Riverhead, N.Y. (BNc) — Fern Hill, wife of Jerry Hill and co-founder of the Timothy Hill Children’s Ranch, Riverhead, NY, passed away peacefully in her sleep early Monday morning, May 17, 2021.
Family and friends celebrated her graduation to glory Saturday, May 22, 2021, at the Langston Memorial Chapel, located on the grounds of the ranch. The beautiful service was streamed live on the ranch FaceBook page where many friends were able to view the service.
Fern was predeceased by two sons, Timothy and Thomas. She is survived by her husband of 65 years, Jerrell Hill, her sons Titus, Thaddaeus, James, her daughter-in-law Emily, and her grandchildren Hunter, Justin (& Maddie), Ellie, TJ, and Mia.
Words cannot express the impact her life has made on so many others during her 86 years. To know Fern Hill was to love her, and many did. Our heartfelt sympathy is expressed to those she left behind when she graduated to glory May 17, 2021.
Credit to the Timothy Hill Children’s Ranch FaceBook page for much of this information.
As a teenage girl, I prayed to marry a preacher. I knew no one who was desiring to be a preacher but each night I knelt by my bed and prayed, “Lord, if I am capable of being a preacher’s wife I would like to marry a preacher. If not, just let me marry a Christian.” God answered that prayer for me. Our local preacher, Jerry Humphries, preached in two gospel meetings that summer and invited a young man from Alabama Christian College (now Faulkner University) to preach in his absence. He brought his girlfriend with him so that took him out of the running. But when I learned they were coming back in a week or so, I asked if they didn’t have some fine young man they could bring down and let me meet. The girl thought for a minute, snapped her fingers and said, “Old Doug.” Old Doug and I will be married 56 years on December 18. We have two children and two grandchildren. All our children are faithful members of the church. God is so good. I love Him so.