Martha Presnall Hill

Profile Updated: February 26, 2014
Residing In: Spring, TX USA
Occupation: Fire Prevention Officer/Fire Inspector
Children: no children
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I went to Blinn Jr Coll for a semester before getting out into the work force and getting married. Married in 1968 to Mark Hill who I met in summer school the summer before my senior year. My first "real" job was working for a mail order life insurance company. After that I went to work for an Attorney who had an office in the Montrose area, before it had anything associated with the name. Then I went into the banking industry for about 4 years. By then we had moved to south Montgomery County. I've been out in The Woodlands area since 1974. Started working for The Woodlands Fire Dept. in 1978 and have been there ever since. Dispatched for one year, was a firefighter for 13 years and have been in Inspections for new construction and licensured facilities for 17 years. Also, did community education for about 10 years, before the dept spun off that position. Mark and I were married until 1980. I now act as his caregiver and have for 3 years. He is in poor health and has no remaining family nearby. When Mark and I moved up to south Montgomery County in 1974 he got involved with the local volunteer fire dept. where we lived. He went through EMT and Paramedic training and established the first MICU ambulance in south county. I followed in his footsteps a couple of years later getting my EMT and then my Paramedic certification. I started volunteering as well with the local fire dept. When I finally gave up commuting to Houston to work, Mark introduced me to the Fire Chief of The Woodlands Fire Dept. and I got hired as a swing shift dispatcher. I did that for about a year. At that time The Woodlands F D was preparing to host a recruit class for firefighters. I had expressed an interest in getting the training to become a better dispatcher, but, right before the class started we lost one employee as a firefighter, so, Chief asked me if I would like to try being a firefighter. I said I had nothing to lose and everything to gain. Who would have guessed I would still be here 35 + years later. I am fortunate to live close to where I work and to my church, the two things that mean the most to me. My younger brother Edwin, who went by his middle name, Wayne, in school graduated in '69/'70. I think he was the last class that graduated mid semester. Ed was in southern Wisconsin for 8 years, then moved to New Mexico for a year and now resides in Tennessee and is still in the dog training business and also has an internet business. My younger sister, Marilyn, now Jones, graduated in '76 and was in the Guard. She and her family live out toward Katy. We grew up at Garden Oaks Baptist Church and so many of our friends at church were also at school. I am going to try to hold out till next year to retire, hopefully when I turn 66. I am getting impatient, though, and cannot say if I will be able to, I have so many things I would rather be doing. Hoping to retire somewhere in the hill country. My sister and her husband and I would like to get a place together, just haven't figured out the logistics, yet. Since I was not blessed with children, I have always had dogs in my life. One time as many as six, but, now only 3. One being a huge white Shepherd with a little Great Dane in her. The other two not nearly so big. A Rat Terrier and a Dachshund mix. They keep me happy.

School Story:

During my 1st semester at Waltrip we still lived on W 32nd St right off Lawrence which was just a block E of Shepherd. My parents new we were moving into the Waltrip district and so had me transfered from Reagan to Waltrip before we actually moved. My most fond memory was of a friend I had who was a year ahead of me that first semester. Her name was Sharon Richardson. She had an old Corvair, I believe. She used to pick me up and take me home, so my Mom wouldn't have to. We used to have the best time together. She was taking me home from school one afternoon and as we were crossing Shepherd on 34th, she had been going just a little fast for the dip onto Shepherd and when we came back up on 34th the whole muffler came off the car. Well, then the car sounded like a hot rod, so we were roaring with laughter as the car was roaring all the way to my house. I can also remember for a short period of time being friends with Shelley and what a hoot she was. She had a great sense of humor. I met my best friend Andrea Outlaw at church, but, we were lucky enough to also go to school together. I can remember being on the pep squad and yelling until we were hoarse at football games.

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Elaina, I know I'm early, but, didn't want to miss the opportunity to wish you a very Happy Birthday. Hope you have a great day.

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Just a note & some pics to share what I've been busy with this spring.

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Sue Ann, how are you doing in retirement? I am crazily still working! Hope to see you at this coming big reunion.

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Posted on: Mar 06, 2017 at 1:02 PM

Well, I've been in a rose explosion this spring. Started when HEB put out their roses. Picked up 6 of the small ones. Next visit picked up 2 larger ones and one larger one in a peat pot. Now I've moved on to Jackson & Perkins roses. Don't even know how many I've ordered from them and a bunch of other plants from Wayside Gardens. NEED more pots. What have I done? I'm trying to create a place for them on the backside of the fireplace outside. Gets lots of sun. Don't know what I will do when it hits a hundred and I don't want to go out to water!!!! Need to set up some sort of drip system to take care of that, so, I can just run out, cut a few and run back in out of the heat. Do not tolerate our summers like I did when I was a kid. Ug I will add some pics when I get a chance..

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Deanna, hope you have an abundantly blessed and Happy Birthday.

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