Marie Underwood Hill passed away peacefully at her home
in American Fork, Utah on May 30, 2017. Just the day before,
with family at her side, she had reached her 88th birthday.
Her dearest birthday wish was to be reunited with her loving
husband, Reed, who preceded her in death by 18 months.
Helen was born May 29, 1929 in Ogden, Utah, the daughter
of Louis William Underwood and Lillian Orilla Shaw. She
grew up in Ogden during the years of the Great Depression
and World War II. As with so many who lived in those difficult
times, she developed notable attributes of self-reliance,
hard work, and frugality. Such qualities served her well
throughout her entire life and were a continuing example
to her children and grandchildren. With the war years passed,
she met and married a Navy veteran, Reed Adams Hill, in
the Salt Lake Temple on September 8, 1948. This was the
beginning of 67 years of faithful devotion and service to
her loving husband and family. Together they followed Reed’s
career opportunities from Ogden to New York and Boston,
and then to San Jose, California where they lived and served
for 50 years.
Helen had a passion for learning and valued education highly.
She was always active in providing learning opportunities
for her children. After four children came into the family,
Helen resumed her own university studies and obtained a
degree in Education. She then became a 2nd grade teacher,
and in that role she influenced for good hundreds of young
learners. When her fifth child was born, she returned home
to focus on her family. Ever guiding her children’s
learning, she was grateful to see them all obtain university
degrees as well. Attending graduations was one of her favorite
During her years out of the classroom, while raising children,
she invited students into her home. Here she shared her
talent and love for music and taught many, many young people
to play the piano. She loved her grand piano which, thanks
to her wonderful talents, provided music in her home for
decades. Her skills extended to the organ as well, and she
contributed the music to countless church services throughout
most of her life.
Helen was a faithful member of The Church of Jesus Christ
of Latter-Day Saints all of her life. She served faithfully
in numerous callings in the church and filled many duties
as the wife of a bishop and stake president as well. She
served for many years as a worker in the Oakland Temple,
faithfully driving the 100-mile round trip from San Jose,
with her husband at her side, to serve each week in the
temple. Together they also served three full-time missions
to: the Family History Department at Church Headquarters,
the England Birmingham Mission, and then finally to the
Nauvoo Temple. Her testimony of the Gospel of Jesus Christ,
and the service she rendered as a result, is exemplary.
Helen is survived by daughters Shawna Conniff (Jeff) and
Gaylene Powell (David), and sons Roger (Carrie), Terry (Marilyn),
and Curtis (Irene), 29 grandchildren, and 25 great-grandchildren.
She is preceded in death by her husband Reed, her parents,
her brother Bill (Betty), and numerous aunts, uncles, and
cousins. The reunion occurring now is surely a sweet event!
Funeral Services will be held Friday, June 2, 2017 at 11:00
am at the Manila LDS Chapel, 3396 North 900 West, Pleasant
Grove, Utah. Family & friends may call from 9:30-10:30
am prior to the services at the Manila Chapel. Interment
will be at the Ogden City Cemetery, 1875 Monroe Blvd, Ogden,
Utah at 3:00 pm.