Jody Kay Hill, 62, of Emmett, Idaho passed away peacefully on Sunday, January 5th, 2020 due to the natural course of Frontotemporal Dementia. She was born on December 23rd, 1957 in Kellogg, Idaho to Floyd and Mary Byington.
Jody spent her childhood in Kellogg, Idaho where she attended Elk Creek Elementary and enjoyed growing up with her siblings and cousins. She graduated in 1976 from Kellogg High School. After high school, Jody attended the University of Idaho in Moscow, Idaho where she met John C. Hill, Jr. John and Jody were married in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho on June 8th, 1978. They immediately moved to Emmett, Idaho where they raised five sons. Jody and John divorced in 2005. Jody never remarried.
Jody received her degree in education from Boise State University in 1993. She passionately taught 6th grade in Fruitland, Idaho from 1993 until her retirement in 2016. Jody proudly received the Idaho State Region Three Educator of the Year Award in 2006. She was a 4-H leader from 1989-1998, a member of the Idaho Dairy Wives from 1980-1993 and was a member of the Teacher’s Sorority throughout her career. She volunteered at Head Start and anywhere was asked to volunteer.
Jody was a lifelong learner who enjoyed puzzles, trivia, Jeopardy, science, reading, swimming, biking, and chocolate. Jody was overwhelmingly proud of her five sons and grandchildren whom she doted on continuously. She genuinely loved being a teacher and loved all of the students she had over the years. She was a kind, thoughtful, fun-loving and empathetic person who could always be counted on. She will be remembered best by her love of teaching, love for her family and her happy, reassuring smile.
Jody is preceded in death by her father, Floyd Byington; sister, Teresa Byington; and brother, Gary Byington. She is survived by her parents, Mary and Virgil Stallsworth; her five sons, Brett (Emily) Hill, Brian Hill, Christopher (Michele) Hill, Shane (Darcie) Hill and Scott (Nicole) Hill; sisters, Sherry Ransier, Cindy (Tobin) Faraca, Misty Byington, and Tanya (Kevin) Karn; brothers, Robert Stallsworth and Donald (Tammy) Stallsworth; grandchildren, Bradley (Holli) Burnett, Matthew Andrews, Elizabeth (Patrick) Freeman, Summir Hill, Payton Hill and Owen Hill; great grandchildren, Makenzie Bullock, Ayden Burnett and Hadley Burnett; as well as many nephews and nieces.
Services will be held at Potter Funeral Chapel in Emmett, Idaho on Saturday, January 11th, 2020 at 1:00 p.m.
Charitable donations in honor of Jody can be made to The Association for Frontotemporal Degeneration (AFTD). Donate online at https://www.theaftd.org/support-aftds-mission/ or by mail to AFTD, 2700 Horizon Drive, Suite 120, King of Prussia, PA, 19406
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The Association for Frontotemporal Degeneration
2700 Horizon Drive, Suite 120 King of Prussia, PA 19406, King of Prussia PA 19406