Susan Cline (Bull) Hill

Saturday, March 16, 2019

The world lost a strong and independent woman when Susan Cline (Bull) Hill succumbed to the ravages of dementia on March 14, 2019.

Born April 24, 1934 in San Francisco, California, to Lillian Webb and Dr. Edward Cline Bull, she married Harold Phillips Hill on Jan. 29, 1954. The couple had three children: Deborah, Denise and Jeffrey.

Susan attended the University of California at Berkeley, majoring in English. Later the family moved to Santa Rosa, California where Hal taught English and philosophy at the local junior college. Hal died in 1968, leaving Susan with three children to support and no work experience. She met the challenge, returning to college to obtain a degree in elementary education, and then teaching for several years in Napa, California.

Through teaching, she found her niche, and she later obtained a Master’s degree in special education. She wanted to work with the most severely disabled children, to give them a better quality of life.

In the early 1980s, with her children grown, she took a trip to the Southwest and fell in love with New Mexico. She sold the family home and moved to Taos, where she landed a job in special education. She also developed her artistic talents, studying weaving and later becoming a full-time production weaver.

It was in Taos she met her soul mate, jeweler Daniel Burlison.

In 1991 the couple moved to Silver City, New Mexico, mostly to escape the cold Taos winters. They lived outside of town surrounded by oak forests, Daniel with his jewelry workshop and Susan with her looms, until Daniel’s death in 2005. Susan moved into town then, and volunteered for many organizations, including walking dogs at the Silver City animal shelter, organizing book sales for Friends of the Library, assisting with community events and working at an art gallery.

She loved reading, watching birds, archaeology of the southwest and growing some of the most impressive roses in Silver City. She did not suffer fools gladly and was skeptical by nature, but when she made a friend, was a strong pillar of support.

She is survived by her three children, Deb Hill (Don Sanfilippo) of Lewistown; Denise Hill (Joe Lilienthal) of Santa Rosa, California; and Jeffrey Phillips Hill of Silver City, New Mexico. At her request, there will be no services.

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