Arla HILL

HILL Arla Marie Morck (nee Norre) 1932-2007 Arla Hill of Dickson, passed away peacefully, dearly loved by her family and her community, on January 9, 2007. Arla was born on October 11, 1932 in Innisfail Alberta and grew up in communities in Alberta, spending most of her life in Dickson. She was an accomplished artist, musician, teacher and handcrafter spending countless hours, with the patience of Job, on projects for the enjoyment of all. She had a love of the outdoors, a passion for fishing and still enjoyed camping and rides on her quad in the mountains. Arla was well known for teaching piano lessons, community dedication and volunteer roles with local groups, and her time as school teacher at H.J. Cody in Sylvan Lake, Alberta. She was an organist for Bethany Lutheran Church in Dickson since she was sixteen years old, and always shared her amazing gift of music with the church and community. She was proud to have obtained her university degree (B.Ed.) at mid life as well as becoming a pilot and a dental assistant. She will be remembered for her love and devotion to her family, her friends, her community and her commitment to the church. Arla had successfully battled serious illness resulting in near death on two occasions in the past 10 years and had recovered from these experiences, a living testament to perseverance and what the love and prayers of a great many people can accomplish. She lived life to the fullest every minute and gave generously of herself, leaving a remarkable legacy to all who knew her. She was a mainstay to the community and to her family and will be deeply missed. She was predeceased by her first husband of 25 years, Oscar (Morck) in 1978 and by her second husband of 24 years, Gordon (Hill) in 2004. She is survived and loved by her twin sister Ardis (Dennis) Bramall, sons Steve (Tammie) Morck and Dan (Kelly) Hill, daughters Lynne Morck, Laureen (Mike) Aime, Melinda (Al) Ragas, Jodi (James) Keefer and her grandchildren Sarah (Ed), Jenn, Colin, Al, Kari, Rick, Robert, Mackenzie, Chelsey, Melayna, Harry, Chase, Cassie, Nicholas, Austin and Hailey. She was much loved by her numerous nephews & nieces, her brothers and sisters-in-law, Bob and Ella Rose, Hank and Thora Kemtrup and Florence Morck. She is also survived by several close cousins who thought of her as a sister: Fran LaRue, Darlene (Ray) Swan, Lorne St. Clair, Helen (George) Lewis, Irene (Lyle) Bliss and Nick (Doreen) Nicholson. A celebration of Arla's life will be held on Saturday, January 13, 2007 at 2:00pm at the Bethany Lutheran Church in Dickson, 30 km west of Innisfail with fellowship to follow in the adjoining church hall. In light of her community spirit and her passion, we ask those considering memorial donations in her honour to send them to one of the two following organization programs: The Thomsen Family Cabin Fund, a pioneer heritage restoration project of  the  Elmer Thomsen cabin (Ala's Uncle, where she and others in the family lived briefly):  Please make Cheques payable to the Danish Canadian National Museum in Dickson, Alberta (noting the Thomsen Cabin Fund) PO Box 92, Spruce View, Alberta Canada T0M 1V0. The Bethany Memorial Fund which funds a wide range of aid and community service functions with no overhead: Please make cheques payable to the Bethany Memorial Fund, Care of the Bethany Lutheran Church in Dickson, PO Box 16, Site 10, RR1 Innisfail, Alberta Canada T4G 1Y6. Condolences to the family may be forwarded to: www.metcalffuneralchapel.com Arrangements are in the care of METCALF FUNERAL HOMES 4200 49th Ave. Innisfail, Alberta. Phone (403)227-3123


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