Joanne Hinchliff , a Fallbrook resident and avocado grower from 1945 until 1975, died on July 31, 2014. Born in Los Angeles, Calif. on January 25, 1921, she was the eldest and only surviving child of the late Walter S. Davis and Alice (Mumper) Davis, and the widow of the late Ralph Hinchliff Jr., who predeceased her in 1984.
She is survived by her children, Helen Hinchliff of Salt Spring Island, British Columbia; Nicholas Hinchliff (Ellen) of Garden Grove; Christopher Hinchliff (Rosaura) of Fallbrook; and Timothy Hinchliff of Julian, as well as numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.
Despite adversity and as a mature student, Joanne completed a bachelor’s degree from the University of California at Riverside and a master’s degree from San Diego State University, specializing in cultural geography and anthropology. She was one of the first 10 instructors at Mt. San Jacinto Community College when it opened in 1963. She retired in 1990. Thereafter, she traveled widely, led tours, and held state-wide office in the Oregon and California Trail Association. She commenced writing her memoirs while in her eighties.
In 1975, she moved to Hemet, Calif., returning to Fallbrook in 2011, soon after her 90th birthday. She lived at Silvergate, an assisted living facility, and made many friends there. During the last week of her life, she lived at Golden Gardens, a board and care facility in Fallbrook, where she felt thoroughly at home in her room in a house on a hill with a view of Fallbrook’s lovely rolling hills and the mountains beyond. It was a dream come true and her last few days were peaceful ones.
The family wish to extend their thanks to her friends and caregivers at Silvergate; to Dr. Daniel Manring and the entire team of Fallbrook Hospice; and to David and Catalina McKinney and the staff at Golden Gardens for the gracious and loving care they all gave her.
A celebration of her life will take place this winter at Aguacaliente County Park in her beloved Anza Borrego State Park.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to the Mt. San Jacinto College Foundation in the name of Joanne Hinchliff.