Barbara Jean (Barb) Hill

Hill_Barbara.jpgBarbara Jean (Barb) Hill of Shelton died of complications from a stroke Thursday, January 7, 2013. She was 76 years old. She was born on September 6, 1936 in Oklahoma City to Ralph and Viva Booth. Barbara was raised in Olalla, Washington and raised her family in Tacoma until 1973, when she relocated the family to Juneau, AK. She met Robert Hill in Alaska and they married in Reno on September 18, 1981, (their granddaughter Sara’s birth date). He preceded her in death in 2000. Barb raised her four children single handedly by working in restaurants as a waitress, manager and owner. She worked at the Nugget Department Store from the late 70’s until her retirement in 1986. Barbara was a member of the Red Hat Club and bowled on the same bowling team with close friends for over 20 years. She loved her family, black lab Rascal, bowling, gardening, canning and playing cribbage. During the summer you would see Barb riding her John Deere tractor around the property. Barb was a woman of character and heart, and lived enthusiastically. Barbara was preceded in death by her son, Michael Collins, parents Viva and Ralph Booth and husband Robert Hill. Surviving her are brother, William Booth of Columbus Falls, Montana, daughters Joanne White of Tampa, Florida, Sherry Meyer of Tacoma, Washington, and Kristi West of Juneau, Alaska. Other survivors include eight grandchildren, nine great grandchildren, and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. Barb’s ashes will be released in her favorite spots in Alaska and Washington. Memorial donations may be made to Providence St. Peter’ Hospital in Olympia. A celebration of life is planned for May 11, at the Bend on Hood Canal. Contact daughter, Kristi, 16700 Ocean View Drive, Juneau, AK 99801 or niece, Bonnie, 253 E. Great Bend Drive, Union, WA 98592. For directions go to