Clara Lorain Hill
Clara Lorain Hill, age 89, of Sweetwater, passed away on Friday, Dec. 20, 2013 in Midland. Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. on Monday, Dec. 23, 2013, at Cate-Spencer & Trent Funeral Home Chapel with Dusty Lovell officiating. Graveside services will be held at 3 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 23, 2013, at Fairview Cemetery in Midland with Dusty Lovell officiating. Burial will follow. Arrangements are under the direction of Cate-Spencer & Trent Funeral Home. Lorain was born on April 19, 1924, in Runnels County, Texas to John W. and Clara (Ellis) Benton. She married Edgar Travis Hill on Aug. 8, 1939, in Lamesa, Texas. She worked for Sun Exploration for many years starting out as an engineering secretary and then as a materials manager. She retired from Oryx Energy and was the first female executive for that company. She was a longtime member of First Baptist Church and also she volunteered in the Hospital Auxiliary for 27 years. She is survived by her son, Johnny E. Hill of Sweetwater; two daughters, Jackie E. Stovall and husband Bobby and Sally Meurer and husband Pat, all of Midland; seven grandchildren, Louanna Hill-Petrie, Steven J. Hill and wife Robin, Bobby Stovall, Jr. and wife Stephanie, Travis Stovall and wife Shelley, Jim Ed Stovall and wife Shauna, Randy Meurer and wife Martha and Marty Meurer and wife Jennifer; 15 great-grandchildren, Daniel Stovall, Matthew Stovall, Jessica Stovall Ripley, Casey Hill, Haley Hill, Josh Stovall, Dodge Stovall, Amanda Petrie, Lindsay Petrie, Rachel Meurer, Cooper Meurer, Justin Meurer, Emilee Meurer, Jes Stovall and Sonny Stovall; and one great-great-grandchild, Maggie Ripley. She was preceded in death by her parents, John W. and Clara Benton; husband, Edgar Travis Hill; daughter-in-law, Barbara Hill; grandson-in-law, Daniel Riley; and eight brothers and sisters.Pallbearers will be Bobby L. Stovall, Jr., Louanna Hill-Petrie, Steven J. Hill, Randy Meurer, Travis Stovall, Marty Meurer and Jim Ed Stovall. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Rolling Plains Memorial Hospital Auxiliary, Attention: Ame Monroe, 200 East Arizona Avenue, Sweetwater, Texas 79556.