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Former Skydiving Center, Airport Manager Betty Hill Dead at 66

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Last updated 1/1/2020 at 10:36am

Florida Skydiving Center

Betty Hill exhibited joy throughout her journey

Betty Hill only jumped once herself, but she brought thousands of skydivers to Lake Wales in the more than two decades she operated the Florida Skydiving Center. Friends, family and aviation sports enthusiasts began mourning her death Dec. 16 after a valiant 19-year battle with cancer.

Hill was the brains behind the business and tirelessly promoted skydiving for more than 40 years. Instead of going to college, she and first husband George Kabeller opened their first skydiving business with a small Cessna and four parachutes in Downsville, MD, just a few miles from her hometown of Hagerstown...

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