizing Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior, the Hill Family attended Antioch United Methodist Church in Attalla, AL, where Dochie accepted Jesus Christ as her Lord and Savior at an early age. She received her formal education at the Macedonia Methodist School in Ridgeville, AL and later Norris High School where she completed in 1952. In 1955, with segregation at its peak, Dochie relocated to Chicago, Illinois to take advantage of better job and educational opportunities for herself and her young daughter. Dochie was employed for many years in the Environmental Services profession where she worked as a housekeeper at Loyola University (15 years of service), housekeeping supervisor at Skokie Valley Hospital (20 years of service), as well as supervisor at Northwestern University for five years. She retired from Beth Emet the Free Synagogue. Dochie served her Lord and was united with the St. Matthew Baptist Church of Chicago, Illinois. She enjoyed good gospel singing and preaching and loved to adorn her beautiful suits and hats.
A Time to Love
Dochie’s family was her heart and soul. She loved each one with every fiber of her being. She committed herself to their wellbeing and could always be counted on in a time of need or even for random acts of kindness. She particularly enjoyed cooking for her family and could make some of the best meals that one could have. Additionally, she enjoyed sewing, watching westerns, talking on the phone to family and friends, and playing bingo.
A Time to Die
On Thursday, the twenty fourth of June, she submitted to the voice of the Lord and exchanged time for eternity in the comfort of her own home. She was preceded in death by her parents, siblings: Ola V. Horton, Mary Waites, Flora Horton, Alma Hicks, Henry Louis Horton, and Virginia Cash, special niece and nephews: Juanita Horton, Cedric Horton and Clyde Horton. She has now transitioned to a place where pain and sorrow are no more, and sickness is non-existent. “It is finished.”
A Time to Mourn
There is a void in our family, but we look forward to the great reunion in paradise. “What a happy day it will be! What a glorious jubilee! All of heaven will be there; what a meeting in the air!” Dochie’s healing is now complete.
A Time to Celebrate
Those left to cherish her memories and continue her legacy include: A devoted daughter and caregiver: Ms. Wilma Hill, Two Devoted Grandsons: Mr. Frederick (Alease) Hill and Mr. Bobby (Renata) Hill Great-Grandchildren: Jazmine Hill, Alexus Hill, Jamyia Hill, Bobby Hill, Jr., Ashanti Hill, Amore Hill, Anyia Hill, Jasna Clay, and Marcus Roland Great-Great Grandchildren: Jordan Cherry, Addysyn Chambers, Ashtyn Cherry and Alivia Chambers; Special Nieces and Nephews: Fiala Cash, Gwendolyn Booze, Frank Cash, Cedric Horton, Roderick Horton, and Antoine Horton; Special Cousin: Linda Sue Hill, Special Friends: Pastor and Mrs. William McKinney, Donald (Faith) Morgan, Cheryl Finley, Keith Johnson, Stanley Carothers, Deloris Malone and Mary Marks.
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