Eleanor Christine Mitter, 59, died Saturday, May 18, 2013, at her home in Columbia.
She was born April 4, 1954, in St. Louis to the late David Mitter and Elizabeth (McDonald) Mitter.
She graduated in 1976 with a degree in elementary education from Southeast Missouri State University. She received a master's degree in education degree from MU in 1993.
On May 3, 1980, she married Rob Hill in Gravois Mills, Mo.
Until her health intervened in September 2012, Mrs. Mitter was director and teacher at the Child Development Center, Columbia First Baptist Church, where she taught children for 18 years. She became director in 1994. She also taught in several other Columbia preschools.
Prior to moving to Columbia in 1989, she helped found and was first director of Children’s Station community preschool in Hannibal. Prior to her years in Hannibal, she taught at Children’s House in Versailles, Mo.
She loved nature and the outdoors. She taught preschool Nature Detective outings each summer at Rock Bridge Memorial State Park, and with her husband and son, Charlie, hiked and backpacked many trails in Missouri and national parks and forests of the American West and New England. She was a Missouri Master Naturalist.
She was a member of Olivet Christian Church, where she helped organize the Relay for Life trivia contest.
Mrs. Mitter is survived by her husband, Rob Hill, and son, Charlie, both of Columbia; her mother, Elizabeth Mitter of St. Louis; four sisters, Martha McGlinn (Randy) of Hartland, Vt., Kathy Mitter (Rick Burch) of Columbia, Cindy Harris (Greg) of Rolla and Melinda Borman (Mike) of St. Louis. Other survivors include nine nieces and nephews and numerous cousins.
A memorial service will be held 11 a.m. Saturday, June 1, 2013, at Olivet Christian Church in Columbia. Visitation will be begin 9 a.m. at the church.
Her ashes will be scattered at a later date on the Ozark farm where she and her husband were married.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Child Development Center at First Baptist or the American Cancer Society.
Online condolences may be left at www.parkerfuneralservice.com.