ForeverMissed
Carol was a much adored mum, granny, vet and wife who filled so many people’s life with love, fun and wisdom. She was a ray of sunshine whose 77 years were cut short by cancer. She was a north london legend whose ability to connect with people and make a difference to their lives was remarkable.  We will miss her energy, her friendship and her hugs.  We will remember her forever and would welcome people to share their memories. 
Posted by Vicky Nicholls on May 9, 2022
Hello to all at the wonderful Hills vets. I was so sorry to read of Mrs Hills passing, I hadn't realised she had died. She and the team gave such amazing kind and strong care to both cats we have had over the last 15 years.
Carol had the most amazing skill and daftness of movement with our cats - even Twiglet, our current cat who is a rescue cat and very nervous, stayed calm with Carol! She was an incredible woman and we were all lucky to have he care for our pets while she was here.
Blessings to all the rest of the team
Vicky Nicholls
Posted by Barbara Fireman on May 7, 2022
Having not long ago lost our latest (and very old) last cat we are very saddened that Mrs Hill will not be here to see and look after his successors. It was always reassuring to know she was there, with such knowledge and experience. 
Posted by Martin Hibbert on April 3, 2022
We will always love you Carol. You and your wonderful family. Thank you for everything. You will be forever in our hearts.

Martin and Stephanie
Xxxxxxx
Posted by Ricky Knight on April 3, 2022
Thanks for the prod cos it coincided with us trawling through some 'old' photo albums and we came across this one - which I'm sure you have (had?) a copy of Sarah. Lovely memory, of course, as they all are. Love to you (+ bro'/sis and the boys) from L'Anne and me.
Now, where do I add the photo please?!
Posted by Lisa McKenzie on April 3, 2022
Never a day goes by without my thinking of Carol. Missing her huge fun and good sense as much as ever.
Lisa xxx
Posted by Vicki Leonard on April 2, 2022
Thinking of the extraordinary and irreplaceable Mrs Hill.
Love and our kindest thoughts to her family today.

Vicki, Peter and Ted the dog

Xxxxx
Posted by Claire McEwan on April 2, 2022
How can it be a whole year without my fairy godmother? I miss you more and more. Thankfully today was made a little bit easier because I shared it with my extended Hill family. Remembering all that you were and all that you did. Love you xxxx
Posted by Julia Somerville on April 2, 2022
A whole year without her….  And yet her spirit really does live on at Hill’s Vets. She remains a vivid, precious memory for all of us who were lucky enough to know her. Sending love to all of her nearest and dearests. Xx
Posted by Barbara Lillford on April 2, 2022
I can't believe it's been a year already. Where did the time go? I'm thinking of you, Carol, and all your family, at this time. Actually, I think of you every time I go into the surgery with my cats, Betty and Billy. You loved Betty...she was born at the surgery, and I had the honour of adopting her. You never met Billy, but of course, you would have loved him too...you loved them all...everyone of the wee souls who were in your care. And they all loved you. I can only begin to imagine how your family are coping with the gigantic hole left in their lives since you crossed to beyond the veil where they cannot yet follow. I send so much love to them all, two legged and four legged. ❤
Posted by Jacqueline Coffey on April 2, 2022
No matter how I have tried I have never been able to find a replacement Vet to beat Mrs Hill. You were truly one amazing lady. On this first Anniversary I am sure your friends and Family have had many stories to tell. Rest easy Mrs Hill ❤️
Posted by Susanna Sale on April 2, 2022
On this anniversary of Carol's death we are reminded how strongly her spirit lives on in Fiona and the team at Hills. The practice maintains such high standards of skill and care for the animals we love - and treats us with such kindness and compassion when our pets are in trouble.

Bevis and Susanna
Posted by Marion Kemp on April 2, 2022
My special friend Carol,who I have known since she lived in Cove back in the late 1960,'s, was never a lady to brag about her accomplishments, although they were many. She was modest, kind, thoughtful, friendly, approachable, using her many talents to speak to people at any level. I always greatly admired and loved her more than I can say. I miss our chats a great deal. Dear Carol helped me through rough and sad times in my life, she was an amazing woman and I wish I could have held her hand to say good bye.
Posted by Stephanie Hibbert on April 2, 2022
Thinking of you all today. Carol will always have a little piece of our hearts and we will continue to remember her. I can still hear her voice when dealing with anything furry and I tell our stories at the Hills! Such wonderful memories. We will light a candle in her memory this evening xxx
Posted by Sue Roach on April 2, 2022
To all the Hill family, Anita and all the colleagues,
Biffa and I send you warm thoughts on the first anniversary of Mrs Hill's death. You must all be so sad still. Over the last year I've dreamt of Mrs Hill several times, always with great fondness and appreciation. I really will never forget her - she was so important!
Sue Roach (Freeman)
Posted by Sandra Hart on April 2, 2022
Hi Fiona thinking of you today on the Anniversary of your Mums passing. I only found out with my brother a few weeks ago l am so sorry for you and your family. She was one in a million deecated to her job and helping people and animals alike she will be greatly missed and she is already
I always remember seeing your mum with children and a dog going down the grove outside where I used to work had many conversations with her and always joking about dogs or children she was a lovely person inside and out no one like her ever
I remember her when she first started the vet's surgery it doesn't seem that long ago anyway just wanted to say from me and Cliff we are thinking of you and family.
Posted by Shirley Brailey on December 25, 2021
Great lady and a wonderful vet. She will always be missed.
Posted by Alexandra Westcott on November 26, 2021
I found out late in the day about the sad, sad death of Mrs Hill. She saw me through my five cats, had home visits to put down four of them and came to my aid above and beyond duty at the death of the fifth for which I have been and will be forever grateful. I loved her. Crouch End is a sadder place without her.
Thank you Mrs Hill
Posted by Lesley Wimpory on October 22, 2021
A wonderful Acer! May it grow strong and beautiful, like Carol herself. Glad you had the sunshine. xx
Posted by Sarah Hill on October 22, 2021
We said another goodbye to mum on another sunny day. Her acer tree, at the back of the Willow Garden, St Marylebone Crematorium, sitting perfectly next to her grandson, Elliot. A beautiful space for people to be and to remember. Please feel free to visit at anytime xx
Posted by Corinne Sweet on September 5, 2021
I was so terribly shocked and saddened to hear of the passing of Mrs Hill. She taught me so much as a first time cat owner, and then through the lives of my last two rescue cats. Last September (20) she came out at short notice and sat on my kitchen floor, in her crocks, and put my lovely cat (then 17) to sleep, with my daughter and I holding hands, crying and stroking the cat. She was efficient, kind, appropriate, but made us feel it was a special family moment. I felt her strong hand in mine, too. Now I am facing putting down my cat's brother (now 18) without Mrs Hill, it feels daunting. Although I am grateful for decades of wonderful care. She was warm, humane, kind with such a bright intelligence and breadth. Mrs Hill was one of a kind. I miss her/you. 
Posted by Ruth Seglow on August 29, 2021
Lovely, lovely, uniquely gifted Mrs Hill. I think of you almost every day. How very much you are missed.
How hard for you all to celebrate the first birthday without her. These wonderful photos help keep her alive in all of our hearts.
Posted by Peter Moore on August 28, 2021
The photos of Carol and family from Fiona and Sarah so lovely and heart felt, made me really feel sad at losing Mrs Hill….
Posted by Janet Betham on August 27, 2021
Happy Birthday to a wonderful lady who is much missed. I am so glad the family gave her the fitting tribute she so deserves on this her first birthday away from you. Best wishes, Janet and Helen Betham
Posted by Sarah Hill on August 27, 2021
On what would have been mums 78th birthday we were altogether in Bailiffscourt hotel, by the sea, at her (and our) happy place. We toasted our legend, shed many tears and soaked up the most beautiful evening sun as she shone down on us. Miss you more than words can say. Xx
Posted by Barbara Lillford on August 27, 2021
I am thinking of this beautiful lady on her birthday...They broke the mould when they made you, dear Carol. I will never forget you. Much love to all your family, friends and colleagues, on what must be a difficult day for them all, today...❤
Posted by Lesley Wimpory on August 27, 2021
Thinking of Carol and all of her family today, her 78th birthday. I am envisioning Carol enjoying a piece of the most wonderful birthday cake! ❤
Posted by Vicki Leonard on August 27, 2021
Thinking of all Mrs Hill's family on her birthday - it must be very painful. She is so missed.
We think about her often and send her close family and all the Hill's team our love.
Vicki, Peter and Ted the dog
xxxx
Posted by Claire McEwan on August 27, 2021
Miss you so much. Thinking of you today and every day. Love you my fairy godmother xxxxxxxx
Posted by Judith Nash on August 22, 2021
Mrs Hill was the most wonderful vet. She was kind and sorted out all Sim's health problems just like that, always immediately greeting him so warmly with "it's the aby". We are very grateful for all the care we received from Mrs Hill over the last 15 years for Sim, but also for our previous cat, Percy, and her gentle, sensible advice in keeping him clean & comfortable at end of life. We will miss Mrs Hill , and have shed tears at the very sad news. 
Posted by Caitlin Levene on August 9, 2021
Mrs Hill was a wonderful vet who - almost on a daily basis - patiently supported and guided us when it emerged that our cat had almost insoluble and virtually untreatable health issues. It was obvious that she genuinely understood the tribulations of the world from his point of view and she never encouraged any kind of intervention unless it was absolutely unavoidable. We were terribly shocked and sorry to hear of her passing. She was an outstanding vet and an extraordinary person, and we will always be grateful to her.
Posted by Dawn Hennessey on August 9, 2021
So sad to hear the passing of Mrs Hill. She showed such utter kindness and empathy when my cat Lolly had to be put to sleep
She also treated my other pets with gentle professionalism.
A lovely lady.
My sympathy for you all.
Posted by Sandra Guilfoyle on August 8, 2021
I am truly saddened to find out that Mrs Hill had passed away. So it happened that I was talking about her and advice she gave me yrs ago about my dog Jimmy; I looked her up and what sad news to find out that this wonderful human being has left us too soon.

Mrs Hill told me once not to buy expensive fibre husks for Jimmy, everyone else tried to upsell. She told me to give him a raw beef or marrow bone and that should sort his stomach out. So honest and genuine, driven by integrity and true love of animals not commercialism. She also suggested I should tie a pink bow on his collar so that ppl wouldn’t be so prejudice about his breed and would see what a great dog he was not ‘a scary black pit bull’.

Mrs Hill you were wonderful human and I feel privileged that I have met you and that you have treated my dogs. It’s been 10 yrs since but your advice is still with us.

I will always remember you. May you rest in peace and please tell Jimmy to stop chasing squirrels.xx
Posted by Janet Betham on July 16, 2021
I do so agree with everything that has been said. Mrs. Hill is irreplaceable and she worked so hard to give her beloved animals a good life and a peaceful end. She came to our house three times for this and nothing was too much trouble. We respected her knowledge and her caring attitude, as well as her sense of fun when dealing with a reluctant cat in the surgery. We send our most sincere condolences to her family, friends and fellow vets and nurses in the surgery and she has left a legacy which will live on in her memory.
Posted by Anni McTavish on June 16, 2021
Sending my condolences to Mrs. Hill's family, colleagues and friends. Like so many, I was fortunate to meet Carol a number of times when I brought our newly adopted, distressed and ill cat to visit. I can only say how incredibly relieved we both were to see her! Calm, confident, gentle, firm, knowledgeable and with a wonderful twinkle in her eye, she made us both feel instantly so much better. I will miss her. I also know that we will continue to visit Hill's for our family pets. thanks to all the team for your amazing work and care. Anni x 
Posted by joanna newman on May 25, 2021
Mrs Hill has been a magical presence in my life for decades, and has cared for Charlie, Mungo and Jerry over the years. Always full of common sense, humour, and we trusted her utterly and loved her ability to calm and connect with animals and people. She was such a special person and it's not an exaggeration to say she was loved by me and my family. I am so very sad and sorry to hear about her passing, and send my sympathy to all her family, and the wonderful team of nurses and vets at the practice. 
Posted by Karen Smith on May 24, 2021
I was so sad to hear the news of Mrs Hill’s passing.
She was one in a million. She has overseen the health of three of my cats, two of them have now gone to pet heaven. When one of them had a very rare eye condition (FROMS) she came into the practice early every day so that I could leave Phoebe there to have regular applications of eye drops.
We will miss you, and I hope you are surrounded by loving animals where ever you are.
Posted by Margaret Greenfields on May 15, 2021
We are all so very sorry to hear about the passing of Mrs Hill - we would have been present to honour her as her cortege passed by but were waiting to be seen at the hospital as my daughter was in labour with her first baby at the time and we no longer live as near to the surgery as used to - although still always travel to you with our current two cat members of the family and last saw Mrs Hill in passing last summer when had come in with a particularly accident prone family member.

Carol - Mrs Hill was such a wonderful wonderful vet and such a kind person - she has cared for our four legged family members (and ourselves when we've been at our lowest ebb) for around 30 years and whenever one spoke to long-term local residents/neighbours her name always came up as 'The Vet' whom everyone wanted to see. A couple of particular memories stand out - along with her luminous smile and friendliness to everyone and phenomenal memory for animals and their histories and how they were when she last saw them: she was one of the only people able to talk firmly and persuasively to our quite 'challenging' boy Wellington and single-handedly (when sometimes other very experienced vets need to semi-sedate him or get a second person in to help hold him still) get him to do exactly what he was told by looking him firnly in the eyes and using her 'you will do what you are told' voice, as she gave injections, examinations or other treatment. She had such a wealth of knowledge and felixble 'can do' attitude if something didn't work very well, as well as providing encouragement and support over treatment at home .. I'll also never forget how incredibly kind she was about 20 years ago to me when my beloved Corragh was given a terminal diagnosis and how with great compassion and care she told me to come back and pay for the consultation when I felt up to it, took me out of the back door as I was crying so badly, and kept in touch and provided the most kind and compassionate care for as long as possible meaning we had a pain-free longer period than anticipated with our darling cat. She will be so sorely missed and we were so very sad to hear of her passing. Sending deepest condolences to all her family and friends at this very difficult time.
Posted by Susanna Sale on May 12, 2021
We send our deepest sympathies to Carol Hill’s family and colleagues. It has been our great good fortune to have our cats cared for by Carol and her colleagues at Hills for many, many years. Her expertise and astute clinical judgement as a vet was combined with great warmth, kindness and empathy towards us humans.  She understood how vulnerable we felt when our cats were in trouble, but helped us to realise that time was often an important factor in deciding on a course of treatment. Cats being famously uncooperative patients, her intuitive understanding of each individual cat came to our rescue so many times. Carol pragmatically found treatment regimes that we and our cats could cope with at home, and our reports of success or failure were often greeted with her wonderful sense of humour and fun. We will miss her painfully, but will always carry our gratitude, affection and admiration for her in our hearts.

Bevis and Susanna Sale
Posted by Peter Necchi on May 10, 2021
I was so saddened by the news of Carol's passing, she was a wonderful vet who had the brightest smile and the most admirable knowledge and understanding. She always made the effort to reassure and share her wealth of wisdom. A most caring and passionate vet, who I will miss. I am glad to have met her.
Posted by Una Anderson on May 9, 2021
Firstly, I would like to offer my condolences to Mrs Hills family and friends, she truly was a remarkable vet. For over 40 years I had been going to her with my cats and would like to take this opportunity to say thank you to her. An incredible woman. RIP.
Posted by Gill Carter on May 8, 2021
When it came time to say goodbye to our beloved cat, Misty, we felt rather privileged to be called in by Mrs Hill, having heard so many good things about her on local community websites.
From giving us all the time in the world (despite the busy waiting room) to explaining exactly what would happen, how to hold her and not to stop to pay as it was something we could do when we felt better, Mrs Hill walked with us through every step of the way.
It says something about Mrs Hill that one meeting could leave such an indelible memory with us. So sad to hear that she has left the surgery for the final time.
Posted by Leonie F-B on May 8, 2021
I was so very sad to hear the news about Mrs Hill. My family first met her when we were recommended Hills Vets for our family pets back in the mid 1990s and we immediately realised we had found an excellent vet. She, along with the team at Hills Vets, allowed me to spend many fascinating weeks at the surgery doing work experience when I was a young teenager and there is no doubt she was one of the people that inspired me to train as a vet. Hills Vets then gave me a Saturday job while I was at university and helped enormously with my training placements, giving me so much valuable experience. I’ve now been a vet for almost 10 years and I still often think fondly of Mrs Hill and how much she truly cared for all her patients and their families. It is obvious from this tributes page that she meant so much to so many people, and she will not be forgotten. Sending my deepest sympathies to her family and friends.
Posted by Shaun Leane on May 7, 2021
As a family we are so saddened by the loss of Carol. She was a wonderful person with a heart of gold. Not only has she taken care of our pets over the decades she took care of us in those sad times when our beloved pets passed on.
For me she was a kind rock who held my hand through some very sad times.
Carol was a truly beautiful Human Being and a soul like hers that shone so brightly, will never dim.
Rest in peace dear Carol
Posted by Indra B on May 7, 2021
Am sure Mrs Hill's beautiful legacy will continue with such a great team of vets and nurses and everyone else who works there. Was so sorry to hear about your loss. I remember fondly when she told me my cat was bossying me at the time. She was so right and it still makes me smile.
Having seen so many people attend the lovely tribute / procession, am sure many will keep her in their heart.

Wishing her family and friends strength in this challenging time.
Indra & Pippa
Posted by Julia Somerville on May 7, 2021
So very sad to hear the news about Carol. A shock, as I didn’t know she was ill.
We’ve been bringing our cats, hamsters and rabbits to Hills Vets since 1982. For all these years Carol has been such a friendly, reassuring and tender nurturer of our pets. She had a wonderfully sunny and humorous manner. You always came out of her surgery feeling that everything was going to be alright.
My deepest condolences to her family and to all you wonderful people at Hills Vets.
I’m sure the spirit of Carol will live on.
Posted by Avon Priestley on May 7, 2021
My wife Lyndia, who looks after Bertie most of the time, and myself would like to pay our respects to Carol Hill. She kept a close watch over our Border Terrier who was suffering from bouts of intestine infections.

More recently she handed Bertie over to Mark who has proved to be as equally caring and professional as Mrs Hill.

We send our sincere condolences to her family and our thanks for all she has done for our Border Terrier.
Posted by Nicolle Farley on May 7, 2021
I never knew your name
We always called you Mrs Hill
And we hung on your every word because you knew what the animals needed

You treated my darling Katto Kat
You said "feed her prawns to clean her teeth"
She lived, because of you, for nineteen years (with a gleaming smile)

And when she was very far gone and couldn't move and then couldn't eat
You came here and gave her a painless end
And curled her up and wrapped her in a towel

And your care and love wrapped us up too
And reached many people, over a long time

And now we have two rescue cats
And we feed them prawns weekly
And they love you too
Posted by Susi Chatterton on May 7, 2021
Carol has been our wonderful neighbour for many years. She is such a loving and beautiful person inside and out. She shines bright and we will miss seeing her with her beautiful grandchildren. We send all our love to her family.
Posted by Pauline Buttle on May 7, 2021
Carol Hill was such an amazing woman and loved and admired by so many. Her kindness, knowledge, support and hugs were legendary. She will be missed terribly. I am so glad we knew her.
Our love to all at Hills and her family.
Posted by Andie de Rougemont on May 7, 2021
I am so sad to hear about the passing of Carol Hill. What a woman! Her kindness knew no bounds, her knowledge was second to none, her sense of humour and practicality was a rare thing. I will truly miss her. My family started to bring our animals to Hills 47 years ago, I was 5!  I have so many amazing memories, it is hard to know which to share. Just 3 years ago one of our dogs Oscar an 11 year old Bichon was diagnosed with liver cancer, my daughter was doing her A levels so we decided to see how he went, When it was time, Mrs Hill and one of her lovely nurses came to my home and put him down, I will never ever forgot just how kind and understanding she was, as you can imagine it was a tough few weeks and without her support it would have been even tougher, I will always be so grateful. My heart goes out to her family and all the people at Hills at this very difficult time.
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Posted by Vicky Nicholls on May 9, 2022
Hello to all at the wonderful Hills vets. I was so sorry to read of Mrs Hills passing, I hadn't realised she had died. She and the team gave such amazing kind and strong care to both cats we have had over the last 15 years.
Carol had the most amazing skill and daftness of movement with our cats - even Twiglet, our current cat who is a rescue cat and very nervous, stayed calm with Carol! She was an incredible woman and we were all lucky to have he care for our pets while she was here.
Blessings to all the rest of the team
Vicky Nicholls
Posted by Barbara Fireman on May 7, 2022
Having not long ago lost our latest (and very old) last cat we are very saddened that Mrs Hill will not be here to see and look after his successors. It was always reassuring to know she was there, with such knowledge and experience. 
Posted by Martin Hibbert on April 3, 2022
We will always love you Carol. You and your wonderful family. Thank you for everything. You will be forever in our hearts.

Martin and Stephanie
Xxxxxxx
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One year on. Remembering our legend with family, friends, food and champagne - your legacy lives on. Miss you more than words can say. Xx
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Shared by Sarah Hill on April 2, 2022
One year on. Remembering our legend with family, friends, food and champagne - your legacy lives on. Miss you more than words can say. Xx

Mrs Hill gave my dog 18 more months!

Shared by Elaine Bernstein on June 1, 2021
Its clear from all the photos and stories here how much Mrs Hill was loved by both family, friends and pet owners alike!  If dogs could write they'd have a wonderful story to tell too.  So I'll try and write for me and on my dog Bonnie's behalf.  Bonnie is now almost 16 and a half years old and in January 2020 I was about to go on a trip to Australia when Bonnie's leg movements just seemed to cease.  I took her to Medivet who'd treated Bonnie for years, and was told, albeit very kindly, that if Bonnie didn't show any improvement in a week it was time to "seriously question her quality of life".  I then, desperate, took her to Mrs Hill who looked at Bonnie as a whole, not just purely from a physical viewpoint, and said with a wry smile, "I'd give her two weeks."  I felt so relieved as the pressure had massively been lifted.  Mrs Hill had wanted to see Bonnie in a week and when we went back in she said that Bonnie was still interested in being alive and that she thought she'd be alright.  Somehow that was all I needed in order to know that it was too early to have her put down.  I went to Australia with a lighter heart and came back to a loyal, happy and loving dog.  Thank you Mrs Hill for looking at the whole of my pet.  We all loved you, may you rest in peace.  Love Elaine Bernstein
Shared by Jill Donker Curtius on May 9, 2021
Mrs Hill, how we are going to miss you! You were part of our lives for so long and such an important part, by taking care of our precious pets. There was Tabby, Wiggy, Humphrey,  Flossy,  Roxy ,Jeremy and Violet (who she said were disgustingly healthy ). Roxy was left to us by my sister who passed away in 2012. A black toy poodle with attitude, overweight and full of bad habits, eating when she wanted,  sleeping in the bed and not wanting to walk. . We had trouble on our hands! Mrs Hill helped us turn Roxy round. She said she never seen such good teeth on a dog of her age and to take her out in the car for a change of scene  (which Roxy loved). We struggled with her serious skin problems and as for her anal glands... we nearly gave up... but for Mrs Hill who on one visit to clear those damn glands, after squeezing hard and being told off by Roxy, stuck the tissue under my nose and said ‘smell that’ It was the funniest moment! Making light of a difficult issue. Love her. Roxy lived until September last year she was 17! We couldn’t have done it without Mrs Hills support throughout. She was special person and wonderful vet