Amelyn Iona (Johnson) Hill was born on February 22, 1930 in Mulgrave, St. Elizabeth, Jamaica, West Indies to Myrtella Wright and Daniel Christopher Johnston. She grew up and went to school and church in St. Elizabeth with her many cousins, the Tenants and the Jones. She was a gifted seamstress and used her talents to make beautiful clothes for her children and sometimes would sell her precious garments to others.
She knew and loved the Lord at an early age and would often reminisce about the church she attended as a child. She regularly sang hymns from the Church of England Hymn Book that she kept close to her bedside.
She met and later married Rennie Augustus Hill (who went on to be with the Lord on August 19, 2000) She raised 13 children: 8 boys and 5 girls, who went on to have many children of their own- resulting in many grandchildren, great grandchildren and great, great grandchildren.
She loved her family and they were her pride and joy. She taught them to love the Lord, to love others as we love ourselves and to have a servant's heart.
She would often remind her children to never forget the good others have done for them. She never used an unkind word about anyone. She lived a life full of love, kindness and service to others and never asked, expected, or accepted anything in return.
Amelyn lived her life as exemplified by the capable wife in Proverbs 31:10–31 which is paraphrase in a few verses below:
"How hard it is to find a capable wife! She is worth far more than jewels! Her husband puts his confidence in her and he will never be poor. As long as she lives, she does him good and never harm. She keeps herself busy, she makes clothes and sells them. She wakes up early to prepare meals for her family. She is generous to the poor and needy. She speaks with a gentle wisdom and is never afraid of the future."
Throughout her life, she was a blessing to all she came in contact with. People who visited the Hill home always talked about her kind, gentle and caring ways... and the delicious meals she prepared. Often times, you would hear neighbors, friends and visitors express how much they enjoyed her flavorful meals--- they even asked for recipes and cooking lessons!
Her proverbial home had a revolving door for family, friends and strangers alike. All were welcome at any time. The home was inviting to family from England, Canada, America and Jamaica. Because of her warm welcome, we have adopted many uncles, aunts and cousins over the years. Although there were many children already living in the home, there was always room for one more.
In essence, she lived a selfless life AND for such a life lives, we CELEBRATE you. Your legacy and your memories remain here on earth, as the Angels CELEBRATE your home-coming.
Amelyn, you will be sadly missed and never forgotten. You left an imprint upon the hearts of all those who met and knew you. She was a God fearing woman who loved the Lord with all her heart.
One of her favorite Bible scriptures is Proverbs 3:5-6 "Trust in the Lord with your whole heart, lean not unto your own understanding and in all your ways acknowledge Him and He will direct your path."