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Ora Vivian Hill, 85, of East Flat Rock went to be with the Lord on Saturday, Jan. 16, 2016, at St. Luke's Hospital in Columbus.
She was a native and lifelong resident of Henderson County, a daughter of the late Boney H. Hill and Sadie Clark Hill. She was also preceded in death by a son-in-law, Jeff Aiken. She was a graduate of Hendersonville High School and Blue Ridge Community College, obtaining an associate degree in business administration. She was an early advocate for mental health services in Western North Carolina. She worked with several non-profits and businesses throughout her career, including the Henderson County YMCA and Kanuga Conferences, retiring from Pardee Hospital. She also worked for the family's former business, Appalachian Apple Packers. She was a member of Hendersonville First Baptist Church, and a former member of East Flat Rock First Baptist Church. She loved history, spent many years researching her family history, and researched and wrote histories as she worked for the betterment of the East Flat Rock community. Throughout the years, she had volunteered with the East Flat Rock Community Club, the Henderson County Republican Party, Girl Scouts and the East Flat Rock School PTO. Most of all she was a caregiver, first helping care for her younger siblings, then her children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and many of their friends. She was the former wife of the late Jack C. Jones.
She is survived by two daughters, Jennie Jones Giles of East Flat Rock and Connie Jones Aiken of Zirconia; a sister, Barbara Garrison of East Flat Rock; three brothers, Maurice "Bud" Hill and Thomas W. Hill of Zirconia and Tony Hill of Flat Rock and Nokomis, Fla.; five grandchildren, Kelly Giles Alderete and Zachary Giles of East Flat Rock, John Aiken of Hendersonville, Julie Anne Aiken of Zirconia and Corey Aiken of West Asheville; five great-grandchildren, Madeline Aiken and Taylor Aiken of Charlotte, Cael Alderete of Roswell, N.M., and Emma Aiken and Josiah Snipes; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
A memorial service will be held at 4 p.m. Tuesday in the Chapel-in-the-Pines of Jackson Funeral Service and Crematory. The Rev. Steve Scoggins will officiate. The family will greet friends before and after the service. Memorials may be made to the Meals on Wheels program of the Council on Aging for Henderson County or to Hospice of the Carolina Foothills in Columbus. The family extends heart-felt gratitude and thanks to the staff of Autumn Care of Saluda.
Jackson Funeral Service and Crematory is in charge of the arrangements.
Published in The Times-News on Jan. 18, 2016
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