[NFB-NM] Celebration of Arlene Hill

Tonia Trapp tltrapp.7.467 at gmail.com
Thu Nov 16 02:56:02 UTC 2017



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The family of Arlene Hill would like to invite you to attend the Memorial
Service celebrating her life.  The service will be broadcasted on YouTube
at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LfFycTIHaMs
&feature=youtu.be .  The Service will start at 2:00pm Central Time on
Wednesday November 15th.  If you would like to share thoughts with the
family and each other, you can tweet and post to Facebook using the hashtag
#love4arlene.  Come help us celebrate the life of this AWESOME, STRONG, and
WISE woman!

Thank you,

Jeremiah Beasley jbeasley at jb11.net


The obituary follows:


Born March 25, 1943 in Knoxville, Iowa, Arlene Hill passed away peacefully
after battling cancer on November 13 at her home in Ruston surrounded by her


Arlene is survived by her children:  Andrea Beasley and husband, Jeremiah,
of Dublin, CA; Eric Gashel and wife, Miranda, of Frisco, TX; and Valerie
Costanza and husband, Sam, of Ruston, LA; grandchildren:

Katrina, Kyle, Kole, and Kinsey Beasley; Camden and Ansley Gashel; Amelia,
Thomas, and Nola Costanza; 

sister, Donna Smith and husband, Roger, of Sibley, LA.


Arlene and her three children moved to Ruston in 1987 when she began
teaching Cane Travel at the Louisiana Center for the Blind.  For three
decades, Arlene taught hundreds of students the skills needed to travel
wherever they needed, whenever they wanted, in all types of environments.
Regardless of weather conditions, she was always out on the streets with her
students helping them conquer their fears and gain the confidence they
needed to be independent and successful.  For the past three years, Arlene
taught Home Management.  The kitchen was always a lively place full of
learning, laughter, and life lessons.  She was a cherished mentor, role
model, and friend!  She was always ready to listen, and many sought her
counsel.  She was known by all for her quick wit, loyalty to her beliefs,
and “no nonsense” approach to life.


Family, faith, and hard work were Arlene’s priorities.  There was nothing of
which she was more proud and thankful for than her three children and nine
grandchildren.  Whether going to dance recitals, baseball games, pep
rallies, gymnastics events, or babysitting, Arlene was always there.  She
also shared her wisdom with many blind parents who sought her advice on


Arlene was a member of Trinity United Methodist Church and an active member
of the choir, something which brought her much joy!  She served in various
leadership capacities in the National Federation of the Blind and always
found ways to give back and teach others to serve through example!  Arlene
enjoyed reading, knitting, coffee, making her famous crockpot candy,
shopping, and learning about the latest fashion and makeup trends.


Arlene shared her positive philosophy about blindness and her faith with
everyone she met through her words and actions!  The following quote
exemplifies her approach:  “If I had a choice, I would still choose to
remain blind 
 for when I die, the first face I will ever see will be the
face of my Blessed Savior.” – Fanny Crosby


Her legacy will live on through all those who loved her.


A memorial service will be held on Wednesday, November 15, 2017 at 2:00 PM
at Trinity United Methodist Church in Ruston under the direction of
Kilpatrick Funeral Home.  Rev. Jerry Hilbun will officiate.  A reception
will follow.  In lieu of flowers, planned memorials may be made to LA Center
for the Blind, 101 S. Trenton Street, Ruston, LA 71270,


Online condolences may be made to the family at
www.kilpatrickfuneralhomes.com .



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