Joanne Hillman |

Joanne Hillman


Joanne Irene Hillman passed away peacefully July 5, 2013, in Grass Valley. She was 71.

Services and a celebration of life will be at 2 p.m. July 14, 2013, at the Nevada City Elks Lodge.

Joanne was born July 1, 1942, in Santa Rosa, Calif., to Evan Thomas and Clara Mattson Thomas. She was raised and lived the remainder of her life in Nevada City, Calif. She married Larry Hunt and had three children. She attended the Nevada City local schools and graduated from cosmetology school.

She married Harry Hillman Dec. 31, 1983. He helped her become a “world traveler.” Joanne worked as head of the credit department at Sears in Grass Valley during her early years. She opened her own hair salon in Nevada City and worked as a hair stylist until her retirement.

She was dedicated to her participation with Soroptimist International of Nevada City and the Nevada City Elks Ladies. She was past president of both clubs and served in other positions as well. She was honored with the award of Soroptimist of the Year.

Joanne enjoyed travelling with her husband and their friends in their RV. She collected frogs and Christmas ornaments. She loved reading, quilting and spending time with countless friends and family.

She is survived by her husband, Harry Hillman; sister Marjorie (Frank) Johnson; two sons, Dan (Jeanne) Hunt and Dean (Cindy) Hunt; daughter Denise (Bob) Coward; step-daughter Deb (Pat) Stoll; nine grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Her harmonious presence and wonderful smile lit up any room she entered. She was a bright light that will be missed by many.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to the Nevada City Elks No. 518, CHEA-Major Project, PO Box 611 Nevada City, CA 95959.

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