Joanne Hill

Joanne Hill

Joanne Brines Hill, 77, a former Wallowa County resident, died at her Lewiston, Idaho, home on Nov. 9, 2008.

Joanne was born April, 29, 1931, to Wilbur and Joyce Casteel Brines of Colton, Ore. She was the youngest of four children. She attended school in Wallowa for 10 years and met her future husband, Thomas Frank Hill, shortly after his father became the pastor of the Wallowa Methodist Church. When her family moved from Wallowa to Portland in 1947, she took extra credits to graduate a year early, in 1948. The following April 29, 1949, on their shared birthday, she and Frank were married in Kuna, Idaho, and moved to Enterprise.

Frank was a pilot who had flown a DC-4 for the Navy Air Transport in the Pacific during World War II.

After their marriage, Joanne became an aviatrix and joined her husband in flying. Frank flew while in Enterprise and when the couple moved to Grangeville, Id, in 1952 he flew with Grangeville Air Service. In 1962 the couple purchased the business, which they operated until their retirement in 1992.

Joanne was an accomplished pilot, one of the few women to pilot a Fod Tri-motor airplane. She also participated in the Palms to Pines Powder Puff Air Derby in 1970.

In addition to loving flying, Joanne loved poetry and often shared her poetry with family and friends in both Wallowa County and Idaho.

Joanne is survived by her daughters and sons-in-law, Rosey and Mike Hill of Lewiston, Beverly and John Skelton of Clarkston, Wash. and Becky Cawley of Lewiston,.; grandchildren Jim Hill, Eric Hill, Matt Hill, Jayce Frei, Jasen Skelton, Jake Cawley, and Jessica Cawley; and six great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Frank, on Nov. 7, 2006, and earlier by her son Greg.

Graveside services were held Nov. 14 in Grangeville, Idaho. Contributions in her memory may be made to the search and rescue team of the Nez Perce County Sheriff's Air Posse in Lewiston.

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