Camille Hill Obituary (2023) – Elizabethtown, KY

Camille Crunelle Hill was made of music. Plain and simple. She passed away Saturday, July 29, 2023, surrounded by her daughters, Anne Armstrong and Yvonne Rekeny.

She was a consummate educator who brought music with her wherever she was. As the daughter of two talented artists, Leonard Crunelle and Helen Doft Crunelle, she left a trail of beauty in her wake.

She spent her early years growing up at the Institute of Art in Chicago, where she enjoyed playing on the roof and sitting quietly at the feet of artists including Gertrude Stein. She began playing the piano and violin at the age of 4. One of her most treasured possessions was her piano, which was rumored to have been saved from an FBI raid on the home of mobster, Al Capone, by her aunt Lucille Hanson.

Though her piano was a treasure, her greatest treasures were her 10 grandchildren, Ben, Drew, Sam, Zach, Ella, Will and Emme Mallon, Karsyn and Bodie Rekeny and Atticus Armstrong. She adored them each and was the world’s best letter writer.

She began her career as an educator at Lindsey Wilson College after graduation from Northwestern University, and transferred to Elizabethtown Community and Technical College with her husband, J Robert Hill, to fill the position of professor of music in 1966.

She instructed the choristers at ECTC until 2014 and attended every performance until her retirement at age 83. She received a Lifetime Achievement Award from ECTC for her devoted service. She directed the adult and children’s choirs at First Presbyterian Church. She was fundamental in bringing Lively Arts to the families of Elizabethtown. She taught piano to many of their friends and neighbors. She chaired Very Special Arts Program as well and supporting the Foreign Language Festival at ECTC. She pursued a fourth degree in order to teach French when asked. She refused to use ice in her drinks because she (not-so) secretly wanted to live in France. She received a Fulbright Scholarship to the Sorbonne in Paris to complete her Doctorate of Music at the University of Louisville.

The legacy she leaves is more than one of music and is, instead, a life of service. She remains the most selfless person we have ever known, coming to the aid of countless friends and animals, adopting strays, polar bears and children from third world countries.

She will remain a joyful song in the hearts of everyone who knew her.

A celebration of her life is at 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 9, at Brown Funeral Home in Elizabethtown.

Visitation is from 1 to 3 p.m. the same day at the funeral home.

Condolences may be expressed online at brownfuneral.com.

Published by The News-Enterprise from Sep. 2 to Sep. 9, 2023.

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