Dot and Otto Hill

Dot and Otto Hill

Vera Dorothy “Dot” Hill passed on to be with our Lord on January 27, 2017. She was 91 years old. Dot was born in Bethel Springs, Tennessee on May 12, 1925, to Arthur and Myrtle Williams. She was the Librarian at Dickinson High School for 42 years. She was preceded in death by her parents and her sister, Edna. Her husband of 68 years, James Otto Hill, joined her in heaven less than 12 hours later in the early morning hours of January 28, 2017. He was 92 years old. Otto was born in Sewanee, Tennessee on June 2, 1924 to Elizabeth “Lizzie” and Allen “Bud” Hill. He served in the Marine Corps during WWII in the Pacific Theatre. Dot and Otto married on November 27, 1948 and moved to Dickinson, Texas in 1952, where they lived together for the rest of their lives. Otto was an educator in the Dickinson and Texas City school systems where he taught and counseled generations of students. They are survived by their children, Rene Hill Lee, Mickie Hill, Leah Hill Gentile and James O. Hill, Jr., and by their 14 grandchildren and 7 great-grandchildren. Visitation will be held at the Crowder Funeral Home in Dickinson on Monday, January 30, from 5:00-7:00 p.m. Funeral services will be held at the Holy Trinity Episcopal Church on Tuesday, January 31, at 11:00 a.m. followed by the interment in the church cemetery.


  1. My thoughts and prayers are with the family. Mr. & Mrs. Hill were wonderful people. They will never be forgotten.

    Karen Gross
  2. My sincere thoughts and prayers for the Hill family. Very fine people. Touched so many lives.

    Kevin W. Muegge
  3. Jay, Rene, Mickie and Leah,

    We were so sorry to hear of your parents’ passing. They were beautiful, kind people and we will miss them.

    Vicki, Josh and Bryce Terrell
  4. Our hearts are heavy as they will be missed. I first met Dot when she was the librarian when I was a student, later she was a coworker. She was famous for her luncheons at the beginning of each school year with her tasty rolls. Dot was so involved with her many bridge clubs, I always got my best scores when she was my partner. The strawberry festival at Holy Trinity will not be the same without their participation. I became a member of Holy Trinity because of Dot. I like to think of her sitting outside with her book and a glass of wine; always asking me to join her as I was walking my dog. There is so much more to them that the obituary did not mention, they were a real asset to this community.

    Lynn Coleman
  5. My heart goes out to the family. What a wonderful story of love through this life and all of enternity. Dwight Strain

    Dwight Strain
  6. I am so very sorry for your loss. I remember your parents so very well and felt like they were second parents to me for so many years. My thoughts and prayers to all of you.

    Warm regards,

    Susan Drott Arent

    Susan Drott Arent
  7. Both wonderful people! Both will be missed. Prayers for family.

    Deborah and Jim Flex
  8. Wonderful couple that will be greatly missed in the community. Prayers for the family. May the Lord bless and comfort you all.

    Carolyn Porter Spencer
  9. Thoughts and prayers go out to the family during this difficult time. Dot and Otto will always be remembered by the many people in this community who had the good fortune to know them.

    Karen Walker Beuchaw
  10. Deep condolences to your family. She was always so nice in the library, even when we were noisy and obnoxious! And I remember her fondly from church where I was Episcopal Youth Club President and worked on the famous Strawberry Festivals held there. What a blessing they are together forever now.

    Marianne (Donovan ' 70) Hastings
  11. My loving thoughts and positive energy are sent your way during this very difficult time. Know that your parents, grand and great-grand parents were loved and admired by many. Ms Hill was my mentor when I taught at DHS after having been my Librarian/Teacher when I was a student at DHS. She was a very special person.
    Mr. Hill was respected and liked by his students. Although he was not my Teacher, my friends who had him said very positive things about him.

    Know that the love they shared will always be with you.

    Julia Heckendorn
  12. I owe these two people much gratitude for being instrumental in making the person
    I am today. Mr. Hill was my teacher in the early 60’s at Dickinson High School He was a great instructor. Mrs. Hill always had a helping hand when I needed one in the library. She always greeted me with a smile every time.
    They will be truly missed.


    Bill Logan
  13. I am truly dismayed that I will not be able to attend the service today. Dot was my Sunday School teacher in the early 50s and I still think of the song, “A Blue Bird Over the Tree Tops Flew” when I think of her. Now Dot has spread her own wings. My prayers go out to the family for Otto and Dot.
    Cora Schelling Wright

    Cora Schelling Wright
  14. So sorry to hear about this Jay. What wonderful parents you had, and what a blessing they were to the entire Dickinson community. My prayers are with you and your family.

  15. I first met the Hills at the Supper Club in their home. There I met my wife Cora at a pinball machine on their backyard porch. Cora and I are still together as I know the Dot and Otto are together in paradise with our Savior. I have many memories of them at the Strawberry Festivals that we shared.

    Clark Phillips Wright
  16. Mrs. Hill was always a sweet and caring lady. I had the opportunity to learn all about the library in my senior year in DHS, thanks to Mrs. Hill. My prayers go out to all her family members. God Bless

    Sandra Curry Mullis
  17. Jay & Paige and the Hill family, so sorry for the passing of your parents. They were truly great people who influenced so many lives. May God comfort you during this difficult time.

    Rick Van Horn
  18. Our thoughts and prayers are with your family.

    Fred & Brenda Davis
  19. I just found out today, February 6th. I am so sorry for your loss. They were both amazingly kind and caring people. They will be foundly thought of, and truly missed.

    Linda Jones-Johnson

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