BATAVIA - Keith Ella Olga Hill Johnson, 99, entered into eternal life on Friday, Oct. 1, 2010, at United Memorial Medical Center, Batavia. She was born June 29, 1911, in Buffalo, New York, the seventh child of William & Cassie Groh Hill.
She was a graduate of Buffalo’s Lafayette High School and The University of Buffalo, where she received her bachelor’s degree in English. While at the university, she was a member of Sigma Kappa Sorority and Mortar Board Honor Society. She also attended the master’s degree program at the Breadloaf School of English at Middlebury College, Middlebury, Vermont.
She was an English teacher in Pike, East Pembroke and Clarence, New York, prior to her marriage to Dr. David Barent Johnson, of Batavia, on November 9, 1940. He predeceased her in 2002.
Mrs. Johnson was a member of the First Presbyterian Church, and with her husband, taught several adult Bible studies. She was also a member and past President of the Genesee County Medical Auxiliary, a 50 year member and Past President of Wednesday Study Club, Conversation Class, Genesee Memorial Hospital Guild and Salvation Army Advisory Board. She performed with early Batavia Players and Rotary Shows. Her hobbies included weaving, writing poetry and inspirational music.
She is survived by three daughters: Corinne (Don) Iwanicki of Batavia, Juliet (Dean) Arnold of State College, Pennsylvania, and Heather (James) Kimbriel of Batavia; also seven grandchildren: Scott (Elvia) Iwanicki of Tucson, Arizona; Heather (Mitchell) Clark of Broadbeach, Australia; Hugh (Yong Ping) Iwanicki, of Annandale, Virginia; LT. Lara Myers of Jacksonville, Florida; Tamara (James) Schulz of Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania; Andrea Kimbriel of Amherst; David Kimbriel of Batavia; and a step-granddaughter, Margaret (Mark) Higgins, of State College, Pennsylvania. Also surviving are six great-grandchildren, three step-great grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews. A step-grandson David Arnold predeceased her.
She is survived by her sister, Esther (Mrs. George) Young of Batavia. She was a sister of the late Dr. Ernest Hill, Dr. William Oakley Hill, Norwood M. Hill, Cassie Hill Lawton, and Dr. Joseph M. Hill.
Friends may call from 7 to 9 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 7, at H.E. Turner & Co. Funeral Home, 403 East Main Street, Batavia, New York. A funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, Oct. 8, at the First Presbyterian Church, 300 East Main Street, Batavia. Memorials may be made to the First Presbyterian Church or United Memorial Medical Center, 127 North St., Batavia NY 14020. Condolences may be made at www.bataviafuneralhomes.com