Edythe Elizabeth Norton Hill was born in Marion, Illinois to Hettie and Willie Norton. She was the fifth child of five children. Her parents and her siblings: Mary Francis, Charles, and (twins) Roy and Troy have preceded her in death.
Edythe was educated in the Peoria, Illinois Schools and graduated from Peoria High School in 1940. She attended Bradley University in Peoria, Illinois but stopped after getting married. Determined to complete her education, she graduated with a Degree in Accounting from Southeastern University in Washington, DC on June 7, 1961.
In 1942, she married Eugene Steward. From this union one child was born: Hettye Jaynet. The family moved to Colesville, Maryland and moved into a house on Dixie Lane. Their marriage ended in divorce in 1958.
Years later, in 1966, she married Richard Henry Hill, Jr. They were married for 42 years until Richard departed this life on January 5, 2008. After marrying Richard, she joined his church, Sharp Street United Methodist Church, in Sandy Spring, Md. She was quite active with the United Methodist Women. In July 1979, she became a Life Member of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People.
Edythe worked as a Certified Public Accountant for the federal government for over 35 years. For twenty years, she worked for the Department of the Air Force. Then she worked at the Pentagon until she retired in 1980. After retiring, she built an addition onto her house and made it into an office. That’s where she prepared taxes for people.
In 2013, for health reasons, Edythe and her daughter, Hettye, became residents of Collingswood Nursing Home in Rockville, Md. Edythe was known as the Queen of Dancing and the life of the party. She loved Duke Ellington and all the big band music. She was known to be an outrageous flirt. She was always very active, and she loved to talk.
Edythe is survived by her daughter, Hettye Kirkland, three stepchildren: Joyce Elaine Hill, Richard Hill III, and Florence Hill Bleich (Bill), nieces: Nancy Norton Blue and Linda Wilkerson (Willie), great nieces: Adina Malone, Lori Henry and Leslie Jackson, great nephews: Lawrence Blue and Robert Jackson and a host of relatives and friends.
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