Frances was born on March 30, 1925 to George Washington Armstrong, Sr. and Margaret Johnson of Bremo
Bluff, Virginia. She was the oldest child. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Benjamin F. Hill,
Sr., daughter Freda Ross, son Raymond Armstrong; great grandchildren: Tiara Ross, Shontai Bowles, and
Jaden Hill; great-great grandchildren K’Nya and K’Mya Ross; brothers: Robert Lee Armstrong, Nathan
Armstrong, Carlton “Pete” Armstrong, Clarence “Jimmy” Armstrong, and Curtis Armstrong; sister: Lelia
In May of 1947, Frances married Benjamin Franklin Hill and from that union eleven children were born. In
March 2018, they celebrated their 70th anniversary with family and friends.
As a homemaker “aka” stay-at-home Mom, Frances raised her children to ensure they were well-cared for.
After all the children were adults and on their own, she decided that maybe it wasn’t too late for her to get a
job. With some encouragement from Ms. Mozelle Booker, who helped her with the employment process, she
was on her way to becoming a “Teacher’s Aide” with Fluvanna County Public Schools. She assisted teachers
with students with special needs, in the classrooms and on the bus. She loved it! She also was afforded the
opportunity to assist the Librarian at Central Elementary School by reading to the children a couple days a
week. She loved it! She was affectionately known as Grandma to all of them who wanted her to be just that,
Frances was a faithful member of the West Bottom Baptist Church. She loved good gospel hymns. She would
listen to her gospel music on the radio or listening to Gospel Network channel on television; singing along and
praising the Lord at any time.
Known facts about Frances: never learned to ride a bicycle or drive a car; she spoke pig latin fluently, an avid
player of chinese checkers and winning most of the time; Find A Word/Word Searches was definitely a
favorite past-time, crafts such as wreath-making with fabric strips and plastic sandwich bags; favorite foods
were wing dings, cabbage, and sweet tea; very loveable and accepted all people as family. She loved the
Frances faithfully attended the senior’s center several days a week until it reduced to one day and she still
continued going. Meeting with her extended senior family was a special and enjoyable experience for her. She
was very active and did not like just sitting around talking, she would be involved with games, singing,
exercising, whatever activities that was presented, she would participate in it.
Memories of Frances will be cherished by: her children, Benjamin “Junie” Hill, Jr., Ceicel Hill, Wallace Hill,
Roscoe Hill, Keith Hill, Melvin Hill, Priscilla Holman (Michael), Althea Mayo (Curtis), Ada “Marie” Bryant; 29
grandchildren, 50+ great-grandchildren 30+ great-great grandchildren; one brother George W. Armstrong, Jr.;
one sister Patricia Armstrong; four sisters-in-law Christine Armstrong, Bertha Johnson, Audrey Hill, Florence
Palmer; numerous relatives, extended friends and families.
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