Global Ministries is saddened to learn of the death of Marjorie Hill

Marjorie Anne Hill

March 10, 1926 – July 1, 2017

Marjorie_Hill.pngMarjorie Anne Hill, 91, died on July 1, 2017 in Bloomington, Indiana at Indiana University Health Hospice House. She was born March 10, 1926 in Winchester, Indiana. Her parents, Thomas Newton Hill and Elma Alexander Hill were Disciples of Christ missionaries to India, where Marjorie grew up and where she later spent the majority of her life serving others. She was preceded in death by her sister, Marilynne Hill, and her brother, Thomas Newton Hill, Jr.

Marjorie attended Woodstock School in Mussoorie, India. She graduated from Richmond High School, and attended Earlham College in Richmond, Indiana. She graduated from Phillips College in Enid, Oklahoma, and received her Masters of Social Work degree from the University of Minnesota. She did further study at Johns Hopkins University.

Marjorie spent 40 years as a medical social worker in India from 1951 to 1991 with the United Christian Missionary Society and the Division of Overseas Ministries, predecessor mission bodies of what today is Global Ministries. She served at Jackman Memorial Hospital School of Nursing in Bilaspur, north India. She set up the Social Service Department at the Christian Medical College Hospital in Ludhiana. Marjorie also taught in a Catholic School of Nursing in Kunkuri. She taught nurses in Indore, and worked with the Voluntary Health Association of India as director of the Madhya Pradesh branch.

Marjorie retired to Indianapolis, where she was a longtime member of the Downey Avenue Christian Church. She lived in Robin Run Retirement Center for 25 years, and was active in their singing group and neighborhood activities. She was a church representative for Bread for the World.

The last year of Marjorie’s life was spent in Bloomington Indiana, near her sister Helen Sturbaum. She became a member of First Christian Church in Bloomington. She and Helen enjoyed many afternoons rekindling their friendship after spending much of their adult lives on opposite sides of the world.

In addition to her sister, Helen Sturbaum, Marjorie also is survived by her nieces and nephews, Karl Sturbaum and Judy Rice, and Chris and Barb Sturbaum of Bloomington; Arthur Sturbaum and Nancy Ratner of Cincinnati; Anne Sturbaum of Wooster, Ohio; Ben Sturbaum and Peggy Gaither of Owensburg, Indiana; and Nicholas and Timothy Hill of New York.

A memorial service will be conducted at 10:00 a.m. July 21, 2017, at Robin Run Village, 5354 West 62nd Street, Indianapolis, Indiana 46268. Condolences may be directed to Mrs. Helen Sturbaum, 616 West 3rd Street, Bloomington, Indiana 47404. Memorial gifts may be directed to the Thomas Newton and Elma Alexander Hill Family Fund for India, Division of Overseas Ministries/Global Ministries P.O. Box 1986, Indianapolis, Indiana, 46206.


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