Madonna L. Hill, a soul as gentle as a whisper but as impactful as a symphony, passed away on January 3, 2024, at the age of 94. Born on July 24, 1929, in Bucyrus, Ohio to Francis and Katherine Haala, Madonna's journey was one marked by faith, love, and a quiet spirit of adventure. She was a devoted wife, loving mother and grandmother, loyal friend, and devout Catholic with a fondness for boxed rosé wine, serving others, knitting, gardening, baking, and laughter, and she taught us all the art of kindness and patience.
Madonna was a beacon of light in our lives, an angel on earth who has now found her rightful place in heaven. She could charm the slot machines with her unfailing luck and fill our hearts with joy singing her songs. Her spirit, so light and joyous, reminds us that even in sorrow, there's a silver lining; in her case, it’s probably a winning slot machine in the sky.
She was the beloved wife of Richard E. Hill, an IBM engineer, jack-of-all trades, a perfect match to her bubbly and lighthearted personality, who predeceased her in 2007. Together, they navigated the journey of life with grace and love.
She is welcomed in heaven by many loved ones, including her sister Mary Ann Mills (Haala), her brother James (Jim) Haala, her eldest son Doug Hill, and best friends John and Louette Crowley. Left to cherish her memory and continue her legacy are her four children: Denise (Hill) Chavers, Debra (Hill) Holmes, David Hill, and Donald Hill. Each of them carries a piece of Madonna's extraordinary spirit and virtues. Additionally, Madonna leaves grandchildren Jana, Kyle, Keri, Jesse, Aric, Nathan, Carter, and Chris as well as great-grand children Olivia, Emma, Alaina, Addisyn, Amelia, Cohen and Parker to live with wonderful memories of her kindness and laughter.
Even though she could easily get lost in a shopping mall or parking lot, she and her husband, Dick traveled around the country in their RV visiting family, friends and marking new adventures along the way.
Madonna had a fondness for the song "Let There Be Peace on Earth," a reflection of her own desire to spread harmony and joy wherever she went. As we bid her farewell, let's remember that while heaven has indeed gained an angel, we have gained a guardian. Her legacy of love, laughter, and the simple pleasures of life- like a good glass of wine, laughing at a silly joke, and the thrill of a nickel slot machine, will forever be etched in our hearts.
In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory may be made to Bristol Hospice Denver or the ALS Association.