It is with sadness we announce the passing of Hilda Irene Murray. Hilda struggled for the past many years with Alzheimer’s disease. She slowly gave up the complex tasks and things she had loved for years. She was supported in her final years by the staff of Northern Home Care then at Dunrovin Park Lodge.
Hilda is survived by her husband George, her sister Bernice, her children Les(Marie) Murray, Nancy (Nathan Kew) and Wendy (Mark) Forsythe. Hilda & George have 8 grandchildren; Austin, Alexi, Bryce, Lance, Matthew, Allison, Natalie and Geordy. She was predeceased by her parents. Her sister Norah, and Granddaughter Miranda.
Hilda was born and raised in Kamloops. She went to Normal School in Victoria, then came to Quesnel to teach in 1950. She taught at Quesnel Elementary School. Hilda & George started their life together in a very small log cabin in the Red Bluff Auto-court. They built a house together in the Red Bluff Area, then moved to their place on Dragon Lake, where they lived for many years. Hilda also worked as a District Itinerant Learning Assistance Teacher at many area schools including Kersley, Pinecrest & Strathnaver Schools. In her final years she was “the grade 3 teacher” at Red Bluff Elementary from the 1980’s to her retirement in 1992. Many former students have told us she was their favourite! Hilda was also active in support of the QDTA in her many years teaching.
One of Hilda’s biggest joys was children, her nine grandchildren brought her light and laughter. She was also blessed to have five great grandchildren. Mom and Dad really enjoyed their years of travelling in their RV as well as many other trips. Hilda loved decorating and gardening at their beautiful home on Dragon Lake. She spent many hours scrapbooking her school and family photos.
Hilda taught Sunday School at St. Andrews United in her retirement until she was sure she had taught each of her grandchildren. She was an active member of the congregation at St. Andrews United Church for many years. Hilda also served on the board for the Child Development Center, was a member of the local Kidney Foundation and participated in classes at the Rec Center for people with Osteoporosis. On behalf of George we would like to thank the community for their support in the years of her decline. Anyone who wishes may donate to the Quesnel & District Child Development Center in Hilda’s memory.