Martha Presnall Hill

Profile Updated: June 11, 2020
Residing In: Spring, TX USA
Spouse/Partner: Mark Hill, divorced 1980, came back in 2007 for health care, passed in 2013
Occupation: Retired from TWFD in 2017
Children: no children, many dogs through the years

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 8 years. By then we had moved to south Montgomery County. I've been out in The Woodlands/Spring 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. In 2010 Mark had a major stroke and had to go into nursing care. In 2013, just a month shy of his 65th bd I brought him home to go to his Heavenly Father. 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 who was 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 there nearly 40 years later. I was fortunate to live close to where I worked 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. Well that didn’t happen. Worked till I was 68 and didn’t want to retire after all. Hoping to move to somewhere in the hill country. Since I was not blessed with children, I have always had dogs in my life. One time as many as six, but, now only 4. Change that to six again. One being a huge white Shepherd. The other two not nearly so big. A Rat Terrier and a Dachshund mix. They keep me happy. In 2017 my back decided I needed to retire in my 39th year with The Woodlands. I was not ready to retire and it has been a huge learning curve for me. The spring before I retired, God got me interested in roses and hydrangeas. Since I planned to be moving before now, I planted everything in pots. Then through different circumstances I acquired 3 more dogs. A Dorky(dachshund/yorky mix), an American bull terrier and a pointer/terrier mix. Back up to six, again. I also acquired a second cousin, who is mentally challenged(15 year old brain) after his divorce and planning to ‘live’ under a bridge. He helps with the property and works as a dishwasher at a local restaurant in the evenings. Quite the menagerie. Ha. Life is strange. You never know what to expect. Just be flexible and God will do the rest.

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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Sep 23, 2020 at 12:05 PM

Have a Very Happy Birthday today, Debbie.

Sep 20, 2020 at 7:03 AM

A belated Happy Birthday, Toby. Pray it was a blessed day.

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Sep 21, 2020 at 3:11 PM

Posted on: Sep 20, 2020 at 6:48 AM

Pat, wishing you a blessed Happy Birthday tomorrow. Have a great day.

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Posted on: Sep 20, 2020 at 6:46 AM

A Very Happy Birthday, Steven. Enjoy your day.

Sep 20, 2020 at 6:45 AM

A Very Happy Birthday, Ronnie. Enjoy your day.

Sep 04, 2020 at 3:48 PM

Pray you’re having a wonderful blessed Happy Birthday today, Susan. Enjoy your day.

Aug 21, 2020 at 2:45 PM

Another wish for a Happy Birthday, Sandra. Hope it was a good one.

Aug 19, 2020 at 12:35 PM

Hope you’re having a wonderful blessed Happy Birthday today, Charlie. Enjoy. Congratulations on retiring from HPD. Love my guys in blue. I had a 39 year career with The Woodlands FD. Appreciate you.

Aug 19, 2020 at 12:32 PM

Steve, pray you’re having a wonderful blessed Happy Birthday today. Enjoy your day.

Aug 19, 2020 at 12:31 PM

Bill, pray you’re having a wonderful blessed Happy Birthday today. Enjoy your day.

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Posted on: Aug 19, 2020 at 12:29 PM

Wishing you a wonderful blessed Happy Birthday today, Kathleen. Have a great day.

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Aug 12, 2020 at 10:03 PM

Posted on: Aug 12, 2020 at 3:42 PM

My beautiful wife on elegant night onboard the ship.
Aug 12, 2020 at 12:29 PM

Lyn, remember you fondly. Hope you are having a wonderful blessed Happy Birthday today.

Jul 31, 2020 at 4:02 PM

Hope you’re having a wonderful blessed Happy Birthday, Judy. Enjoy.

Jul 27, 2020 at 6:45 PM

Have a Blessed Happy Birthday today, Judy.

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Jul 24, 2020 at 11:11 AM

Robert, pray you have a blessed Happy Birthday today. Enjoy your day. I remember you from school. I was shy too. It’s ok. We all mature at a different rate. I came out of my shell when I worked for the fire dept in the Woodlands and taught elementary kids about fire safety. When you learn to talk to kids and men, it just gets easier.

Jul 24, 2020 at 11:03 AM

Pam, wishing you a blessed Happy Birthday today. Have a wonderful day.

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Jul 17, 2020 at 1:16 AM

Pat, here’s hoping you have an amazing blessed Happy Birthday tomorrow. Have a great day. You look amazing.

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