Hope Elaine Hill, age 52, of Lawrenceville passed away January 23, 2016. Hope was a teacher with Gwinnett County Public Schools for many years and taught kindergarten at McKendree Elementary School for 16 years. She graduated from SW Dekalb High School in 1981 and received a Master's Degree in Early Childhood Education from Walden University. Hope was a member of Heritage Hills Baptist Church in Decatur and very active with Relay for Life of Georgia. She coordinated and participated for many years with walks and Tri-State Trek bike rides for ALS of Georgia. Hope was an avid GA Tech and Country Music fan. Her favorite band was Little Big Town. She has traveled all over Europe and loved taking pictures; some of her favorite adventures were Paris, Monte Carlo, and Alaska. When she was home she loved planting flowers in her garden. She was preceded in death by her father, Curtis Hill and is survived by her mother, Dorothy R. Hill of Stone Mountain, GA, formerly of Lawrenceville. A graveside service will be held Wednesday, January 27, 2016 at Prospect UMC Cemetery. Dr. Lamar Holley will officiate. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to Relay for Life or ALS of Georgia. The family will receive friends Tuesday evening from 6:00 until 8:00 O'clock at Wages & Sons Gwinnett Chapel 1031 Lawrenceville Hwy., Lawrenceville, GA. (770)277-4550. Online condolences may be viewed or expressed at www.wagesandsons.com.

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  1. May the God of all comfort strengthen the family during this time of deep sorrow. Those who pass on, God keeps in his memory because they are precious in his eyes. My sincerest condolences.
    (1 Cor. 1:3,4)

  2. We would like to extend our condolences and sympathy for Mrs. Dorothy Hill and the family of Ms. Hope Hill. Ms. Hill taught our youngest son (Christopher) her first year at McKendree Elementary and it was then that we knew Angels exist on Earth. We enjoyed her intelligent mind, patience, kindness, willingness to help others and soft spoken voice so that we requested her to teach our daughters as well. We were fortunate to be graced with her presence again when she taught Morgan 4 years ago. She will be truly missed as GOD certainly shared one of his special Angels with us here on Earth. May God Bless the Hill family in their time of sorrow.

  3. I was saddened to hear of Ms Hill’s passing. She taught both of my girls in Kindergarten, and we loved her dearly. Even when we moved back to Baltimore we kept in contact. She will be truly missed! My condolances to her mother and family-<3

  4. Ms. Hill will be missed by the McKendree Elementary family and our family. She made such an impact on our daughter and was loved by all of the students she taught. Our thoughts and prayers are with her mother during this time.

  5. Ms. Hill was my daughter Madilyn’s teacher this year. Madilyn loved Ms. Hill so much. During the course of the year even during Ms. Hills absence she would let all of the parents know that she missed the kids. Ms. Hill and I communicated using an app for the school. The last text to me using the app was on 12/16/2015. We were discussing moving forward with the Winter Party. My text read,” I hope all is well with you. We are working with the sub and are still moving forward with the Winter Party on Friday! 🙂 ” Ms. Hill’s response, ” Thanks so much! I sure wish I could be there. I miss the kids like crazy!” She was a person I could tell was born to teach. She was so comforting and helpful. Always encouraged my daughter to try her best. She will be missed. My deepest condolences to her family.

  6. Hope’s love for God, her family, students, friends and anyone she came in contact with, are evident in the many posts we read about her in social media and here on this website. She was my teammate at a time when we thought playing soccer was the greatest thing in the world. It was a privilege to be coached by her dad and great honor to be her teammate. I am most grateful for Hope’s influence on the many students she had throughout her teaching career and feel sure she wrote a very positive message on the slate of each of their lives. May she rest in peace in a heavenly place.

  7. I had the privilege to have Ms. Hill teach two of my boys (Ryan & Ethan Gomez) She was an awesome teacher and such a sweet person inside and out. My boys loved her… And I was saddened by the news of her passing. The last time we spoke as I stopped to say “Hello” to her during a last parent teacher conference meeting day in Mckendree. We both were looking forward to her hopefully having my 3rd son in her kindergarten class for next year… Wow… She will truly be missed by many!
    As my boys both said yesterday “She was the greatest kindergarten teacher we ever had”!!! And I truly concur…

    My condolences to her family and may God shed His surpassing peace within your grieving hearts at this time.
    May God Bless You all…..

  8. Ms. Hill taught my oldest daughter in Kindergarten – she is now a senior and had hoped to invite Ms. Hill to her graduation. We were all so fond of Ms. Hill. She was one of the most patient and kind teachers any of my children ever had and she will be terribly missed. For the past 13 years every time I walked into McKendree I knew I could count on a smile and a hello from her! My condolences to both her family and her school family/students.

  9. Hope and I were childhood friends — laughing during recess as we played with a group under a giant oak at Wesley Chapel Elementary. Though we lost touch for a long stretch after high school, we reconnected on Facebook several years ago, where I was again drawn to her love of life, God, and music and her passion to serve others. I was deeply touched by her commitment to raise awareness about ALS and to carry on her Dad’s legacy — and will never forget her stunning 2014 Ice Bucket Challenge when she took repeated ice baths after naming personal friends and announcing, “This bucket is for you!” Amazing. My heart is broken at Hope’s sudden passing. Praying for Dot and all in Hope’s inner circle.

  10. The Auchter family is very sorry to hear about the death of “Coach” Hope. Allison played soccer under Hope’s guidance and we all just loved her. We also remember Hope’s parents coming to cheer her (us) on every game. Allison went on to play Top Hat, ODP and received a soccer scholarship to UAB and it was due to great coaches like Hope. She was a wonderful person and will surely be missed.

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