View Original Notice → Rena Mae Hill
Rena Mae Hill, a long time Polk County resident, died August 29 at the age of 98 and the world lost a beautiful soul. She was born in Clay County, Alabama and moved to Haines City with her family in 1939. She was predeceased in 1999 by her husband of 60 years, L.W. Hill and in 2013 by her oldest granddaughter, Angie Snow. She is survived by two children – Trellis Poe and Wayne Hill (Peggy); a grandson – Scott Poe (Pam) and a granddaughter – Marla Dufek (Andy), three great-grandchildren – Sarah Jones, Alex Pie, and David Jones Jr. as well as her sister, Ruby Rogers.
Although she occasionally took jobs outside the home when her children were older, her primary focus was always her family. She was very proud of her children’s accomplishments, loved her grandchildren to a fault, and doted on the great grandchildren who loved her with abandon. The National Reptile Breeders Expo (owned and operated by her son) was an exciting event for her. Until she was no longer mobile, she was an active member of his staff and enjoyed friendships with participants from all over the world.
She and her husband enjoyed 20 years in their retirement home on Lake Lowry and she lived there until her death. Her favorite time of day was morning when she could look at the lake and comment on its beauty.
In her later years she was blessed with friends from Pennsylvania as close and attentive neighbors and was lovingly cared for by her caregiver, Mary Gary, who was ably assisted by her daughter Ashley Burden.
Funeral services will be 3:00 PM Saturday, September 1, 2018 at Oak Ridge Funeral Care in Winter Haven. Interment will be at Lakeside Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers the family requests that donations be made in her name to Cornerstone Hospice; 2590 Havendale Boulevard NW; Winter Haven 33881. Condolences to the family can be made to: www.oakridgefuneralcare.com.