Mary Gill, 81, who performed in rodeos before becoming a rancher in her later years, died June 25, 2014, in Billings.
Born in 1933 in Prosser, Wash., she was an avid horsewoman in her early life and was appointed to the Queen’s Court of the Kennewick Rodeo as a teenager, representing one of eastern Washington’s largest communities. She participated in rescue riding competitions on the rodeo circuit with her father, Harold “Doc” Heady. She also was a prize-winning barrel-racer and pillar-racer.
While attending Prosser High School, she met her late husband, William “Bill” Hill. After Mr. Hill died in 1971, she married James “Jim” Gill and moved to Denton to start a new life as a rancher with him. They lived there until his death in 2007.
A few years later, Mary moved to Billings to be near her daughter, Julie Zormeir. She is also survived by a son, Neil Hill, of Redmond, Wash., and three grandchildren.
A family graveside service will be held in Denton. Arrangements are by Cremation & Funeral Gallery.
Contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association of America.