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Hill, Jacqueline Yvette

Jacqueline Yvette Hill, age 88, died peacefully on November 30, 2016 at Canterbury Gardens, a memory care center in Longview, Washington.

Born April 9, 1928, in Worcester, Mass., she was the daughter of the late Joseph Aime Chagnon, Jr., and his wife, Flore Palmina LePain, both with family roots in Quebec.

Speaking only French, Jackie started school at an all-English public school where she quickly mastered her new language. She graduated from Mary E Wells High School, in Southbridge, Mass. in June 1945. In 1983 she received a BA degree in Sociology, summa cumme laude, from the University of Albuquerque, New Mexico.

In 1953, she married James Milton McWilliams. Three children were born to this union: June McWilliams of Englewood, Colorado; Joy Massey, wife of Steve Massey of Rainier, Oregon; and Jana McWilliams, the youngest daughter, who passed away in 1994. The marriage ended in divorce in 1968. Jackie leaves two grandsons, Cody and Zane Hylton, and one great-granddaughter, and her only brother, Robert Chagnon, of Hockesson, Delaware. Jackie is survived by Ronald Ames Hill of Star, Idaho, her husband of 24 years.

Jackie had a long early career as a secretaryâ€"1945â€"51 at American Optical in Southbridge, Mass., 1951â€"52 at Security Bank in Springfield, Mass., and 1952â€"54 at Atlantic Refining Co. (now ARCO) in Philadelphia. After time off to raise family, she was employed 1963â€"76 as an executive secretary at Reynolds Metals Co., in Chester, Penn., 1976â€"77 at Anaconda Co., in Grants, N. M., and 1977â€"80 at United Nuclear Corp., Albuquerque, N. M. In 1980â€"81 she was the Assistant Director of Financial Aid at the University of Albuquerque, and 1981â€"82, the Director of Placement at Park College, Albuquerque. She started at Sandia National Laboratories in Albuquerque in 1983 as a Division Secretary, but was quickly promoted to Technical Editor. Jackie retired from Sandia in 1993.

Jackie was an avid and accomplished knitter and had an outstanding interest in family history. She traced her French Canadian roots to the early 1600s. As an editor and proof-reader, she played an outstanding role in helping her husband Ron publish numerous family history books and articles in national genealogical journals. She will be sorely missed by family and friends.
Published in Albuquerque Journal on Dec. 18, 2016
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