Maurine Lucille Hill was born October 2, 1929 in Kansas City, Missouri, to Henry Patrick Hill and Vanie Onita Hill (Shepherd) who both proceeded her in death. Maurine was the fifth child of six siblings and was proceeded in death by her siblings, Henry Jr., Erie, Lowell, Frank and Vanie Jr.
After graduating high school Maurine went on to college. After receiving her degree as a registered nurse Maurine chose a career in military service. She first enter the military as a nurse in the United States Air Force, in 1957, after a break in service to care for her ailing father she returned to military service with the United States Army Nurse Corp in 1969. This was in following a long and proud tradition of military service by members of her family. Maurine served as a nurse during the Vietnam War from April 1969 to March 1970 for which she awarded the Bronze Star. Maurine went on to serve in several overseas assignments and ended her distinguished career at Tripler Army Medical Center in Honolulu, Hawaii before retiring at the rank of Colonel.
Col. Maurine Hill moved to Suitland, Maryland and after getting settled in Prince George’s County she joined and quickly rose through the ranks to become the first Disabled American Veterans State Commander of Maryland. She also serves as an officer in the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW), Montfort Point Marines, and Vice Chair of the Maryland Vietnam Veterans Memorial Commission. Maurine was always on the annual list of The One Hundred Most Outstanding Women in Prince George’s County in the 80’s and 90’s.
Maurine L. Hill, as the matriarch of the HILL clan, never married or had children of her own. This did not stop her from being a very loving aunt who led her family with love and a firm hand. Maurine leaves behind a host of nieces and nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews and even great-great-nieces and great-great-nephews, too many to name individually, who loved and will miss her dearly. She also leaves behind a special friend, Mr. Sam Cox. You were the epitome of a Proverb 31 woman.
Taps has blown and God as called you home.
You served your country with pride and dignity.
You lead your family with a firm hand and lots of love.
You are finally free to be with your parents, brothers and sister.
We will miss your wisdom and love but we know you and the rest of the elders are watching us from above.
Rest well soldier! You've earned your reward.
Love and miss you Aunt Maurine. Over and Out
No farewell words were spoken
No time to say goodbye
You were gone before we knew it
And only God knows why
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