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Lavella Virginia Hildreth


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Lavella Virginia Hildreth Obituary
LAVELLA VIRGINIA HILDRETH

Des Moines

Memorial services for L. Virginia Hildreth, 89, who passed away Sunday, July 20, 2014 at Wesley Acres in Des Moines, will be held 10 a.m., Saturday, July 26 at the Norwalk United Methodist Church. Inurnment of cremains will be private.

Virginia was born in Des Moines to Eunice McKenzie. She started school at Maple Grove and in 1942 graduated from Lincoln High. Virginia worked at the war plant in Ankeny and at age 20 joined the WACS. In 1945, she married Donald Hildreth. Don came home from Europe in 1946 and Virginia got out of the Army on his discharge. They moved to Ames and attended school at Iowa State. After Don graduated, they moved to Moline, IL, where he was a state milk inspector. In 1954, they moved to a farm in Iowa where they lived for 46 years and Virginia enjoyed belonging to the Plainview Community Club, being a 4H leader, teaching Sunday school classes, antiquing, camping with the family and being a mother and wife. By the time they left the farm, they had eight children, seven boys and one girl. They moved to Cumming for two years and later, because of ill health, moved to The Village in Indianola. Virginia's greatest joy was her children.

Survivors include her children, Lee (Dave) Polley, Tim (Maureen), Dan (Kathy), Sam (Leisa), Joe (Aggie), Don (Renae) and daughter-in-law, Jane Hildreth; 13 grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Don; two sons Tom and Matt; brothers, Jack, Mike, Paul and Terry; and sister, Molly.

Visitation will be held from 5 to 8 p.m., Friday, July 25 at Overton Funeral Home in Indianola where family will be present to greet friends. Memorials may be given in her name to The Good Shepherd Fund at Wesley Acres in Des Moines or Norwalk United Methodist Church. Online condolences may be made at www.overtonfunerals.com.

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Published in Des Moines Register on July 23, 2014
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