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Georgia Violet (Johnson) Hills

April 4, 1925 ~ March 29, 2018 (age 92)

Georgia Violet (Johnson) Hills, 92, of Nampa, passed away on Saturday, March 24, 2018 surrounded by family and friends. She was born April 4, 1925 near Moreland, Idaho to D. C. (Bud) and Bessie Johnson. A viewing will be held Tuesday, April 3 at Nampa Funeral Home, Yraguen Chapel, 415 12th Ave. So. from 6 – 7 PM. A Memorial Service honoring her life will be held on Wednesday, April 4, 2018 at 10 AM at the Karcher Church of the Nazarene, 2515 W. Karcher Rd in Nampa. Concluding Services will be at the Twin Falls Cemetery in Twin Falls, Idaho. An online guest book is available at www.nampafuneralhome.com

While still a baby, the family moved to Jerome, Idaho for about a year and then to Olds, Alberta, Canada where her father homesteaded. When Georgia was nine, the family returned to Idaho and farmed in the Jerome area where she also received most of her education. While in high school she met Frank Hills, a tall, good-looking young man, at a church function in Twin Falls. She was shy but he wasn't. They dated through the spring and summer of 1942 and married in September before he was drafted. After the war, they returned to Magic Valley where they farmed, renting available farms in the the Jerome and Twin Falls area. Their daughter, Pamela was born in November 1945 in Twin Falls. A son, Ivan, was born three years later but had complications with RH factor and lived only a few hours which was a difficult time. In the fall of 1951, they bought a farm north of Middleton, Idaho, beginning a new adventure of clearing sagebrush from eighty acres of new farm ground. Their hard work and determination made the farm a success but was also harmful to health. They farmed, milked a herd of cows and both worked additional jobs in town at times to be successful. Being the lifelong learner that she was, Georgia went to Business College in 1958 earning her GED since she was unable to finish high school to care for her ailing mother. She worked as a bookkeeper for Oaks Seed Company and then later earned a scholarship to Medical Secretary training and worked in the medical field for several years. Due to health problems, they felt it time to make a change and sell the farm. Frank had built their house on the farm, so he worked in carpentry for several years. As the years progressed, they decided to retire a little early and do some traveling on occasion. They visited all fifty states, Canada and Mexico, and enjoyed many campouts with the Gem Sprouts Good Sam group. They were also active at the Nampa Senior Center, helping them make some wise decisions to invest some donated money. She also served on the board for CCCOA in Canyon County and was very active in DAR and Karcher Church of the Nazarene.

Life changed considerably when ill health took Frank, the lifelong love of her world. She 'changed gears’ but remained active at the Senior Center until 2012 when a serious car accident required that she leave her home and move to Karcher Estates.

Faith in God was always the cornerstone of her life. She taught Sunday School for many years, preferring middle school age because they needed the stability that God provides. Even in her declining years, she was a great encourager to her caregivers.

Georgia is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Pam and Ron Bean; three grandchildren and spouses, Sara (Kevin) Iwersen, Eric (Kelli) Bean, and Heidi (Chad) Kilwein, seven great­grandchildren and many friends.

She was preceded in death by her husband in 2002; her brother, Earl, and four sisters: llena Dorman Decker, Hazel Holmes, and Edna Reeder Book.

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