Jeanette (Read) Hilley, 1934-2021
Syble Jeanette (Read) Hilley, 87, Richardson, TX, passed from this life Thursday, Nov. 18, 2021, in
Carrollton, Denton County, TX.
Memorial services will be at First Baptist Church of Richardson, TX on Friday, Jan. 7, 2022 at 11 a.m.
Jeanette was born June 24, 1934, in Streetman, Freestone County, TX to Tilden Earl and Fannie Mae
Jeanette is survived by her sons, Kevin Hilley, Altus, OK; and James Michael Hilley, of the home,
Richardson, TX; brother, Harold Dwayne Read and wife Elizabeth, Alba, TX; and sister, Nelda (Read)
Bump and husband Billy, Celina, TX.
She was married on July 16, 1962, to James Neal Hilley, who preceded her in death in 1993.
Jeanette was also preceded in death by her parents; brothers, Vernon Read, Cecil Read, Lyndle Read and
Glen Read; and sisters, Juanita (Read) Roberts and Lestene (Read) Perry.
Jeanette’s sweet and generous spirit touched many lives. For four and a half decades she worked in
childcare at First Baptist Church of Richardson and Dallas Bible Church, as well as others. The churches
where she worked treasured her. She also was a crossing guard for Greenwood Hills Elementary and
drove a school bus for many years.
She received gifts, cards and messages from children and families whom she had impacted over the
years with her generosity of spirit. Her circle was big, and she was loved by many.
Jeanette loved flowers, cats and dogs, being in the sunshine, and watching the world from her living
room’s picture window. She liked to look nice and enjoyed wearing bright colors.
She experienced an active life and good health until recent years.
Jeanette was raised in rural Navarro County, Texas and went to high school in Corsicana. In her twenties,
she moved to Dallas.
Jeanette and Jim Hilley bought a new home in Richardson, TX in 1965, where they both lived until their
A stay-at-home mother until her sons went to school, Jeanette was always there to welcome Kevin and
Mike as adults, when they needed to be wrapped in her arms.
Now, she is wrapped in the arms of angels.
It was such a nice pleasure to meet you, and what you had planned for my father just took my breath away. It was so special to hear you tell us how he would just come over to talk with you. I think it brought him much comfort. Tha you for putting that Air Force article of him on your website. I am going to have a replica made of the painting of his plane to give you. Thank you again for all you have done to honor our dad. Love, The Gillilands
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