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“Having grown up at Westchester pool, I grew up knowing Sparky and her family. I looked up to Sparky, even when I wasn't sitting at the base of her...Read More »
1 of 59 | Posted by: Terrie McIntire Phillips - Kokomo, IN

“Sparky was the envy of so many of us growing up. She could outswim all of us and was just good at everything. She was one of my first friends when we...Read More »
2 of 59 | Posted by: Debbie Robideau Price - Granbury, TX

“Just returned from a trip to see that Gail had passed away. I had had the pleasure of working with her professionally for many years. In that time...Read More »
3 of 59 | Posted by: Julie Steck - Indianapolis, IN

“Lu and family - Please know you have my family's prayers and please don't hesitate to let us know if you need anything. Unfortunately "Sparky's"...Read More »
4 of 59 | Posted by: Kris Waymire - Lebanon, IN

“Mere words fail me. Shock, devastation, many memories. Thank you, Spark, for the 30 years you were my sister. Thank you for loving...Read More »
5 of 59 | Posted by: Sue Hill - Collierville, TN

“Dear Hill Family, We only met Sparky this spring at Libby and Jacob's wedding but we knew that our family had certainly hit the jackpot when it came...Read More »
6 of 59 | Posted by: Tony and Kris Meyer - Paris, TN

“We did not know Gail Hill very long as our son just started in the EC program at Cherry Tree last Spring. But we truly appreciated her kindness and...Read More »
7 of 59 | Posted by: jane gailey - IN

“I met Sparky 30+ years ago when we taught together at Brentwood Elementary in Plainfield. She was a great teacher and a good friend. We even went...Read More »
8 of 59 | Posted by: Judy Reed - Indianapolis, IN

“Sparky was my high school swim coach for 4 years. I remember her taking us on a tour of Ball State when our relay team went to state; she is why I...Read More »
9 of 59 | Posted by: Beckie Bennett - Plainfield, IN

“I would like to send condolences to Sparky's family and friends from the Bitts family. We remember her as friendly to us. ”
10 of 59 | Posted by: Pat Bitts Johnson - Terre Haute, IN

“Gail was a champion for all students. Her dedication and determination were an excellent model for today's youth. You made my youngest feel like she...Read More »
11 of 59 | Posted by: John Love - Carmel, IN

“Miss Hill, Thanks so much for caring for my daughter and helping for others to accept for the way she was. Thanks for knowing her in and out and...Read More »
12 of 59 | Posted by: LaTanya Schmidt - Carmel, IN

“Dear Family, I am thinking of all of you and know that my heart and prayers are with you. How I enjoyed all those Thanksgivings at Aunt Evelyn's! The...Read More »
13 of 59 | Posted by: Janet (McIntosh) Royer - IN

“Dear Sparky, What wonderful memories are flooding me--growing up, Thanksgiving, swim meets, playing cards, talks, debating noodles:), reunions, you...Read More »
14 of 59 | Posted by: Linda Mitchell-Powell - Carmel, IN

“You were a friend to everyone at Cherry Tree and we will really miss you. Cherry Tree won't be the same without you here to smile at us every day.We...Read More »
15 of 59 | Posted by: Andrew - carmel, IN - student

“Ms. Hill was one of the best people I ever had the pleasure of knowing. She gave me encouragement to do better and believe in myself and my abilities...Read More »
16 of 59 | Posted by: Christian Schinbeckler - carmel, IN

“Sparky is a true friend. We have been buddies for 30 years. She was always there, for me, my kids, my grandkids and all her school kiddos! Gail...Read More »
17 of 59 | Posted by: Barb Catanzarite - Indianapolis, IN

“Miss Hill was the first person we ever met at Cherry Tree Elementary and she became a lifeline for my children (Sarah, Christian & Rachael). We had...Read More »
18 of 59 | Posted by: Amy Schinbeckler - Carmel, IN

“Miss Hill was there for anyone who needed help. She was a big help to my older brother. Miss Hill had a warm kind heart. I miss her very much, but i...Read More »
19 of 59 | Posted by: Marisa - Carmel, IN

“We are so sorry for your loss. When we heard of Miss Hill's passing we reminisced of all the times she helped our sons when they were at CTE. Our...Read More »
20 of 59 | Posted by: The Sassman Family - Carmel, IN

“May your "spark" live on, Gail! You've left quite a legacy at Cherry Tree, and touched lives far beyond what you ever realized. We love and miss you. ”
21 of 59 | Posted by: Rachel Lima - Noblesville, IN

“I am saddened to hear this terrible news about my friend of 35 years. Sparky took me under her wing when I was a freshman at Ball State and taught me...Read More »
22 of 59 | Posted by: Julie Bradshaw - Avon, IN

God welcoming Gail to Heaven “Gail was a wonderful person and Counselor. She always went out of her way to help, say hello and words of encouragement. She always had an open...Read More »
23 of 59 | Posted by: Marilyn Twiehaus - Carmel, IN

“Dear Hill Family, Oh I remember Sparky all right! Sparky swam for a short time with the Dolphin Club swim team! We were in the same AAU age group and...Read More »
24 of 59 | Posted by: Janice Browdues - CO

“I learned so much from Sparky. I think the most important lesson was honesty. Always be honest even if it might get you in trouble. She would...Read More »
25 of 59 | Posted by: Karen Strandjord - ZIONSVILLE, IN

“Miss Hill will forever be a part of Cherry Tree Elementary. I know the years I spent volunteering at the school I don't think she spent a whole lot...Read More »
26 of 59 | Posted by: The Yount family - Carmel, IN

“i will never forget playing cards and laughing for hours on end as we kicked dad's butt!! I will miss your infectious laugh and watching you find...Read More »
27 of 59 | Posted by: Sarah hill - neice

“Gail "Sparky" was a great athlete in High School. She was always upbeat, playing jokes and she was one who could rally the team and laugh at her own...Read More »
28 of 59 | Posted by: Kris Roth - Sarasota, FL - friend

“I have known Sparky and her family for 40 years. She was a great person who always loved to teach kids and help others. Her younger days she loved to...Read More »
29 of 59 | Posted by: Bruce Jennings - Indpls, IN

“I am deeply saddened by the sudden loss of such a supportive and amazing person. Miss Hill was a backbone to myself at Cherrytree and to my girls...Read More »
30 of 59 | Posted by: Chandra Cowen

“When I first began on the WERC swim team Sparky was there. She was a phenomenal swimmer and athlete. She was my mentor and I looked up to her with...Read More »
31 of 59 | Posted by: Julie Rothberger - Friend

“My memories of Sparky are of endless hours spent at Westchester Pool. Sparky was a constant fixture and always willing to work with, talk to and...Read More »
32 of 59 | Posted by: Cindy Bowman McDaniel - IN

“To the Hill family, we are sadden by the loss of Sparky, our thoughts and prayers are with you and your families.. Love, Willy & Dana ”
33 of 59 | Posted by: Will & Dana Shoaf - Lizton, IN

“Hill Family I am very sorry for your loss! You are all in my prayers and thoughts! Lu - I know how important your sister is to you, I have always...Read More »
34 of 59 | Posted by: Kari Ottinger - Lebanon, IN

“Gail was a wonderful, warm and compassionate friend to both of our sons during their years at Cherry Tree. She will be sorely missed. God bless you...Read More »
35 of 59 | Posted by: The Calabro Family - Carmel, IN

“Sparky, you tried every year in Michigan to teach me how to properly play golf. Sadly our little once-a-year golfing group was sooo bad that we...Read More »
36 of 59 | Posted by: Cindy Pyle - Indianapolis, IN

“Ms. Hill and I first met 23 years ago when I was in second grade at Woodbrook Elementary. At the time, she was the person I opened up to when my...Read More »
37 of 59 | Posted by: Anonymous - Carmel, IN

“To the Hill Family, What fond memories I had growing up with you and your family at Westchester Pool. My hear goes out to you and may god be with...Read More »
38 of 59 | Posted by: laura keesee - indianapolis, IN

“My sister Donna Allison was Sparky's second Mom. Along with everyone who's lives she touched she will be missed by the Allison family. She is with...Read More »
39 of 59 | Posted by: Linda - Carmel

“Bless you, Sparky! You will be missed. Lots of fond memories. ”
40 of 59 | Posted by: Ronna - IN

“Sparky certainly touched many many lives! Best memories were of course at the pool! We spent all of our summers there, swimming, hanging...Read More »
41 of 59 | Posted by: Melody Dietz - Bonita Springs, FL

“I am sorry to learn of Gail Maries death. I watch Gail Marie grow up, the family would get together just about every weekend at grand mother & grand...Read More »
42 of 59 | Posted by: Barbara Rance - Jennings, FL

“My heart goes out to the Hill's family. My memories of Sparky was at the neighborhood pool. She was a fabulous swimmer who became an incredible...Read More »
43 of 59 | Posted by: Erin Keesee - Indianapolis, IN

“I was so, so sorry to hear about Gail's passing. I first met Gail in 1977 right out of college. Later in our career in education I worked with...Read More »
44 of 59 | Posted by: A friend

“Gail will be really missed! I was an intern in Counseling her first year with Carmel Clay schools. Then the next several years I worked with her one...Read More »
45 of 59 | Posted by: Mary Lou Curless - Carmel, IN

“I came to you I think once a week every week from 2nd to 4th grade to hear how to be helped in life. You helped me so much. I made so many nice...Read More »
46 of 59 | Posted by: Timmy Shea - MN - Student

“I am so very sad, and my heart goes out to the entire Hill family. Sparky touched the lives of many young students , and that will be her legacy. I...Read More »
47 of 59 | Posted by: Catherine Taylor - Carmel, IN

“Oh, Sparky, so many will miss you - talking and sparring with you, playing "99" and softball with you, enjoying your chicken on the grill at Barb's...Read More »
48 of 59 | Posted by: Laura Derrickson - Indianapolis, IN

“My Dear Hill Kids Please know my prayers are with you. So Sorry I can't be with you all at this time of sorrow. Love Patty ”
49 of 59 | Posted by: Patty Laney - Gibsonton, FL

“I worked with Gail in Franklin Township. She was true friend. She will be sadly missed by all. ”
50 of 59 | Posted by: Rick Callan - Greenwood, IN

“You were the bright light for us at Cherry Tree. All 3 of our kids remember you fondly. Everything has worked out just fine...just lie you said it...Read More »
51 of 59 | Posted by: Jill Bousamra - Carmel, IN

“We love you Aunt Sparky!! We will always remember "who loves you baby!" ”
52 of 59 | Posted by: Libby and Jacob Meyer

Lake Michigan 2011 “Sparky will be sadly missed by all her friends.She was our star pool volley ball player for thewomen's team. If it was euchre you would want her as...Read More »
53 of 59 | Posted by: Nettie Hughes - Indianapolis, IN

“Always enjoyed the Thankgiving holidays when the whole family came to Aunt Evelyn and Uncle Coys - and ofcoarse the family reunion. You will be...Read More »
54 of 59 | Posted by: Wanda McIntosh Hoffman - IN

“Miss Hill helped me get through a hard time with my friends. She told me everything was going to be ok and that i was going to middle school next...Read More »
55 of 59 | Posted by: Kelsie Thompson - Carmel, IN

“Even though I had not seen Sparky (Gail) in sometime I was deeply sadden by the loss of her. She was a beautiful person and I am sure she is with...Read More »
56 of 59 | Posted by: Dee Haag - Blue Mounds, WI

“My most vivid memories of Sparky are of her sitting in a chair on Lu and Joan's deck just kicking back and relaxing. You will be deeply missed. ”
57 of 59 | Posted by: Linda Gregory - Greensburg, IN

“My daughter, Ally started first grade at CTE and was nervous about being a new student. Ms. Hill took Ally under her wing. She checked in on Ally...Read More »
58 of 59 | Posted by: angie bailey - carmel, IN

“Dear Hill Family, There are few things more difficult than dealing with the loss of a loved one. We, along with our staff, are honored and humbled...Read More »
59 of 59 | Posted by: Flanner and Buchanan - IN

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Gail M. "Sparky" Hill, 56 of Fishers died Wednesday, October 12, 2011 at her home. She was born December 11, 1954 in Indianapolis. She was a graduate of Ball State University and earned her Master's degree from IU.

Sparky had dedicated over 30 years to education; the last 23 years she was counselor at Cherry Tree Elementary School in Carmel. She enjoyed being outside and working in her yard. Most of all, she enjoyed being with family and friends.

Funeral Mass will be at 11:00 am Monday, October 17 at St. Louis de Montfort Catholic Church. Friends and family are invited to gather from 2:00 pm – 6:00 pm Sunday, October 16 at Flanner and Buchanan Funeral Center-Carmel. Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery.

Sparky is survived by her father, Gail E. Hill; sister, Luanna F. Hill, brothers, Martin (wife, Connie), Donald (wife, Carolyn S.) and Dennis (wife, Beth) Hill; nieces, Mandy Brackett, Libby Meyer, Sarah Hill and Jennifer Hill; nephews, Jeffery and Joe Hill. She was preceded in death by her mother, Margaret.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Nathan's Battle Foundation 459 South State Road 135
Greenwood, In. 46142 or Make-a-Wish Foundation 7330 Woodland Drive, Suite 201, Indianapolis, Indiana 46278

You are invited to go to the Guest Book page to pass along your personal message or tell a story.


-Your friends at Flanner and Buchanan

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