Sandra J. Hill
Sandra J. Hill January 24, 1945 - April 3, 2017 Salem - Sandy Hill loved her cats, and, if cats have nine lives, Sandy Hill enjoyed every one of them. Sadly, however, it was her life that was cut way too short when she died April 3 from injuries sustained when a hit-and-run driver knocked her down in front of her Northeast Salem home. She was just 72 years young. Sandy was one of three girls born to Garland and Helen Hinkle in San Diego, California. She and sisters Patricia (Trish) and Barbara (Barb) had a grand childhood, growing up in Sunset Cliffs. She raised her pet duck there, and she enjoyed playing with many friends from school. Following high school, she attended San Jose State College (later University), hoping to become a nurse, but she did not complete her training. Moving to Oregon, she worked in the office at Boise Cascade in Independence and held an administrative assistant's position at VIP's Industries in Wilsonville and Salem. Her favorite job, though, was as travel agent at Travel World in Salem. Her hobbies included volleyball, cross-country skiing, beach walking and playing pinochle. Sandy was happy to participate in several local organizations, including Willamette Valley Hospice, Willamette Humane Society and the Progressive Film Series. In 2006 Sandy married Jim Hill in Lake Tahoe, Nevada. She leaves behind her husband, Jim; Jim's son Sam (Janne) Hill, of Boston, Massachusetts; Jim's daughter Jennifer (John) Desisto and their daughters Maya, Katie and Emily, of Boston Massachusetts; sisters Trish (Bill) Dana, of Beaverton, and Barb (Frank) Quigg, of Carbondale, Colorado; several friends, including Carol Ann Gerhard and members of her pinochle group; and her three cats, Lacy, Mandy and Cutiepie. Her parents, Garland and Helen, predeceased her. The family thanks many who helped and cared for Sandy during her final days, including the staff at Salem Hospital, Salem Police Department and Salem Fire Department medics. The family recommends memorials in Sandy's name to Willamette Valley Hospice and the Providence Benedictine Hospice. A celebration of her life will be held at a date and place still to be announced. There we will hear some of Sandy's favorite music, particularly "Amazing Grace" and "The Twelfth of Never." Interment eventually will be in the Willamette National Cemetery. Virgil T. Golden Funeral Service has been making all arrangements.
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