Willmar - Edith “Edie” Delight Hill, age 85, formerly of Bemidji, died peacefully surrounded by family members on Saturday, April 27, 2013 at the home of her son, Rodney Hill in Willmar.
Her Memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, May 25 at First Baptist Church in Bemidji. A light luncheon will follow the service...complete with lefse.
Edith Delight Hill was born March 19, 1928 in Thief River Falls, to Peter and Olga (Stena) Efteland.
Edie grew up in Thief River Falls attending Washington Elementary and graduating from Lincoln High School in 1947. Her favorite school pastime was figure skating where she became proficient in difficult routines. In her teens, Edie went to work and often times used her earnings to help others.
After high school graduation, Edie worked in her hometown at a restaurant until one of her regular customers, the owner of Purdy’s Shoe Store recruited her to work for him. This was an easy decision, Edie loved shoes.
While on a mail run duty for Purdy’s, Edie caught the eye of a handsome man in civilian sailor duds. This was the beginning of a lifelong relationship. She was married in 1960 to Lewis Rightmire Hill in Grand Forks, N.D.
Shortly after their marriage, and living “spirited lifestyles,” Edie and Lewey turned to the Lord Jesus Christ as their Savior while sitting around Lewey’s brother’s (Don Hill) kitchen table. Relatives had been praying for some 15 years or more that he would submit to and know Christ as his Savior. Now that Edie was in the picture, the Holy Spirit stirred in her too and she submitted to Christ for her life. They later attended Ralph Bell and Lowell Lundstrom Crusades which further ignited their journey.
Edie and Lewey made their home in Thief River Falls from 1960-1974 and in Leonard, 1974-1994 until a fire took their home. Edie and Lewey then made their home in Bemidji. After Lewey’s homegoing in 1999, Edie continued to live in Bemidji until a paralyzing stroke prompted her move to Willmar, in January 2011.
Throughout her life she was dedicated to supporting God's ministry, graciously giving of her talents. She served early in her Christian life as a camp counselor for girls and at times as a camp cook at Lake Bronson Bible Camp.
Later, she was a camp counselor at Big Stone Camp for Christ, and served in a support role for an outreach Bible School for local natives in Armstrong, Canada. Edie and Lewey became church youth group leaders without any formal training which meant unorthodox mentoring methods were surely tried. She also was a Cub Scout den mother for many years.
Edie and Lewey were a team of generous helpers and servants to many people who came across their paths. She and her husband were foster parents for a short time. In Bemidji, Edie was a member of the First Baptist Church and served on the Mission Committee, as a deaconess, Vacation Bible School at church and on the Red Lake Reservation in Ponemah.
For several years, she enjoyed volunteering along with her friends for Lakeland Public Television in Bemidji. She enjoyed the Retired Military Club gatherings even after Lewey passed away.
Her interests of cooking, baking, canning, and preserving made Edie an excellent homemaker. The phrase ‘getting Edie’s fresh buns’ was known to many as a good wholesome gastronomic delight. She was ready to share her goodies and spunk with all of her family, neighbors, friends and strangers. She loved sweets, coffee, Klub, lefse, visits, cackle laughs, hymns, bargains, SkipBo and Scrabble games, road trips, and being a lot mischievous.
Edie was a mother and grandmother who loved and served God in her home, church and community, giving of herself, not seeking honor or recognition (okay, maybe a little). Until the very end, she lived up to her middle name….Delight.
Edie is survived by her daughter, Linda Hill of Bemidji; son, Rodney (Julie) Hill of Willmar; grandchildren, Jenni Hill, Mitchell Hill, Gavin and Greta Hill; great grandchildren, Lacie Smith-Hill, and Analeese Hill; sisters-in-law; many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Lewis; sister, Minnie Wold; brother, Stewart Efteland; and brothers-in law.
Condolences may be left at ceasefuneralhome.com.