ARIZONA — Mary Elizabeth “Mary Beth” Hill was remembered recently when two of her three daughters came to Long Beach Peninsula for a private memorial for their late mother. Mary Beth was born in Arkansas on November 19, 1934 and passed away in Yuma, Arizona on August 15, 2018 at the age of 83.
Mary Beth moved to the Long Beach Peninsula in the late ‘70s from Tacoma, Washington where she had raised her daughters. Mary Beth owned and operated the South Winds in Ocean Park.
In 1983 Mary Beth married Stanley Hill, owner of Stan’s Chevron and the City Center Motel and Apartments, which was at the site of the current Scooper’s Market at the main beach approach in Long Beach.
The two were very active members of the communities of the Peninsula. Mary Beth was member and/or officer of the Long Beach and the Ilwaco Merchants Associations, the Ocean Park Chamber of Commerce, Ilwaco-Long Beach Kiwanis Club, Peninsula and South Pacific County Visitors and Convention Bureau, and the Pacific County Human Services advisory board. After the loss of Stan’s son, Jay who was a victim of a drunk driver, Mary Beth became active in the Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD). Both Mary Beth and Stan were members of St. John’s Lutheran Church. Before retiring, Mary Beth worked at the Megler Visitor Center. Stan and Mary Beth retired first to Menlo, then to Arizona.
Mary Beth was preceded in death by her husband, Stan; stepson, Jay; and brother-in-law, Jim. She is survived by daughters, Deborah Wilbur (Louie) of Yuma, Ariz., Susan Dishongh-Saroyon (Scott) of Oceanside, Calif., and Terry of Vancouver, Wash.; stepdaughter, Kristin Hill of Las Vegas, Nev., and stepson, Kenneth Hill of Fort Lauderdale, Fla.; six grandchildren, three great-grandchildren, brother-in-law John Hill (Debbie) of Shelton; and several nephews and nieces.
Donations in her name to a charity of your choice are requested.