Annie Marie Hillwas born October 31st,1936 in Selma,Alabama, the oldest of Ed and Ola Mae Massey's children.Annie displayed her independent nature from an early age.When Annie was a young girl ,her parents moved the family to Grand Coulee, Washington where her father helped build the Grand Coulee Dam. The family then moved to Vanport,Oregon where her father worked in the shipyards to support the World War 11 efforts. After the Vanport flood of 1948 destroyed the city, the Massey family settled in North Portland During her senior year of high school, Annie married Bob Hill,Sr. She proudly graduated from Jefferson High School in 1955 and gave birth to her first son, Bobby Jr., in August of that year. Her second son, Kyle,was born in 1957, and her youngest son, Craig, was born in 1960.
When Annie's marriage ended, she accepted a job as a key punch operator with the Greyhound bus company in San Francisco, where she worked for nearly 20 years. Her children remained in Portland with her parents, and Annie sent them round-trip bus tickets for visits every summer. After returning to Portland in the late 1970's, Annie was employed at Central City Concern and Transition Projects, when both organizations were in their early stages of growth. In 2009, Annie retired from her final position, as a permits coordinator for the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality.
Annie was a devoted mother and grandmother affectionately known by friends and family members as "Mommie."An avid reader of books,and a movie buff; she shared those passions with many. She especially enjoyed staying up late and watching horror movies with her grandchildren when they were young. Annie loved to travel and would take off to the coast at the drop of a hat! She also enjoyed cooking, and often shared her favorite recipes. On holidays, it wasn't uncommon to walk into the kitchen and see her wearing an apron with a soup ladle in hand singing to her favorites: oldies but goodies - R & B music.
Annie was preceded in death by her beloved parentsi her oldest brother Zannie Robison; her sister Eddie Mae Lincoln; and her long-time significant other, Marvin Hopkins. She is survived by her brother John Massey Sr.; her sons BobbyJr (and his wife Necey), Kyle, and Craig; her stepson Wayne West; and 10 grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren and a host of nieces, nephews, and close friends. Annie will rest for eternity with the parents she so deeply loved