By Angela Peacock
Dancing circles around her husband is how Joyce Hill enjoyed spending her free time, family members said.
Joyce’s sons Greg and Brad Hill will always remember their mother as a square dancing enthusiast who was always there to support her family.
“Mom loved the interaction and camaraderie of other couples,” Greg said. “Dancing was her way of staying young at heart, and she probably looked 40 years young each time she was out there dancing.”
Joyce Hill, who worked in the Portales school system for 27 years, died May 6, 2003,
Loving her family and friends unconditionally without standards or stipulations is what Greg said he’ll cherish about his mother, whose loving gifts literally backfired some years ago.
“Mom had bought a shaving kit Christmas gift for my Granddad and one of the aerosol cans inside the package got too hot inside the car it exploded. When Mom came out of the bank, her front windshield had blown out,” Greg said. “People often tease her about having bombs inside the car.”
Greg admitted that he wasn’t the easiest child for his mother to raise, but said no matter what happened — good or bad — he knew his mother’s love was neverending.
“Mom taught us to be consistent and faithful to whatever or whoever we were involved with at the time,” Greg said. “She always told us to treat others the way we’d want to be treated and that’s how she lived her life.”
Always knowing she was watching from the stands while he played and coached baseball is what Brad will remember most about his mother. He said his mother taught him the importance of family, which is why he switched jobs so that he could be at home to support his infant daughter as she grows up.
A collection of square-dancing clothes and home-style cooking is what Morgan Hill said he will never forget about her grandmother. Morgan said Joyce worked for as a secretary at her elementary school. She said her grandmother and grandfather would teach the children how to square dance.
“My grandmother was a very nice lady who always told me to be myself,” Morgan said. “She supported me no matter what and always made sure everyone was well taken care of.”