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Joan Hillis, 87
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Mrs. Joan Hillis, 87, of McMinnville died Thursday, Aug. 27, at NHC HealthCare in McMinnville. 

Born on July 7, 1933, in Broughton, Ill., she was a retired case worker with the Department of Public Aid in Illinois and was a member of the Church of Christ. The happiest moments in Joan’s life were those spent with her grandchildren and reconnection with family members after she and Landy moved back to McMinnville upon retirement from their jobs in Illinois 25 years ago.

Mrs. Hillis was preceded in death by her parents, Otha and Opal Campbell Steele, and her husband Landy E. Hillis. She is survived by her sons Michael L. (Leslie) Hillis and Steven J. Hillis, sister Emma Cathey, brother William Steele, grandchildren Jessica (Derek) Wattenbarger, Abby Hillis, Jonathan Hillis, Stephanie (Lewis) Mallory, and Ryan (Stephanie) Hillis, six great-grandchildren, and several other family members and family friends.

A graveside service and interment will be held at 1 p.m. Monday, Aug. 31, at Mt. View Cemetery. Garland Robinson will officiate. The Hillis family and friends will meet at the cemetery and there will be no visitation at the funeral home. Online condolences may be made at

McMinnville Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Southern Standard

(McMinnville, Tenn.) Aug. 30, 2020