Adeline Keehan Hill

Dec 27, 1929 - Nov 22, 2020

East Lawn Sierra Hills Memorial Park
5757 Greenback Lane
Sacramento, CA, 95841


Adeline Keehan Hill

Adeline Keehan Hill, beloved Omi, went home to be with the Lord on November 22, 2020 in Sacramento, California at the age of 90.
She is survived by 3 daughters Deborah Sutherland, Roberta Suronen and Pamela Reynolds, brother Rudy Padilla, 10 grandchildren and 7 great grandchildren.
Adeline was born on December 27, 1929 in Gallup, New Mexico to Joseph and Flora Padilla. She grew up in the family home, a 24-unit motel with sisters Tina, Dalila and brother Rudy. She attended the University of New Mexico in Flagstaff, Arizona. She married Robert Francis Keehan in 1951. They moved to Claremont, California to raise their family. Adeline taught elementary school for 25 years and was vice principal for 3 years. After Robert’s death in 1988, she married Leonard Hill. Leonard preceded her in death in 2010.
Adeline was dedicated to serving in her local community and church. She presided as president, chairman or board member of numerous organizations:
The American Bell Association International
Southern California Campanology
P.E.O. University Alumni
Rembrandt Club
Assistance League
Meals on Wheels
Curtain Raisers
Fine Arts Foundation
Opera Guild of Pasadena
Foothill Philharmonic of Clarendon
Red Hat Society
Economy Shop
Upland Book Club
Church Council member
Eucharistic Minister
Christian Doctrine teacher
Children’s Choir and Hand Bell director
Bible Study leader
Certified clown “Fools for Christ
Adeline enjoyed numerous hobbies:
Collector of over 3500 bells (Bell programs and tours of her Claremont home)
Decorated 24 themed trees every December (her favorite was The Jesus Tree)
Winning First Place Trophies in City Parades for 10 years with her students and 9-foot-tall puppets
Painter, Poet, Avid Reader
Loved Theatre, Symphony, Opera, Country Western Line Dancing, Square Dancing, Tap, Hula and Tai Chi.
She played piano, guitar, violin and ukulele.
Adeline had a menagerie of beloved pets her entire life. She wrote and illustrated a children’s book “Peter and Penny” about her parrot and dove.
She travelled around the world with her husbands and daughters.
Adeline was known as Bella the Clown. Her side kick was a puppet named Jingles. Together they performed scripture themed programs; with singing, mime, signing, tap, hula, magic tricks, tuned bells and ventriloquism.
Adeline moved to Sacramento in 2016. She attended Divine Mercy Catholic Church and in her last years, Adventure Christian Church of Natomas. She loved the Lord and is now at peace with Him for eternity.
Adeline will be buried at East Lawn Sierra Hills Memorial Park in Sacramento, California on December 2, 2020 at 1:30 pm. Pastor Scott Mathews and Pastor Josh Guerrero will officiate the service with family in attendance.


  • Joan Forman and Arturo Adame says:

    We are saddened by the news of Adeline’s passing and extend our sympathy to her family. We knew Adeline through our association with SCCC and ABAII, and missed her after she moved from Southern California. Her enthusiasm for life was contagious. We enjoyed viewing her enormous bell collection and the bell-theme talks she gave. Plus, we were delighted with her performance as Bella the Clown.

  • Christine and Greg Anderson says:

    Well loved member of SCCC. We had the privilege of being able to take Adeline to bell club meetings and acquiring some of her bells as a fond remembrance of her. We have missed her in Southern California Campanology!

  • Ellie DeBolt (via daughter Debbie) says:

    Adeline and I were friends for over 50 years in Claremont and met through Our Lady of Assumption Parish. I have wonderful memories of walking with her every morning for years on the Thompson Creek trail in Claremont. We attended plays together as couples and socialized at many events. I will miss my friend.

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