It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our Mother on Thursday, September 22, 2016 at the age of 94. We rejoice for she is now in heaven with her Lord.
Predeceased by her loving husband David in 1991, Hilda will be greatly missed and lovingly remembered by her daughter: Madelin (Phillip), sons: Reg (Arlene), Lyle (Lorraine) & Mike (Nil); Grandchildren: Eileen (Glenn), Tony (Linda), Steve & Shawn (Kelly); Great-Grandchildren: Morgan, Taryn & Ava; Step-Grandchildren: Rhonda (Roger), Loren (Tammy) & Corey (Chrystal); Step-Great-Grandchildren: Shaillee (Lance), Tabitha, Michael, Jesse, Mikaila, Kierra, Kaitlin, Jocelyn, Darian & Branden; Step-Great-Great-Grandchildren: Emily, Peyton & Elliot; and many cousins, nephews and nieces.
Hilda was born to Abraham and Sarah (née Peters) Neufeld in Saskatoon, SK and raised along with brother Ben in the Lost River/Codette area of SK. She married David in 1941 and they moved to Prince George, BC in 1951. Following her retirement from her job as a Nurse’s Aide at the Prince George Regional Hospital in 1986, she and David moved to Comox to be near family. In 1991 they celebrated their 50th Wedding Anniversary and in November of that year David passed away.
Hilda lived a life of faith. She was a very giving person always thinking of others, be it family, friends or those she did not know. She had a heart for missions, and generously gave of her time and money supporting those in distant lands (having sponsored many children throughout the years) and those which were close to home (the local Youth for Christ). For years and well into her 80’s, she regularly made cinnamon buns for the RCMP in both Prince George and Courtenay to show her appreciation for law and order, recognizing the challenges they had to protect us. Hilda’s favourite pastime was knitting and she loved to play Skipbo given any opportunity. Hilda particularly enjoyed cats and her favourite was Smokey, a stray who wandered into her life one day. Hilda was independent and didn’t like a lot of fuss, and Smokey was the same. They accepted that about each other and became good friends. Hilda liked cars a lot and nothing gave her greater pleasure than going for a drive. She had a keen eye for nice cars and knew the names of most of them. Hilda had a quiet sense of humour and regularly told us she was very content with her life.
We wish to extend our special thanks to Dr. Douglas Anderson and the caring staff at St. Joseph’s General Hospital and Eagleview.
In keeping with Hilda’s wishes, a Memorial Service will be held on Monday, October 3, 2016 at 2:00 p.m. at Courtenay Fellowship Baptist Church (2963 Lake Trail Road) with interment by her husband David’s side at Courtenay Civic Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Hilda’s name to the Gideon’s Bible Society (P.O. Box 3619, Guelph, Ontario N1H 7A2 or online http://www.gideons.ca/donate/default.aspx). Please join us in remembering Hilda by visiting our memorial at www.piercysmtwashingtonfuneral.com