Skip to comments.Betty Hill of Portsmouth, other half of UFO couple, dies at 85
Posted on 10/18/2004 5:04:41 PM PDT by Momaw Nadon
PORTSMOUTH Betty Hill of Portsmouth, who along with her late husband in 1961, had the first publicized and best-documented UFO experience in the White Mountains, died Sunday in her sleep after a battle with lung cancer. She was 85.
On a return trip from Canada, the Hills said they were abducted for two hours by a UFO on Sept. 19, 1961. After going public with their story, the two gained worldwide notoriety.
Their story became the subject of a book and later, a made-for-TV movie starring James Earl Jones and Estelle Parsons.
They traveled across the country and made numerous television and radio appearances telling their story.
When her husband, Barney, died in 1969, Ms. Hill continued the job alone.
In 1995, she published, "A Common Sense Approach to UFOs,"
Ms. Hills life was not all about UFOs.
She was a social worker for the state of New Hampshire where she trained foster parents and worked in the area of adoption.
She was also an activist throughout her life where she was a member of the NAACP and a founding member of the Rockingham County Community Action.
In addition to her husband, she was predeceased by her daughter, Rose Marie Stewart Norton of York, Maine.
Ms. Hill is survived by her daughter, Constance Jean Stewart Zukowski of North Little Rock, Ark., a son, Kenneth James Stewart of San Jose, Calif., and a niece, Kathleen Florence Miller Maden of Stratham.
A funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday at Brewitt Funeral Home, 14 Pine St., Exeter. Burial will be private.
Visiting is from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.
Thanks, Quix! I remember this incident well. Whether it really happened or not I don't know, but I believed that the Hills were sincere. I've always wondered what happened to them.
I think they were sincere, too.
I think she got to where she enjoyed the attention. But many people would.
It was while I was QB of the Green Bay Packers. Interestingly they chose to abduct me right after I had completed a 99 yard pass to win the Super Bowl.
I awoke to find myself surrounded by several hundred gorgeous blondes wearing bikini's. They were speaking an unknown language but I could sometimes make out words like "awsome" "handsome" "a real stud" "king" and a few other mildly complimentary terms.
After several years ruling the known universe, I happened to see a picture of Hillary Clinton. Suddenly everything went black and I found myself living in the Florida backwoods, slightly overweight with a little arthritis. No one knew about my previous life, they just treated me like an ordinary person.
Unlike all those other stories, I swear mine is true.
Apparently anal probes give you lung cancer,
I guess Michael Schenker's going to have a tough time getting the band back together, with the other half of the UFO couple gone.
As for me, I wish a hearty R.I.P. for Ms. Hill.
As for some of you, haven't you ever heard of not speking ill of the dead? Sheesh, whatever you may think of UFO's, Abduction, and related phenomena, Ms, Hill seemed to be a decent person outside of the "subculture" and deserves at least a modicum of respect.
Some people are deserving of ridicule at their death, Ms. Hill is not one of them.
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