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In Memory of

Hope B. Hills

October 7, 1924 - May 10, 2017

Obituary


Hope B. Hills (Ruth Hope Behling Hills) died peacefully in her sleep early in the morning of May 10, 2017 at the age of 92. Due to progressive dementia, she had been living at a memory care facility in Lynwood, close to family in Edmonds.

Hope was born Oct. 7, 1924, in Ferron Utah, the second daughter of William August Henry Behling and Linda Minerva Nelson Behling. She was born prematurely and given the middle name Hope because they hoped she would live. Those were clearly powerful wishes. Hope's older sister, Wilma Andrea Behling...

Hope B. Hills (Ruth Hope Behling Hills) died peacefully in her sleep early in the morning of May 10, 2017 at the age of 92. Due to progressive dementia, she had been living at a memory care facility in Lynwood, close to family in Edmonds.

Hope was born Oct. 7, 1924, in Ferron Utah, the second daughter of William August Henry Behling and Linda Minerva Nelson Behling. She was born prematurely and given the middle name Hope because they hoped she would live. Those were clearly powerful wishes. Hope's older sister, Wilma Andrea Behling (Prichard) was born in 1921. Their parents died when the girls were young and they were raised by aunts and uncles in Ferron and in nearby Price, Utah. Hope lived with her mother's sister, Lillian Nelson, in Price, during her junior and senior high school years. The high school shared space with the new Carbon Junior College, where Eugene Charles Hills was studying journalism. By the time Hope graduated from Carbon High School in 1942, she knew Gene was the love of her life.

Gene enlisted in the Army Air Corps, receiving his pilot's wings and graduating from flight training Oct. 1, 1943, the same date Hope and Gene were married in the chapel at Williams Field, Chandler, Ariz.. Hope accompanied him to various bases for advanced training until he shipped out for the Pacific Theater where he flew photo reconnaissance missions in a P-38 Lightning while she returned to Price.

After the war, Gene and Hope lived in Oklahoma City, where he began a career as a journalist with the Daily Oklahoman newspaper. Their two children were born in Oklahoma, Susan in 1950, and Eugene James in 1955. In 1956, the family moved to Seattle where Gene was the features editor for the Seattle Times. Gene died of a heart condition in 1963 and Hope began working for the Seattle Times the following year. Long before being a single mom was a statement of independence, Hope worked full time while keeping the family home and traditions intact and providing a loving, supportive foundation for her children. They continued to go fishing, camping and traveling while she also instilled an appreciation for inquisitiveness and academic pursuit. Hope worked with the Times Troubleshooter, a consumer help column, until her retirement in 1990. After retirement, she devoted her life to her granddaughters, Kelly and Katie Hills, both of Seattle.

Hope was preceded in death by her husband, Eugene Charles Hills and sister Wilma (Winna) Andrea Behling (Prichard). She is survived by her daughter, Susan Hills (Bill Rimer) of Ester, Alaska; her son Eugene James (Jim) Hills (Joan); granddaughters Kelly Lynn Hills (Courtney) and Kathleen Ann Hills (Lucas Dourado). She is also survived by her sisters-in-law Mary Saunders Hills of Bellevue, Louise Hills Elwood of Rohnert Park, Calif., and Argentina Schifano Ramos Hills of Miami, Fla., and numerous nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations in Hope's name to Seattle Children's Hospital.