Lula Colleen Graham Hill, 80, passed away on Monday, Dec. 3, 2012 at Windcrest Rehab & Nursing Home in Springdale, Ark., where Colleen had resided for the past three years.
Colleen was born on Feb. 15, 1932 in Springdale to Simon and Ethel Graham. Colleen always had a talent for singing and in her teenage years joined a gospel quartet that was broadcast on the radio. During this time Colleen met the love of her life, William Page Hill, when his best friend - who was dating Colleen, asked Page to stand in for him instead of breaking a date. They married shortly after and enjoyed 63 years of marriage.
Colleen was a stay at home mom until 1968, when she went to work at Watkins Department Store as the bookkeeper. Colleen remained in that position until she and Page opened the Carriage House in 1975. Colleen retired from that position in 1994, when she and Page moved back to Arkansas. Colleen loved to work on crafts and needlepoint. She made sure that every member of the family had a handcrafted Christmas stocking. Colleen was a member of Eastern Star, ABWA, and Highland Heights United Methodist Church in Altus. Colleen always had a smile on her face, a great sense of humor, a love for life and will be dearly missed.
Colleen is survived by her husband Page of Spingdale; Colleens oldest sister, Virginia Campbell of Tennessee; her children and spouses including son Richard Allen Hill and wife Jane of Guymon, daughter Nina Lynette Liles Kennelly and husband Paul of Altus, daughter Janice Elaine Weyer and husband Dennis of Santa Maria, Calif., son Dwight David Hill and wife Sharon of Plano, Texas; grandchildren, Rebecca Vess of Oklahoma City, Scott Hill of Cordell, Daniel Hill of Edmond, Callen Liles of Breckenridge, Colo., Whitney Weyer of Santa Maria, Calif., Johanna Hill of Plano, Texas, and Gillian Hill of Plano; as well as two great-grandchildren and a host of loving friends and care takers.
Colleen was preceded in death by her parents, Simon and Ethel Graham; her sisters, Louise and Alt;a and brother Harold.
Memorial services have been scheduled for 2 p.m., Saturday at Lowell-Tims Chapel. The family will have a visitation at the funeral home following the service.
For friends and family unable to attended the service, Lowell-Tims provides a Live Web-cast beginning at 1:58 p.m. Sign on to www.lowell-tims.com, click on obituaries, then on Lula Colleen Hill. There will be a button allowing you to join the live web-cast. On-line tributes can also be made to the family at www.lowell-tims.com
Lowell-Tims Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.