Hilda ClancyOctober 16, 1922 ~ February 9, 2017 (age 94)
Memorial Contributions in lieu of flowers in Hilda's name may be made to Providence Hospice.
Hilda and I have been sister-in-laws for 34 years.
After Don died in 1992, although Hilda did not drive, rode Tri Met to get around. Don's brother Cecil and his family escorted her by car on many occasions, especially Niece Pam. Ray and I helped a little the fist few years, but as Hilda aged and slowed down, needed a little more help. In the mid 90's Ray and I were retired and able to give Hilda a little more help. She bemoaned he fact that she could no longer ride the city bus system because she could not step high enough to the curve (curb in our interpretation). We all pitched in to take her shopping, for dinner, and to doctor appointments. She and I love Chinese and shared many happy hours over a bowl of chow mein. Hilda was not down for the count during the early 2000's. She traveled by Tri Met Lift when she needed to move around, she was very stubborn and was determined to maintain her independence.
Diabetes caught up with Hilda right around 2010 and was so determined to live, she followed doctor's orders to the maximum and lost over 20 pounds in the process. No more chocolate and rich German food from the Edelweiss Delicatessen. Although she could no longer eat that kind of food, every Christmas she bought her family and friends delicacies from the Edelweiss. She never forgot the mailman or her lift driver. I especially loved the egg nog, delicious and well fortified! Hilda also always had a bowl of chocolates for Ray when we visited, although all she could eat was the sugar free stuff.
Hilda was a prolific crochet artist, she was always working on something: hats, scarfs, and many prayer shawls that were donated to the church. She also crochted afghans, and just about any doily or table setting item you could imagine. Don said riding in their car was like sitting in their living room because she had crocheted seat covers from top to bottom.
We spent many Christmases with Hilda, it was her favorite time of year. She had several Christmas trees and decorations everywhere. Decorating started just after Thanksgiving and was up until after New Years Day. She loved singing stuffed animals and whimsical Christmas decorations that she'd find on QVC. OPB was another favorite channel and she especially enjoyed the Downton Abby series. We would talk about every episode the next day. Hilda also loved scary movies, any Frankenstein, or Werewolf movie was right up her alley.
A few years ago, I asked if she'd like to look at assisted living residences, she folded her arms and gave me the icy stare. OK, that was not going to fly. Her retort was "I like my own company" I could not argue with that. Hilda was determined to stay in her own home, Don's slippers were still under her bed. When she'd had enough of any conversation, she'd say "that's all to it".