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Jill Kortie


1951 - 2018 Obituary Condolences
Jill Kortie Obituary
JILL KORTIE With great sadness we announce the passing of Jill Kortie on Wednesday January 17, 2018 as the long and courageous battle against breast cancer came to an end. Her kindness spanned the globe, as did her wit and strong will. Our love for her is immense, she will forever be missed. Jill will be remembered by her sisters Vicki Keith (Sam) and Esther Kortie; their children Allison Pritchard (Shane), Ashley Pritchard (predeceased), Brandon Keith (Jamie), Melinda Lockie (Perry) and Sean Alto (Shawnna) as well as several great nieces and nephews and many dear friends and colleagues. Jill was born in Crescent City, CA on March 24, 1951 to Howard and Barbara Kortie. She attended St. Joseph's Elementary and Del Norte County High School. She graduated from Chico State receiving a Master's Degree in Education. Her teaching career spanned Del Norte County High School, Hamilton High School, Chapel International American School of Brazil, Center for Alternative Learning and Fairview High School in Chico, CA, a teacher by profession and a teacher in life. Her students remember her for her kindness, her quick wit and sense of humor, her influence and inspiration earning her numerous awards including Teacher of the Year Hamilton High 1997 and induction into Glenn County Office of Education Hall of Fame 2009. Jill loved traveling, spending a memorable two years in Sao Paulo, Brazil teaching English. She made great friendships and was able to see much of South America during this time with a yearning to return. She was fiercely independent and generous with her time and her resources; a peacemaker. She loved her family & friends, gardening, a good book, and a lover of animals great and small. A Memorial Mass will be held on Saturday, February 10th at 11 a.m., at Our Divine Savior, 566 E Lassen Ave, Chico, CA. A post-service reception for family and friends will follow immediately at Parkside Tap House, 115 3rd Street, Chico CA. In lieu of flowers, Memorial donations in memory of Jill Kortie may be made to The Jill Kortie Scholarship Fund, Hamilton High School, P.O. Box 488, Hamilton City, CA 95951 established for Hamilton High School students attending California State University Chico. The scholarship is for those in pursuit of a teaching credential.
Published in Chico Enterprise-Record from Feb. 3 to Feb. 4, 2018
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