1933 – 2024
On February 5, 2024 Hilda Peters MacMillan passed away at 90 years old. Hilda was predeceased in 2019 by her husband Ken MacMillan. Prior to his death, Hilda and Ken had been lovingly married for sixty-three years. They had three children: Ali, Kim, Leanne (Bill); 5 grandchildren: Dexter, Kaleb (Kamiko) and Bridget MacMillan, Brenna and Tess Willette; 2 greatgrandchildren: Porter and Makena MacMillan.
Hilda was the last of the children of Susanna and Cornelius Peters of Superb, Saskatchewan. She is predeceased by her siblings: Arthur, Oscar, Herbert, Harry, Alice and Frieda. Hilda was raised Mennonite and later joined the Coleville United Church. Hilda and Ken farmed 4 miles 'due north’ of Coleville, Saskatchewan, retired to Turtle Lake, and then moved to St. Albert, Alberta.
Hilda held a huge amount of love for her family and friends. She once commented that she had to start going to bed earlier because it was taking her such a long time to pray for all of the people that she cared for. She deeply mourned over the deaths of neighbours, in-laws, nieces & nephews and all she cared for who were taken too soon.
As well as farming, Hilda was a hard-working Certified Nursing Assistant at the Kerrobert Union Hospital for 24 years and drove from the farm to town through snowstorms, thunder & lightning, early morning, and late at night. In her words: “I worked for progress; the right for staff to wear more comfortable colourful pant uniforms instead of dresses, pressed for job share shifts for women with children at home and lobbied for no smoking in the hospital for the health of staff and patients.”
It seemed like Hilda never stopped-- from the Hospital to hauling grain, tending the large garden to visiting someone who was grieving. She never missed her daily walk even on hectic days. In her retirement, she continued her busy life. She was a social butterfly who baked for fundraisers, decorated the church and loved to garden. Hilda was a determined soul who never did anything halfway. Her flowers knew that they were expected to bloom beautifully every year and did so without fail.
After the death of her husband, Hilda’s health declined rapidly. She entered into long term care in 2020 at the Citadel Care Centre in St. Albert, where she was treated with a huge measure of respect and care from all the staff. As a social butterfly, Hilda attended many events of the Recreation department. She loved the musical offerings! If you wish to donate in her memory please send to: Citadel Care Centre- Resident Recreation Program, 25 Erin Ridge Road, St. Albert T8N 7K8.
A graveside service will be held on Saturday, May 11th at 1:00 pm, in Coleville Cemetery with refreshments to follow at the Coleville Legion Hall.
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Foster & McGarvey Funeral Home