Whether it is teaching children the joys of music or volunteering with civic organizations, Gail Hill truly demonstrates a passion for serving others and her local community.
A native of Van Zandt County, Ms. Hill is no stranger to Canton or the surrounding areas. She is a graduate of Grand Saline High School and attended Baylor University for two years before transferring to The University of Texas at Austin to finish her bachelor’s degree. During her college years, Ms. Hill met and married Dr. Richard Hill. The couple enjoyed nearly 50 years of marriage before Richard’s passing in 2007. Ms. Hill is the proud mother of four children, Stephen, John, Lynn, and Karen, and seven grandchildren.
During the early years of their marriage, the family traveled the United States as Richard was earning his doctorate degree. The couple finally settled down and returned to Grand Saline, where Ms. Hill began teaching private music lessons and serving as the music director for the First United Methodist Church (FUMC), a role she filled for more than 25 years. Ms. Hill now owns and operates the Van Zandt County Abstract and Title Company located in Canton.
In addition to teaching music and running her business, Ms. Hill also expresses a never ending love for volunteering. She is a member of the Lions Club and previously served as the secretary for the organization. Each week, she leads the patriotic song and also operates the vision screening machine for the organization. Ms. Hill is excited about assisting with the Lions Club Golf Tournament that is coming up on May 8 at the Van Zandt Country Club in Canton. The event has been around for more than 20 years and is the Club’s only fundraiser.
She is also involved in the Athena Club, the Canton Chamber of Commerce, and spends much of her time as a Court Appointed Special Advocate volunteer. Ms. Hill also volunteers with the FUMC’s Breaking Bread Food Bank.
Her philosophy on volunteerism is, “We just have to make it better for the future generations.”
Ms. Hill is truly making a difference in our community through her kind personality and giving spirit. She is always eager to lend a helping hand and enjoys getting to know the people of Canton.