ForeverMissed

This site is dedicated to the amazing life of Muriel Joyce Weber - Hill. Muriel was a wife, mother, teacher, historian, adventurer, musician, gardener, and generous giver of herself.

Muriel was born on August 1, 1933, to Ada Clerice and Walter Herman Weber near Yakima, Washington. She died January 24, 2019, after a battle with health issues. She died peacefully and filled with hope for heaven.

Muriel was preceded in death by her parents, Walter Herbert and A. Clerice Weber, her brothers Walter and Victor Weber and her husband Tom Hill.  She is survived by her sisters, the Rev. Iris Martin and C. Loraine Burdick, sisters-in-law, Judy Weber and Delaine Hill, her four children, Tresa (Mark) Latham, Leslie (Mike) Emmons, Tim (Drina) Hill and Steve (Sandi) Hill, 17 grandchildren and 8 great grandchildren.

Special thanks from the family to her caregivers Sharon, Debra, Cheri, and Arva who made it possible for her to stay home.

Posted by Marilyn Ferguson on August 1, 2019
Once again it is the time of year when the Farmer's Market in Puyallup is a Saturday feature. I will remember always those wonderful days of sharing a space and a friendship with Muriel. Remember loaning her a blue hat to keep the sun out of her eyes. Remember struggling to put up the canopy and get the booth set up and ready. Remember sitting and talking when things were slow. Remember the beauty of the soul that was Muriel. Thank you, Lord , for giving me the gift of knowing her.
Posted by Marilyn Ferguson on March 14, 2019
Muriel epitomized the Christian woman. Always loving and giving to everyone she met. She joyfully worked extra hours in her garden to be able to share with those who needed food. She played the piano at church. She gave generously to charity, and most important she gave of herself without reservation. It was my privilege to know her. Hers was a life well lived and her loving soul will always be an inspiration to me.
Posted by Cheryl Jensen on February 26, 2019
Muriel was my youngest aunt, about halfway in age between my mother and me. I always loved being around her. When we got together for family gatherings she always had such interesting things to talk about: books, music, etc. I actually had a chance to visit her classroom once, back in 1984, when I was on furlough from Brazil. Brazil was one of the places featured in the social studies book, so she invited me to go and share firsthand experiences with the class. It was fun to share and to answer the questions that the kids had. I didn't realize until I got the notice from Steve about this site that Aunt Muriel and I share the same middle name (Joyce) !
Posted by Dolores Barrett on February 26, 2019
Muriel was an inspiring neighbor. She always managed and accomplished her tasks with love and insight. I observed her completing degrees and instructing classes. I noted her teaching her own children piano, whiled working tirelessly at various farming duties.She modeled Christian motherhood, and accomplished all with humor and love. I was privileged to know her.

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Posted by Marilyn Ferguson on August 1, 2019
Once again it is the time of year when the Farmer's Market in Puyallup is a Saturday feature. I will remember always those wonderful days of sharing a space and a friendship with Muriel. Remember loaning her a blue hat to keep the sun out of her eyes. Remember struggling to put up the canopy and get the booth set up and ready. Remember sitting and talking when things were slow. Remember the beauty of the soul that was Muriel. Thank you, Lord , for giving me the gift of knowing her.
Posted by Marilyn Ferguson on March 14, 2019
Muriel epitomized the Christian woman. Always loving and giving to everyone she met. She joyfully worked extra hours in her garden to be able to share with those who needed food. She played the piano at church. She gave generously to charity, and most important she gave of herself without reservation. It was my privilege to know her. Hers was a life well lived and her loving soul will always be an inspiration to me.
Posted by Cheryl Jensen on February 26, 2019
Muriel was my youngest aunt, about halfway in age between my mother and me. I always loved being around her. When we got together for family gatherings she always had such interesting things to talk about: books, music, etc. I actually had a chance to visit her classroom once, back in 1984, when I was on furlough from Brazil. Brazil was one of the places featured in the social studies book, so she invited me to go and share firsthand experiences with the class. It was fun to share and to answer the questions that the kids had. I didn't realize until I got the notice from Steve about this site that Aunt Muriel and I share the same middle name (Joyce) !
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Wife and Mother

Muriel married Thomas Eugene Hill, of Everett, Washington, on Saturday, the 13th of June, 1953 at the First Baptist Church in Everett, Washington. They spent years together in Milton-Freewater, Oregon; Forks, Washington; Concrete, Washington; Puyallup, Washington; and finally at their beloved farm in McMillin near Orting, Washington. Tom and Muriel shared a love for God, the churches they served, the students they taught, and the farm where they both finished their lives.

Together Tom and Muriel had four children. Tresa (Mark) Latham, Leslie (Mike) Emmons, Tim (Drina) Hill and Steve (Sandi) Hill. They also had 17 grandchildren and 8 great grandchildren.

Tom preceded Muriel, passing away May 20, 2011.

Dedicated Student and Teacher

Muriel was a high school graduate of Highline High School in Des Moines, Washington in 1950. She went on to college in Bellingham, Washington, attending the Western Washington College of Education, where she pursued her degree in music and education.

Muriel, often known as 'Mrs Hill,' taught school early in her career at Milton Freewater, Oregon (1953), followed by a year in Forks, Washington (1954). For 10 years she raised family, before returning in 1965 to teaching in the Puyallup School District as a 4th grade teacher at Fruitland Elementary School. She finished her career in 1996 as a 5th grade teacher at Ridgecrest Elementary School. In total, she taught school for 34 years, 32 of which was in the Puyallup District.

Milton Freewater, OR -- 1 year
Forks, WA -- 1 year
Fruitland Elementary, Puyallup -- 20 years
Ridgecrest Elementary, Puyallup -- 12 years

Muriel was also a life-long student of the Bible, and taught Sunday School for 35 years (Bethany Baptist Church, Sumner First Christian Church and Orting Christian Church).

The Hill Farm near Orting, Washington

Muriel loved gardening. It was a pastime she cherished from her childhood. The garden became a central part of both diet and social focus in the Hill family. Muriel's open heart included inviting any and all to garden along side her, and through the years many friends tilled, planted, weeded, harvested, canned, juiced, etc., alongside Muriel. At harvest time, there was often enough to feed hundreds of people, and if you came to the farm, you left with fruit or vegetables as a gift of her gardens / orchards. It highlighted Muriel's love-language of 'giving gifts' to any and all. 

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A Rare and Special Person...

Shared by Melissa Fox on February 24, 2019

I first met Muriel in my 4th grade year at Fruitland Elementary. She was the most popular teacher at the school with her imaginative approach to every subject from art to reading. I was very lucky to have been in her class. She introduced me to the Lloyd Alexander "Prydain" series which I have delighted in sharing with other children. I recall a field trip to the heron marsh on South Hill (where the Mall is now located), an after school trek to the Woodbine Cemetery in search of owls and our classroom projects - unconventional (in these times) and amazing!

As an adult, I reconnected with Muriel and she helped me through a very difficult time in my life by opening her home and nursery to me. I worked with her at the Puyallup Farmers Market for several years. Some of my best memories were of the days spent helping her prepare for market; loading, selling, and learning so many things about plants. Former students and their parents would stop by the booth to visit and she remembered every one of them!

Between Muriel and my Mom, I became a serious gardener, not so much of crops, but of plants and garden design. My first Western Garden Book came from Muriel. She encouraged me to take on big projects, including designing gardens as a side business and even building my koi pond. She believed in creativity and its value in the world.

Muriel was also a cat lover. I recall a time when Sasha, Muriel's female Siamese, had a litter of kittens and we drove non-stop to take one to Leslie and her family in San Diego. I was fortunate to "buy" one of Sasha's Siamese kittens as a Christmas gift for my Mom. Mr. Darcy was the best present I've ever given and he was my parents' pride and joy for 13 years. Muriel also gave me a little grey female from one of Sasha's 1/2 Siamese litters. I still have Sissy and she will be 18 in a few weeks, she has been an important piece of my life and a connection to Muriel.

Rarely have I encountered someone like Muriel - talented in countless ways, with the ability to heal and accept others. She touched so many lives. The world has been all the better for the understanding and inspiration Muriel readily shared. And I was blessed to have had her in my life as a teacher and a friend.

Thanks for Laughter

Shared by Leslie Emmons on February 22, 2019

Mom had a really great sense of humor.  It was always fun when she and Uncle Vic got together because they would be howling over each other's playfulness.

I noticed it too when she would select books to read to us.  She was a huge fan of P.G. Wodehouse and always wanted to read stories aloud.  It was a frustrating experience for the listener, because she would be laughing so hard at what she was reading, we could not understand what she was saying!

And her April Fools Day jokes played on her classes were epic.

But just last week, I read through all the comics she had clipped out over the years. Through my loneliness, I could hear her laughter and it made me laugh too.

Duets with Mom

Shared by Leslie Emmons on February 22, 2019

Thanks to Mom for teaching me to play piano.  At four, she made it a game for me by having me take "lessons" from her.  I would say goodbye and go out the back door and go around and knock on the front door where my "teacher" would greet me and welcome me in.  It was great fun!

As I grew up, Mom started introducing me to piano duets. They started easy but we worked up to some pretty hard ones.  My favorite was a rollicking rendition of "Tea for Two."  We would sway on the bench, laughing and stumbling through the notes, joyously making music together.  It was a sad day when she hung up her piano playing.  I miss that.