Elizabeth “Betty” May Hillman, 98, of Fergus FallsPublished 3:57am Thursday, April 11, 2013 Updated 6:00am Thursday, April 11, 2013
She was born May 1, 1914, in Duluth, the daughter of Thomas and Emma (Goodhue) Polkinghorn. She grew up in Proctor, and after her parents death, she and her brother were raised by their aunt and uncle, Edgar and Rose Conliff.
She graduated from Proctor High School in 1931, and then attended Duluth State Teacher’s College. She graduated with a degree in education in 1935, and taught school in Cambridge.
On June 17, 1938, she married Warren F. Hillman. They lived in Two Harbors until 1947, when they moved to Pelican Rapids.
In 1954 they moved to Pine City, and owned a Coast To Coast hardware store for 32 years. She moved to Fergus Falls in 1978 following the death of her husband on Nov. 17, 1977.
Betty was a member of the Eastern Star, Past Matrons, Shrine Auxiliary, Federated Church, and a volunteer at Lake Region Hospital for 25 years.
Preceding her in death were her parents; her husband; a brother, Henry Polkinghorn; and a grandson, Scott Pocta.
Survivors include her two daughters, Carol (Duane) Pocta of Underwood, and Nancy (Sheldon) Weeks of Clearwater; four grandchildren, Stacy (Neal) Oberg, Christopher (Krista) Pocta, Brian (Kelly) Weeks, and Shawn Weeks; and six great-grandchildren, Brett, Cassie, Brooklyn, Sidney, Benjamin and Tyler.
Memorials are preferred to St. Jude Children’s Hospital.
Memorial Service: 11 a.m. Monday, at PioneerCare’s Celebration Center, Fergus Falls
Clergy: Chaplain Harry Olson and Rev. Douglas Dent
Burial: Forest Hills Cemetery, Duluth, at a later date.
Funeral Home: Olson Funeral Home, Fergus Falls