Kathryn "Kay" Hill

  • Born: May 6, 1930
  • Died: January 13, 2021
  • Location: Ankeny, Iowa

Memorial Services of Iowa

4208 North Ankeny Blvd.
Ankeny, IA 50023

Tel. (515) 964-0592

Tribute & Message From The Family

Kathryn Jane Hill passed away at the Suites of Ankeny on Wednesday, January 13, 2021. A visitation will be 5-7 p.m., Wednesday, January 20, 2021 at Ankeny Memorial Funeral Home (4208 N Ankeny Blvd). Funeral service will be held 10:30 a.m., Thursday, January 21, 2021 at Ankeny First United Methodist Church (206 SW Walnut St.) To view the live stream for Kay's service please follow this link: https://boxcast.tv/view/kay-hill-memorial-service-ktozfx0t12jdlzifp4yz

Kathryn was born into a Christian home on May 6, 1930 in Boone, IA to Oscar and Mabel (Hulteen) Swanson. All four of her grandparents were Swedish immigrants and settled in Iowa in the late 1800's.

When Kathryn was two, her family moved to a farm near Dayton, IA, where she received her education and graduated high school in 1948. In Dayton she attended Mission Covenant Church where she came to know Jesus as her Lord and Savior. Following graduation, she attended Iowa State Teachers College for two years, and then started her teaching career. She went on to get her bachelor's degree from Drake while continuing to teach school in Des Moines. Kathryn's favorite part of teaching was seeing the children learn, grow, and mature throughout the year.

Kathryn met the love of her life, Gene Hill, in 1947 and they were married on July 20, 1951 in Dayton, IA and celebrated their 69th wedding anniversary in 2020. They moved to Ames, IA where Kathryn taught school until their son David was born in 1963 and she became a stay-at-home mom.

Gene and Kathryn made their home in Ankeny for over 50 years where they raised their son, David and attended Westchester E Free Church. David and his wife Angela have three girls who cherished the countless hours spent at their grandparent's home. "Grandma Kay'' invested a great deal of her time, energy and love into teaching the girls proper etiquette, reading with them, and passing on her cooking and baking skills.

Kathryn was involved in Women's Club, PEO, PTO, Book Club, Investment Club, White Cross, Bible Study, and volunteering at Methodist Hospital. In her free time, she enjoyed traveling with Gene, lunches with friends and "cruising" at 25 mph with the top down in her red convertible.

She was preceded in death by her loving husband Wilbur "Gene" Hill, her parents, Oscar and Mabel (Hulteen) Swanson, sister, Irene (Al) Lindeman and many aunts, uncles and cousins.

She is survived by her son David (Angela) and the "delights of her life" granddaughters, Olivia (27), Claire (24), and Amelia (17).

The family wishes to thank all of Kathryn's friends and family who have visited, called, and sent encouraging cards. We also want to thank Deb and Joy and the staff at the Suites of Ankeny, as well as Dr. Shannon Hood and her staff for their loving care and support.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to; Ankeny Dollars for Scholars (3006 NE Briarwood Drive, Ankeny, IA 50021) or the
Ronald McDonald House (1441 Pleasant St, Des Moines, IA 50314)


Condolence & Memory Journal

Dave: I think of you and your wonderful family frequently and fondly. Your dad and mom spoke of you often and with the highest pride. I know the sentiment was mutually shared. Your folks were very proud of you and your accomplishments. You, your wife and children have a thousand memories to catalogue now and forever. Best regards, partner.

Posted by Michael McMurry - Ankeny, IA - Friend   January 23, 2021

Dear David,
We extend our deepest sympathies to you and your family for the loss of your mother. She will be greatly missed. You all were so dear to her.

Kay and I (Roberta) were the same age and grew up together in the little Swedish towns of Dayton and Boxholm, Iowa. We went to two different churches but our Youth Fellowships did a lot together and that's how I really got to know her. We both became teachers, even found ourselves in classes together at ISU. We each had wonderful husbands who enjoyed friendship, too. We each had one child, nearly the same age. We enjoyed so many years of the four us gathering for lunches and visiting. We shared many Swedish traditions that stayed with us throughout the years.

It has to be hard to lose both parents so close together. We have faith that they are together again.

Blessings to each of you,
Roberta and Jim Swanson
(formerly from Iowa City, IA)

Posted by Roberta and Jim Swanson - Monument, CO - Friend   January 19, 2021

Dave and Angela, Olivia, Claire, and Amelia,
We are sorry to hear of the loss of your precious Mother and Grandmother. What a special lady we know she was from the thorough and interesting obituary someone carefully shared. We know that you will miss her deeply, but can take comfort in knowing that she is with her Jesus, her Lord and Savior. May God comfort you and wrap His loving Abba Father arms around you and give you peace.

Posted by Brenda and James Keller - Houston, TX - Friend   January 19, 2021

Dave and family,

Our sincerest condolences. Love the red convertible, sounds like a terrific life lived and positive impact on others.

Brent and Cindy Broekemeier

Posted by Brent, Cindy Broekemeier - Castle Pines, CO - Friend   January 19, 2021

Dave & Family,
Sorry to hear about the passing of your mother. These are always difficult times but know that our thoughts are with you all.

Chad O'Donnell

Posted by Chad O'Donnell - Sioux Falls, SD - Friend   January 19, 2021

Thinking of all of you. Your Mom was the first person that reached out to me when we moved to Ankeny. She had me over for coffee and introduced me to some of your Sharon St friends. We had connections from your cousin Neela, my family was Swedish and from the Dayton area. Small world! Your Mom was always so friendly. We had good discussions about our Swedish recipes.

Posted by Sue Rasmussen - Ankeny, IA - Friend   January 16, 2021