GRAHAM - Mrs. Thelma Cates Hilliard, 97, of 2502 NC Highway 119 South, Mebane, NC, died at 5:30 p.m. Dec. 26, 2012 at the Presbyterian Home of Hawfields after several years of declining health.
A native of Orange County, she was a member of the First Baptist Church of Burlington and Cane Creek Baptist Church. She was very active in church Sunday School and church activities, The Roundtable Circle, Bereavement Committee and Meals on Wheels. After retiring from Western Electric, she did daycare for her grandsons.
Survivors include her daughter Susan Hilliard Martin of Chapel Hill; grandsons Josh Martin, Tucker Martin both of Chapel Hill; great-granddaughter Kenna Martin of Chapel Hill; step-granddaughter, Jennifer Chambers; and step-great-granddaughter, Kalli Tillman.
She was preceded in death by her husband William Price Hilliard; and parents Dave Cates and Vannie Cates.
The family will receive friends at the First Baptist Church of Burlington on Monday, Dec. 31, 2012 from 2 p.m. until service time at 3 p.m. with services to be held in the church chapel by Dr. Dale O. Steele. Burial will be in Alamance Memorial Park.
Mrs. Hilliard's body will remain at the McClure Funeral Home Graham until taken to the church for the service.
Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.mcclurefuneralservicenet