Hilda Rae Batson
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Following a brief illness, Hilda Rae Batson, 78, died on September 28, 2013, at Forrest General Hospital.
Hilda is preceded in death by her parents and beloved husband, Maurice Batson.
She is survived by her son, Charles Batson of the Carnes Community in Mississippi; her daughter, Judith Batson Gilmore of Houston, Texas; her son-in-law, Kyle Gilmore; her granddaughter, Lauren P. Gilmore, who was a great joy to both Hilda and Maurice as well as many friends.
Hilda graduated from the University of Southern Mississippi in 1956. She was a retired middle school librarian who took great joy in teaching her students about books and reading. As a librarian, she was creative and forward thinking. She worked hard to reach children that others did not think were able to succeed. Hilda was a devoted wife and mother who loved her husband and her family above all else. She lived her life according to her faith and was always there to help and comfort her family and friends. Hilda was smart and funny, kind, sincere and gracious to those around her. She made a difference in the lives of those she touched. She was loved. She will be missed.
Memorials may be made to the Blair E. Batson Hospital for Children in Jackson, MS.
Visitation will begin at 10:30 AM on Friday, October 4, 2013, with services being at 11:30 AM at Hulett-Winstead Funeral Home.
Hulett-Winstead Funeral Home
205 Bay Street Hattiesburg, MS 39401
Published in the Hattiesburg American on Oct. 2, 2013