Longtime insurance agent is Women in Business honoree

Release Date: April 10, 2009    

PLAINVIEW – Lifelong Plainview resident Lena Faye Hill has spent her life helping others provide peace of mind in their homes and in the community.

A longtime insurance agent locally, Hill will be one of three women to be honored with the Women in Business Award from the Students in Free Enterprise team at Wayland Baptist University. The awards will be presented in a 6:30 p.m. banquet on Thursday, April 23, in the McClung Center.

A graduate of Plainview High, Hill graduated from Watson’s Business College in 1956. She worked for the W.R. Taegel Insurance Agency and soon joined the Harder Insurance Agency. In October 1985, Bill Eaves of Morgan-Eaves Agency purchased the Harder Agency. She continued in the role of commercial lines manager at Morgan-Eaves until 1992, when she purchased the agency. She sold the agency to Mark Warren in early 2008 and is semi-retired now, working part-time at the agency.

Over the years, Hill has gained her licenses for property, casualty, life insurance and risk management. She qualified for the prestigious designation of Certified Insurance Counselor in 1991, one of few women in Plainview to hold such an honor.

Her community service has been vast as well, with Hill serving on the boards of the Plainview Downtown Association and the Plainview Chamber of Commerce, once holding the presidency of the PDA. While on the chamber board, she was instrumental in implementing the fiberglass cow program throughout the city, a project that has drawn many tourists to Plainview. During her time with PDA, she and the agency were instrumental in the development of Millennium Park on Broadway.

She also served two years on the advisory board for Safeco Insurance Company and is serving now on the board of the Plainview Area United Way. While her sons were younger, she was active in PTA and in Little League sports. She is a member of Bethel Baptist Church, having served as organist and teacher as well as member of several committees, including the pastor search committee.

Hill and husband Jimmy, who is retired after a longtime career as manager of the Plainview Cemetery, have two sons: Andy, who owns A&B Auto in Plainview, and Johnny, a teacher and coach at Plainview High. The Hills have seven grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

Other honorees to be recognized at this year’s event are Jennifer Marley and Jeanie Pennell. Tickets for the banquet are $22.50 and are available through any SIFE member or by calling the School of Business at (806) 291-1020.