Hilda Hanes Gibbons

September 02, 1909 - March 05, 2011

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Hilda Hanes Gibbons, 101, of Avilla died Saturday, March 5, 2011, at 5:45 a.m. in Provena Sacred Heart Home, Avilla.

Hilda was born on September 2nd, 1909 in Helmer (Steuben County) Indiana to Jacob and Alma Cox. She attended grade school in Helmer, later graduating from Kendallville High School in 1927. She was trained as a secretary at the International Business College in Ft. Wayne.

She married Harold Bower Hanes in September 1928 and was married for 59 years until his death in 1987. She was later married for 12 years to Richard Gibbons, who died in 2005. She lived the first 12 years of her married life in Albion, moving to Kendallville in 1941. Until fall of 2007, she resided in her residence on Arcadia Court. At that time she moved to the Provena Sacred Heart Assisted Living Facility where she resided until recently.

Hilda has 6 children: Harold Jr. (“Harry” – now deceased – survived by his widow Cleo of Kendallville), Howard (Ruth) of Glen Rock NJ, Hugh (June) of Huron OH, Hannah (Robert) Johnson of Ft. Wayne, Hal (Sue) of Pekin IL, and Hope Fey of Indianapolis. All 6 children are graduates of Kendallville High School. She has 17 grandchildren and 34 great grand children.

Hilda was the founding Director of Food Services for Kendallville High School, then later, East Noble School District for 13 years.

Both she and her husband Harold were active in Masonic orders. They were a Past Matron and Patron of the Prentiss Chapter of the Order of the Eastern Star in Albion. Later, Hilda was appointed District Deputy Grand Matron for the 17th District, then Grand Ruth of the Indiana Grand Chapter of the OES.

She has been a member of Trinity Church United Methodist in Kendallville for at least 70 years. She is also a past member of the Sigma Beta Association Kendallville Chapter.

In September 2009 over 100 friends and relatives gathered at Provena Sacred Heart Home to celebrate her 100th birthday. On that occasion, Past Grand Matron of the Grand Chapter of the OES Diann Stienbarger presented her a 75-year membership pin. She also received congratulatory letters and citations from the Mayor Suzanne Handshoe of Kendallville, the President of the Indiana Senate David Long, Governor Mitch Daniels, and President Barack Obama.

She often expressed her life-long philosophy as, “My deepest values are the 3 F’s: Faith, Family and Friends. I have great comfort and trust because of my faith in God, respect and love for my family, and the joy and happiness I’ve received from my many friends.”

The Family requests that in lieu of flowers, contributions be made to the Harold B. Hanes Scholarship Fund at Trinity Church United Methodist, Kendallville or to the Harold B. Hanes, Jr., Scholarship Fund at East Noble High School, Kendallville.

Funeral services will be Tuesday, March 8, 2011, at 11 a.m. in Trinity Church United Methodist, Kendallville with Pastor G. Scott Pattison officiating. Burial will be in Lake View Cemetery, Kendallville.

Calling is Monday, March 7, 2011, from 4 to 7 p.m. in Young Family Funeral Home, Kendallville Chapel, 222 South State Street, Kendallville. An Eastern Star service will be held at 7 p.m.

View a video tribute after Monday or send condolences to the family at www.youngfamilyfuneralhome.com

Guest Book

Brent Johnson
March 9th, 2011 8:15pm
Fort Wayne

What a wonderful tribute the last few days to my Grandmother. Thank you all for your prayers, concerns and best wishes. She was truly a "one of a kind" lady and I will miss her very much

Marcia Miller
March 9th, 2011 1:39am

Thinking of all of you with love. Fondly, Marcia

Arlene Kurtz and family
March 8th, 2011 9:23pm
Kendallville IN

My sincere sympathy to the family of Hilda. What a great lady! In every sense of the word. I feel privileged to have worked with her and to be counted as one of her many friends. May God grant you peace! Arlene Kurtz & Family

Pat Cochard
March 8th, 2011 1:39pm
Schaumburg, IL

I am sorry I cannot be there to express my sympathy to the Hanes Family. I so enjoyed Hilda and the good times we shared when my Mother, my Aunt Dode and others would gather and sometimes pie was included. She made me laugh and I know she will do the same for others in her heavenly home. What a lady - she will be missed. May God give You all strength and courage at this difficult time.

Janis Graves Campbell
March 8th, 2011 3:31am

Loved the video!! So many happy memories! My sympathies to all the family.

Duane Hanes
March 7th, 2011 6:38pm

Dear Cousins, Was sorry to hear about the loss of you mother. She was a good mother and did a fine job raising and educating all of you. She and mom had a good relationship and we will miss them both. (especially their cooking) They will be together in heaven with the rest of our family. Will be thinking about you as you go through this trying time.

Diana Kantor
March 7th, 2011 2:57pm
Asheville, NC

Andrea, I'm so sorry to hear about the passing of your grandmother. It sounds like she lived a long and happy life. My deepest sympathies to you and your family.

March 7th, 2011 1:12am

She was one of my favorite people. Deepest condolences to you all.

Joann ( Hanes) Wallace
March 6th, 2011 10:39pm
Rantoul, IL

I send my love and sympathy to such a wonderful family. I have so many good memories of aunt Hilda and uncle Harold. She and my mother had a long and wonderful life.

Bart H. Dye
March 6th, 2011 9:44pm

My Sincere regrets on the passing of Hilda. The Hanes family has been a long and valued friend of the Dye Family via the Eastern Star. With Best Regards, Bart

Betty/Larry Allen
March 6th, 2011 1:37am

To all the Hanes Family Our deapest symphathy to you all--nothing but very positive and happy memories of Hilda and Harold(secret Masonic handshakes included). Our thoughts and prayers are with you--sorry we can't be there with you. Betty and Larry