Lillian R. Hull, mother of Delegate Bob Hull who represents the greater Falls Church area in the Virginia House of Delegates, died last Wednesday, March 11 at the Virginia Hospital Center in Arlington.
Her death was the result of an infection from MRSA bacteria, which she acquired while undergoing rehabilitation of a broken leg that she suffered in December. She was 89 years old.
“My mother was strong and had overcome other health difficulties in the last few years,” said Delegate Hull, “But that infection was too much for her.”
Mrs. Hull had lived in the Fenwick Park subdivision of Fairfax County since 1963 and was a resident of the City Park Homes subdivision prior to that. She had been a resident of Northern Virginia since her family moved to Arlington in 1938.
Preceded in death by her husband, Herman M. Hull, Sr., and her stepon, Buddy Hull. She was the mother of Bob Hull and his wife, Laura, and Judy and her husband, Kevin Butler. She is survived by her step-daughter-in-law, four grandchildren, two sisters, and numerous cousins, nephews, and nieces.
“My mother was always cheerful and one of the nicest people you would ever meet,” said Delegate Hull. “Although she felt the same frustrations of modern life as all of us, I do not remember her uttering an unkind word against anyone.”
Mrs. Hull joined the then-Crossman Methodist Church in the 1940s and church activities consumed much of her life. She was active in the United Methodist Women and a past president of its predecessor, the Women’s Society of Christian Service, as well as serving on various church boards. She was also a longtime member of the church choir.
She was involved in many volunteer activities over the years, including the American Lung Association and the American Heart Association, and as a volunteer driver for the Fairfax-Falls Church Community Services Board.
Mrs. Hull was also involved in various activities at Falls Church High School, from which all of her children graduated, including the drama parent’s group, “The Playmates,” as a Girl Scout Leader, and as a longtime Democratic campaign volunteer and member of the Fairfax County Democratic Committee.
“My mother is really the one who got me started in politics and government service,” Delegate Hull stated. “She felt that you must give something back to the community.”
She was retired from the federal government, having worked for many years for the Department of the Army. Prior to that, she worked for the Fairfax County School System.
Mrs. Hull was buried yesterday at the National Memorial Park Cemetery following a funeral service at Christ-Crossman United Methodist Church. Memorial contributions can be made in her name to the church.