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Margaret C. Hillis

Margaret C. Hillis died on Saturday, April 6, 2019 at Valley Eldercare in Grand Forks, ND.

She was born at home in Cavalier, ND, September 28, 1921, to Warren S. and Mary L. (Moritz) Campbell.

Margaret graduated from Cavalier High School after which she moved to California with her widowed mother and older brother. There she attended Pasadena Junior College. On returning to North Dakota, she attended Interstate Business College in Fargo, then worked at the Agricultural Stabilization and Conservation Services office in Cavalier.

On December 1, 1943, she married John D. “Jack” Hillis in Miami, OK, the day after he received his “Wings” from the U.S. Army Air Corps. Margaret’s favorite job was working at the Kansas City Union Station, the nation’s busiest railway terminal during World War II.

After Jack’s military discharge they moved to his family’s farm near Backoo, ND, where they lived until they built their home in Cavalier. In 2007 they moved to Valley Square in Grand Forks.

Margaret was a member of Cavalier Methodist Church where she taught Sunday School and was active in United Methodist Women. She also was a 4-H leader, and enjoyed Order of Eastern Star, Study Club, and American Legion Auxiliary. She loved cooking for friends and family. Her recipes are treasures! Golfing, gardening, quilting, and china painting were among her interests.

She was preceded in death by Jack, her husband of 64 years; her parents, daughter Joan Parrish, sister Jessie Arneson, and daughter-in-law Lonna Hillis.

Survivors include her children: Kathryn (Herb) Debban, Lenoir City, TN, Susan (Bart) Thompson, Flagstaff, AZ, John, Cavalier, ND; grandchildren: Sara Thorn and Kirk Debban; Jeanne Wiles and Ron Thompson; Lezlie Derber, Dan Parrish, Jim Parrish, and Gail Grosek; Sadie Hillis, Whitney Austfjord, and Hannah Hillis; 20 greatgrandchildren. Also surviving is her older brother, Robert W. Campbell, Apple Valley, MN.

In lieu of flowers memorials are preferred to Valley Memorial Foundation, 2900 14th Ave S. Grand Forks, ND 58201 or the Pembina County Memorial Hospital Foundation.

Funeral service will be held Wednesday, April 10, 2019 at 10:00 a.m. at the Trinity United Methodist Church, Cavalier, ND. Visitation will be held Tuesday, April 9th from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. with a 7:00 p.m. prayer service and Eastern Star service at the church.

Visitation on Tuesday, April 9th from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. with a 7:00 p.m. prayer service and Eastern Star service at the church.

Funeral Service

Wednesday, April 10, 2019
10:00 AM

Trinity United Methodist Church
108 Elizabeth Street
Cavalkier, ND 58220

Visitation on Tuesday, April 9th from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. with a 7:00 p.m. prayer service and Eastern Star service at the church.

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My thoughts and prayers are with you all. We were neighbors of your family on "Thompson Court" or "Shady Lane" many years ago. Good friends with your Mom and Dad. Sincerely, Beverly Page

Beverly Burt Page Apr 11 2019 12:00 AM

Kathy, so sorry to hear about your mother. Your dad and mine were both in Army Air Corp and married the love of their lives. Be at peace, it is hard losing your mother. Know your sisters are hear for you.

Linda scothorn Apr 10 2019 12:00 AM

My sympathies to the whole family. Maggie was such a gentle soul with a deep spirit. Great memories from 4H days as well as the great Chocolate Church. Blessings to all of you!

Arless Wiesenthal Matzek Apr 9 2019 12:00 AM

My sympathy to your entire family. No matter how old we are, it is never easy to lose our parents! Margaret was a very special lady. She was my 4-H leader for MANY years and was always SO patient, kind, & caring. I have such fond memories of her

Karen (Dietrich) Lee Apr 8 2019 12:00 AM

Our sympathy to John, and family for your loss. May your many memories give you comfort.

Tom & Rita Vaughn Apr 8 2019 12:00 AM

John and family, I was saddened to get the notice that Maggie had died. It was so good seeing the two of you at the Little Brown church's 125th celebration. I have only good memories of my time in Neche-Cavalier, and the part your Mom and Dad played in having those memories! Please convey my sympathies to the rest of your family. Genie Butler (Kistler, now)

Genie (Butler) Kistler Apr 8 2019 12:00 AM

I am deeply sorry for your loss. May God be your comfort.

Valorie Letkeman Apr 8 2019 12:00 AM

My deepest sympathies to the family and all of her friends. She is now, reunited with the love of her life in heaven and that makes my heart happy. May her memory be eternally blessed.

Lisa Tetrault Sonterre Apr 8 2019 12:00 AM

Our sympathy to all of you on the loss of your Mother. I always enjoyed my visits with both Margaret and Jack. They were beautiful people. Eternal rest grant unto them O Lord and let perpetual light shine upon them. May their souls and all the souls of the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Mary Lou and Jim Sott

Jim & Mary Lou Sott Apr 7 2019 12:00 AM

May the God and Father of our Lord Christ Jesus comfort you during this grievous time. My deepest condolences to the family. Psalm 23. Mrs. Hillis will be dearly missed.

Sharon Allen Apr 7 2019 12:00 AM

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