Irene (Holbrook) Hill

February 12, 1936 ~ December 1, 2023 (age 87) 87 Years Old

Irene Hill Obituary

Irene Hill of West Liberty, KY, passed away Friday, December 1, 2023, at Mt. Manor Nursing Home, Paintsville, KY, at the age of 87 years, 9 months, and 19 days. She was born Wednesday, February 12, 1936 in Mima, KY, daughter of the late David H. and Bessie Smith Holbrook.

Irene was united in marriage to Kenneth Hill which lasted over 50 years until his death in 2010. This union was blessed with two children, David and Devetta. She was a retired custodian for the East Valley Elementary School, West Liberty, KY and very much beloved by the children. For many years after her retirement, she was often stopped by children who knew her as “Miss Irene” and wanted to hold her hand one more time.  In later years, these same “children” would introduce their children to her. She was a Christian whose strong faith got her through the many trials of life. She was a loving mother, grandmother, sister, aunt, and friend and will be sadly missed by all her family and friends.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her brothers, Ronald Holbrook, Edward Holbrook and Ora Holbrook and sisters, Mae Rowland, Carolyn Smith, Wilma Lemaster, and Betty Cantrell.

She is survived by her two children: David and Brenda Hill of Waverly, OH and Devetta Hill of Council Bluffs, IA; and three grandchildren, Kayla and John Rankin of Paris, KY; Becky and Craig Barnett of Waverly, OH and Jonathan Hill of Waverly, OH, and; three great-grandchildren, Ali and Quinn Barnett and Ramsey Rankin, and a host of nieces and nephews.  Irene had numerous special friends and neighbors who helped her to remain in her home and independent until this past summer when she needed more help than they could give.  Those wonderful people were James and Lola Smith, Judy Burchett, Robert Cantrell, Larry Cantrell, Frankie Adkins, Danny and Phyllis Price, Machell and Darrell Holbrook, her nephew Boyd Hill, and anyone that ever helped her figure out the tv remote, write out a check for a bill she owed, or helped her with her garden or car.  A deep and appreciative thank you for all the help you gave her. Your help and her stubbornness and iron will kept her on the land her dad bought and where she was raised and spent the last 38 years of her life. 

Funeral service 12 noon, Tuesday, December 5, 2023 at the Potter Funeral Home, with Rev. Danny Price & Rev. Jackie Smith officiating. Burial to follow in the Holbrook Cemetery, Hwy 437, West Liberty, KY. Visitation from 11 a.m. – 12 noon, Tuesday, December 5, 2023, at the Potter Funeral Home.  In leu of flowers, please consider a donation to St. Jude’s Hospital since she loved children so much.

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December 5, 2023

11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Potter Funeral Home,Inc.
329 Glenn Avenue
West Liberty, KY 41472

Funeral Service
December 5, 2023

12:00 PM
Potter Funeral Home,Inc.
329 Glenn Avenue
West Liberty, KY 41472


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