Fayma Henderson Hill

Fayma Henderson Hill passed away Dec. 10, 2013, in Mexia at the age of 83.

She was born Jan. 23, 1930, in Mexia, where she grew up, attending Mexia High School where she met the love of her life, John J. Hill, who preceded her in death in 1995. She has gone to join him in Heaven, forever together.

Fayma graduated from Mexia High School in the Class of 1947. She then attended The University of Texas, graduating in 1954 with a Bachelor of Arts in Education. She then went to Sul Ross State College, where she obtained her master’s in Education in 1957.

John and Fayma were married Dec. 23, 1951, in Mexia, and both were teachers and administrators in Odessa, Erie and Broomfield, Colo., Fayma continued her lifelong career in education in Longmont, Colo., at both Niwot and Longmont high schools, where she worked in the library and front office for 26 years prior to her retirement.

She taught English and history and deeply enjoyed both subjects. She was always reading the “great American novels” and writing her stories of life in Mexia.

After her retirement, Fayma relocated back to her hometown of Mexia, wanting to reconnect with her childhood friends and church. She became a docent for the Mexia Public Schools Museum, wanting to help “Keep the Memories Alive.” Fayma also became active with First Presbyterian Church in Me­xia, and was a member of the Morning Circle group. Members of that group were frequent visitors to her home and became quite the extended family.

Fayma is survived by daughters, Fayma Lane (James) Callahan and Kindra Dean Hill; sister Virginia Hargrove; brother Eugene Henderson; numerous cous­ins, nieces, nephews; and a whole herd of loving friends and family.

Fayma was preceded in death by her loving husband, John J. Hill; sister-in-law Lois Marie Hill (Jim) Pol­vadore; brothers-in-law Larry and Bill Hill; sisters Mary Catherine Henderson (David C.) Fowler, Sarah Elizabeth Henderson (James) Cotton, Emma Etta Henderson (How­ard) Conner, and Grace Nan Henderson (Woody) Cherry; brothers Thomas Gathright Henderson, James Lionel Henderson and Dana Gibson Henderson.

Memorial services will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, De­c. 15, at First Presbyterian Church of Mexia, with Pastor Glenn McGuire officiating. Graveside services and interment follow in the Mexia Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to LARAS House, Limestone Animal Rescue Adoption Shelter c/o Henry and Mary Lain Commiskey, P.O. Box 190, Mexia, TX 76667.

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