Martha Presnall Hill

Profile Updated: January 18, 2020
Residing In: Spring, TX USA
Occupation: Retired from TWFD in 2017
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 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. 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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Jan 24, 2020 at 8:27 PM

Julie, so glad to see you have joined the website. Remember you well. Are you still in the Houston area or elsewhere? I’m up in Spring/Woodlands area off 45. Been up here since ‘74. Getting too busy for me, though. Hope you are well. Love to hear from you. Will check fb for you, too.

Jan 24, 2020 at 8:20 PM

Becky, remember you fondly. Think we had classes together fairly often, probably home room, too. I live in the Spring area and retired in mid ‘17. Was impressed by 11 grand children. You are very fortunate. I go to church up here and love our group. Small church family and several besties, 6 dogs now and tons of potted plants and two acres keep me hopping.

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Jan 19, 2020 at 6:18 PM

A belated Happy Birthday, Clara. I was in S A in October to see Jeanne Robertson at Tobin. You should check her out on YouTube. What a riot. Humorist. Tells stories about friends and family. Too funny.

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Butch, hope you’re having a grand Happy Birthday today. Make it great. Enjoy.

Jan 19, 2020 at 6:08 PM

Arlene, a belated Happy Birthday to you, my dear. Pray it was a good one.

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Jan 14, 2020 at 7:42 PM

Debbie, hope you’ve had a blessed Happy Birthday today. I remember you from school. Beautiful. Bet you still are. How did your house in Sargent turn out?. Do you do any fishing?

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Posted on: Jan 14, 2020 at 7:39 PM

Judy, pray you’ve had a wonderful blessed Happy Birthday today. I remember that face from school. So sweet.

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Jan 13, 2020 at 9:22 AM

Sandee, I’m very impressed with y’all’s dancing. Do y’all have any videos? Would love to see. Y’all look wonderful. Live it up. Enjoy.

Jan 13, 2020 at 9:16 AM

Sylvia, have you been on any more big trips? Hope you will have a blessed Happy Birthday today. Enjoy with family and friends.

Jan 13, 2020 at 9:11 AM

Kathleen, pray you have a blessed Happy Birthday today. Would love to see new pics of your grands. Enjoy your day.

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Jan 10, 2020 at 4:32 PM

GEORGE, hope you’re having a blessed Happy Birthday. Pray nothing bad happens with this strong front coming in tonight. Enjoy.

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Jan 06, 2020 at 6:14 PM

A Very Happy Birthday, Larry. Have a great day.

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Dec 30, 2019 at 2:18 PM

Russell, hope you have an amazing blessed Happy Birthday today.

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Dec 14, 2019 at 5:11 PM

Milton, pray you will enjoy your Birthday tomorrow. I used to be a Fire Inspector on new construction for The Woodlands F D. Worked with many contractors before. Live in Spring area, also. Off 45 and Sawdust. We should plan a Spring/Woodlands mini reunion, there are a lot of us in the area. Have a great day tomorrow.

Dec 14, 2019 at 5:04 PM

Hope you’re having a wonderful, blessed Happy Birthday, Ann. Enjoy your day.

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Dec 18, 2019 at 8:52 AM

Posted on: Dec 14, 2019 at 5:02 PM

Oh, honey, meant to wish you a Very Happy Birthday yesterday. A day late and a dollar short. Ha ha. Pray it was a great day.

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Dec 12, 2019 at 8:16 AM

A Very Happy Birthday, Jimmy. Have a great day.

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