Death notice of Jean Hilliard (1939 – 2021) – Boise, ID


Jean Hilliard
May 13, 1939 – December 17, 2021
Boise, Idaho – Wandella Jean Hilliard, 82, died on December 17, 2021 in Boise, Idaho.
Wandella Jean Hilliard but her preferred name was Jean, was born in Vale, Oregon on May 13, 1939, to Clarence and Lois Rule. She had two sisters and a brother who all predeceased her. She was the last survivor of her family. She married Harold Hilliard the love of her life on November 15, 1958. Harold and Jean moved to Payette, Idaho and began their life together. They preferred to live in a country environment so they moved to Ontario, Oregon. They lived in Ontario for only a year, before moving to Boise, Idaho, due to job changes. Jean enjoyed living the rest of his life in Boise.
Jean was a loving spirit. Our mother has become the best friend of everyone she has met. She listened, always took time for others and was very sensitive to everyone’s needs. Our mother loved being with her family and friends. She excelled at organizing family reunions, creating memorable vacations and was always a caring person.
She was a fantastic cook and her baked goods were delicious. Each year, the family looked forward to their delicious cinnamon rolls and savory pies at gatherings and vacations.
Jean liked to stay active and spend time with her family, but she also liked spending time with several of her friends. She has been instrumental in many groups or organizations in which she has participated. She founded a group called the Jumperets in Payette, Idaho. The Jumperets were a rope-skipping and twirling group. She was also involved in Girl Scouts and became the Ward President and shared the role of Boy Scout Leader with Harold in Boy Scouts. After Boy Scouts, Jean was involved in the Good Sam’s Club and Capital Gypsies. Jean shared the role with Harold in the Good Sams Club as the game coordinator and made many new acquaintances, who became lifelong friends. Throughout her involvement in these groups, she enjoyed every minute of the adventure and had a good time.
She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. She knew how to make any environment fun for everyone and make everyone feel welcome. Our mother loved life and always lived it to the fullest. We all loved her so much and will be sadly missed, may she rest in peace.
She is survived by her husband of 63 years, Harold Hilliard; his daughter Pam Ziegenfuss (Joel), his son Jeff Hilliard (Laurie) and his son Kim Hilliard (Sharla); seven grandchildren, two adopted grandchildren, three great grandchildren and her precious dog Chume.
A visitation and visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Monday, December 27, 2021 at Accent Funeral Home in Meridian. A funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, December 28, 2021 at Valley Shepard Church of the Nazarene, followed by a burial at Meridian Cemetery. Everyone is invited to lunch at Valley Shepherd immediately after services.
A link for the live stream and to leave condolences to the family, please visit Jean’s web page at

Posted by Idaho Statesman on Dec 26, 2021.


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