Joni K. Hill (1954 - 2016)

  • "I know we didn't know each other long but the time I got to..."
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  • "Rest in peace my friend."
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    - Cynthia Hill Reed
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Joni Klee Hill died on Jan. 27, 2016, at Fairbanks Memorial Hospital. She had been ill for many years, rallying at times, but ultimately lost her battle due to hemorrhagic shock. The fourth child of Eugene B. and Klee Hill, Joni was born on Dec. 1, 1954, in Fairbanks, Alaska, at the old St. Joseph's Hospital. Joni will be remembered for her remarkable artwork. She was a talented artist. Her humorous "Moosifications," caricatures of family and friends in the persona of a moose, always made people smile. Her Moosifications graced the walls at the old Central Motor Inn and also the old Paxson Lodge for many years. She attended art classes at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, and also attended Alaska Vocational Technical Center in Seward, Alaska. Joni's earliest years were spent in Fairbanks, then in Hawaii when her family moved to Maui in 1959. She later met and was married briefly to Gene Combs of California. Joni returned to Fairbanks prior to the start of the Trans-Alaska oil pipeline and was accepted into the apprenticeship program for the Operating Engineers, Local 302. She also worked on the Valdez oil spill. She will be remembered for her sense of humor, even in the face of adversity. In memory of Joni, her family requests that her friends perform an act of kindness for another or consider contributing to a favorite charitable organization such as Fairbanks Memorial Hospice Services, 2001 Gillam Way, Fairbanks, AK 99701. Joni is survived by her sisters, DeAnna Hill Orris and Jacqueline Hill Denning; son, Joel (Combs) Orris; and daughter, Heather Hill; nephew, Keith Orris; and a large extended family. She was preceded in death by her parents; and her brother, Michael E. Hill. Visitation will be held at 1:30 p.m. on Feb. 14, 2016, at the First United Methodist Church, 915 Second Avenue in Fairbanks. Services will be at 3 p.m., with David Rumpf, Hospice Chaplin, officiating. Interment will be at Northern Lights Memorial Park. Arrangements were made by Legacy Funeral Home/Chapel of Chimes. The family may be contacted at P.O. Box 61010, Fairbanks, AK 99706.
Published in Anchorage Daily News on Feb. 10, 2016