Graveside services are scheduled for 11 a.m., Tuesday, March 29, 2011, at Memory Lawn Cemetery for Eleanor Elizabeth Hill, 82, who passed away at Eastern New Mexico Medical Center on March 24, 2011. The Rev. Gorton Smith of First United Methodist Church will officiate.
Eleanor was born in Hagerman, Sept. 12, 1928, to Lester E. Hinrichsen and N. Doyle Hinrichsen, who preceded her in death. She was predeceased also by her sisters, Doris White and Alphadeen Arnett. Eleanor married Earnest M. â€œShortyâ€ Hill Jr. on Sept. 12, 1947, in Hagerman.
â€œShortyâ€ passed away Oct. 13, 2007, shortly after celebrating their 60th wedding anniversary. Eleanor is survived by her son James D. Hill Sr. and daughter Pamela J. Kennedy, both of Roswell.
Also surviving Eleanor are her grandchildren, John Kennedy Jr. and wife Heather, of Colorado Springs, Colo., Shawn M. Kennedy, of Albuquerque; James D. Hill Jr. and wife Natalie, of Albuquerque, and Randall C. Kennedy, of Roswell; and great-grandchildren, Jaclyn Serru, Nichole Hill, Evan Kennedy, Ella Hill and Jocelyn Kennedy. Eleanor attended Hagerman High School, Eastern New Mexico University, in Portales, and graduated from Colorado School of Banking at the University of Colorado in Boulder.
She was vice president and cashier for First National Bank and Norwest Bank of Roswell, retiring in 1992 after more than 35 years in the local banking community.
Eleanor was a member of First United Methodist Church of Roswell, Roswell Chapter of Altrusa International and National Association of Banking Women. She also volunteered with the United Way of Chaves County and was a lifetime member of Roswell Chamber of Commerce Red Coats. Eleanor was among the first women bank officers in southern New Mexico and the first female auditor for United Way of Chaves County.
She also received multiple awards from the National Association of Banking Women and was one of the first few women to graduate from the Colorado School of Banking. Memorials may be made to the Cowboy Bell Scholarship Fund at First United Methodist Church, 200 N. Pennsylvania Ave., Roswell, NM 88201, or the charity of your choice. Arrangements have been entrusted to Ballard Funeral Home and Crematory. An online registry can be accessed at ballardfuneralhome.com.