On Tuesday, March 4th our dear Hilda passed away peacefully at home in Orillia in her 97th year.
She was an inspiration to us all. In spite of near blindness, she continued to hook, to encourage, and take great delight in “seeing” what everyone else was working on, to joke, and to live life to the fullest. She has left behind many memories for attendees of Trent School of Rug Hooking, which she attended faithfully until just a couple of years ago. She broke her hip in the fall, but within days of leaving the hospital, came to a Sunshine meeting in a wheelchair to say hello and see what we were up to.
Although I have had a long connection with her family through music (having taught singing to 2 grandchildren, her daughter, and her son-in-law) , it was as a hooker that I got to know and love her. She will always serve as a beacon to me in the art of graciousness, enthusiasm, and loving kindness. I will miss her sweet smile, kind words. funny witticisms, and unfailing vitality.
Rest in peace my dear friend.