Hille Anna Boulton|
After battling cancer, Hille Boulton passed away Nov 14th, 2012 at home, surrounded by loving family.
Hille was born in Germany April 7th 1931, the first child of Lieselotte and Walter Harms, a gymnastics teacher. After high school and a struggle with TB, Hille became a physical therapist. Following her love for mountains she worked in Bavaria, pursuing her passions for skiing, climbing and hiking in the Alps.
In 1964 Hille immigrated to America, sponsored by Dr. Alfred Bauer, a German-born Seattle physician. She studied occupational therapy and practiced at Fairfax Hospital. She joined The Mountaineers and met Ed Boulton on one of many climbs she took with the club. They married in 1973 on Mount Snoqualmie.
Hille and Eddie visited and hosted many international mountain climbers and kayakers who joined them for trips. She was adventurous, positive, full of humor, and a talented ceramicist and musician.
Hille loved her new country, but never lost contact with her homeland and family. She is greatly missed and is survived by husband Edward, sisters Maike Goettling and Heinke Henckel, brother Luehr Harms, stepchildren Karen, Douglas, and Philip Boulton, and all extended families.
Heartfelt thanks go to dedicated caregivers from Group Health Hospice and ResCare.
A private celebration of Hille's life will be held in spring.
Published in The Seattle Times on Dec. 8, 2012