Joy Hill passed away on August 10th at Carolina Meadows in Chapel Hill. She died peacefully after living with dementia for several years. Joy was a light in this world spreading compassion, acceptance, peace and joy everywhere she went.
Joy was born in Greensburg Pa and grew up in Mountain Lakes, NJ. Joy loved learning. She was valedictorian of her high school graduating class. She received a BA in philosophy from Swarthmore and her MSW from The University of Pittsburgh. She was a clinical social worker whose dedication, caring and skill impacted countless lives.
Joy was a traveler. She skied the Alps, toured Greece and Italy, traipsed through the Irish countryside, cruised the Norwegian fjords and sea kayaked in Greenland. Everywhere that Joy went, she met people; reveling in their stories, always connecting with those she encountered along her journey. Joy was also a giver. She gave generously of herself to others. She was always available to help, always willing to listen, and always offering encouragement and support.
Throughout her life, Joy treasured her relationships. She loved her friends and neighbors, especially those on Canterbury Drive in Pittsburgh. She loved her family, and in 2005, Joy moved from Pittsburgh Pa to NC to help her mother reach her 100th birthday.
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Joy was predeceased by her parents, Wally and Jane Hill and her sister, Linda. She leaves behind her brother, Wally Hill and his wife, Patricia, her nieces and nephews: Bill Hill, Leslie Damon, Linda Guzman, Pam Hawkins and Jon Hill. Joy is also survived by her cousins Val Appleby, Dale Fazio, Connie Divens and Jimmy Fazio.
A memorial service will be held on August 24th at 2:30 pm in the Chapel at Binkley Baptist Church in Chapel Hill, NC.
Memorial contributions may be made to Heifer International, The Seva Foundation or the Alzheimer’s Association.
“What we once enjoyed and deeply loved we can never lose, for all that we love deeply becomes part of us” –Helen Keller-