Hilda E. Kilgren
August 5, 1919 ~ April 12, 2014
Hilda Kilgren, of Creston, died peacefully on April 12, 2014, at the age of 94.
Hilda was born in Montana and raised from early childhood in the Estonian community near Stettler, Alberta. She trained in Edmonton for her career as a secretary and bookkeeper, then moved to Vancouver where she worked at the Vancouver Sun newspaper. Hilda married Oscar Kilgren in Vancouver in November, 1944 and moved with him back to his family farm in Riverview, just outside of Creston. She and Oscar worked hard to establish their own acreage and farmed there for over 50 years, transforming the raw bush into the country home she loved. She also worked as a bookkeeper in several local businesses over the years and was very involved in the local community, helping to found her neighbourhood Riverview Ratepayers’ Association. Hilda served as secretary/treasurer for the Lister Women’s Institute for many years and was active in the Rockhounds, Serenity Group, and Crest View Auxiliary.
Although Hilda had many, many health challenges throughout her life, she remained optimistic, mentally active, and very informed throughout. She was a genuine lifelong learner, even managing to master basic computer skills late in life.
Hilda loved the Lord and recognized the power of prayer, praying daily for her family and friends.
She was predeceased by her brother Elmer and her husband Oscar.
Hilda is survived by two daughters, Thea (Peter) McLennan, and Brenda (Vic) Schamehorn; two grandsons and one great-grandson.
A Memorial Service and Interment of Ashes at Forest Lawn Cemetery, Erickson, BC will be held in early May.
Friends wishing to make a memorial contribution may do so to P.A.W.S., 2805 Lower Wynndel Rd., Creston, BC V0B 1G8 or to the Creston Valley Wildlife Centre, P.O. Box 640, Creston, BC V0B 1G0.