Josephine Lucille (Wheeler) Vaill died Dec. 10. She was the wife of 65 years to the late Willard Frederick Vaill Jr.

Mrs. Vaill was born Aug. 29, 1923, in Torrington, the daughter of the late Sol C. and Ruth E. (Smith) Wheeler.

After graduating from Litchfield High School, she furthered her education at the New York Institute of Dietetics Vocational School.

She worked as an assistant dietitian for Danbury Hospital.

Mrs. Vaill was a 4-H leader, and was very active in 4-H activities; she enjoyed working seasonally at Avalon Farms Orchard and Mount Tom State Park.

In 1954, she started working as a forest fire tower observer in Roxbury, and after 15 years was transferred to the Mohawk Fire Tower, where she became the last tower operator for the state of Connecticut in 1985.

Mrs. Vaill was a member of the Warren Congregational Church, where she taught Sunday school, sang in the choir and served as a deacon for 10 years.

She was a sixth-degree member of the Grange and had just received her 70-year certificate. She held offices in the Wichita Grange No. 132 in Warren, Housatonic Valley Pamona Grange No. 10, Tachhannuck Grange No. 100 and Litchfield Grange No. 107.

A member of the Warren Prime Timers senior group, she also enjoyed volunteering for the Washington-Warren VNA and Washington-Warren Food Bank.

Mrs. Vaill is survived by a sister, Dorothy Wheeler Maddox, of Bethlehem; a brother, Clifford S. Wheeler, of Virginia and North Carolina; two nieces, five nephews, six great-nephews, two great nieces and several great-great-nieces and nephews.

The Rowe Funeral Home in Litchfield was in charge of arrangements.

Memorials may be made to Warren Congregational Church, 4 Sackett Hill Road, Warren CT 06754.