Hilda K. Dunham

Born: Tue., Jan. 14, 1930
Died: Wed., Jul. 14, 2021


10:00 AM to 11:00 AM, Sat., Jul. 17, 2021
Location: First Christian Church

Funeral Service

11:00 AM Sat., Jul. 17, 2021
Location: First Christian Church

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Hilda Kathleen Dunham, age 91, of Griggsville, IL passed away peacefully early July 14, 2021 at Griggsville Estates, Griggsville, IL.  Hilda was born January 14, 1930.  She was one of six daughters of Leland and Clara Sloan Williams of Detroit, IL.  Surviving sisters include Enid Kiser of Crystal Lake, IL and Joan (Robert) Phillips of Clinton, IL.  Preceding Hilda in death were her parents, and sisters, Mildred and Charlie Niebur, Jane and Jack Spangenburg, and Barbara Letterman.

Hilda graduated from Pittsfield High School where she was a cheerleader.  She married Leo Dwight Dunham December 4, 1949 and he preceded her in an early untimely death April 8, 1968.  His passing left Hilda on the farm with her three sons, age 16, 12 and 6.  That first summer, Hilda and sons joined the Donny and Carlene Dunham family for a driving vacation to Colorado.

Surviving are her three sons: Leo “Dwight” (Judi) Dunham of Pittsfield, Steve (Trella) Dunham of rural Griggsville, and Scott (Alicia) Dunham of Griggsville.  Hilda was so happy to be a grandmother.  Surviving are Tasha (Justin) Poggemiller of Griggsville, Preston (Bethany) Dunham of Griggsville, Wesley (Lindsay) Dunham of rural Griggsville, and Skyler Dunham of Pittsfield.  She was preceded in death by the passing of her first grandchild, Courtney Dunham on May 4, 2021 at age 40.  Hilda enjoyed attending all the sporting events and dance recitals of her grandchildren.  Great grandchildren include: Zane and Parker Poggemiller of Griggsville, Knox and Rorie Dunham of Griggsville, Leo, Ella, and Molly Dunham of rural Griggsville.  They were Great Grandma Hilda’s pride and joy.  Hilda dearly loved her nieces and nephews from her sisters, the Nieburs, Lettermans, Kisers, and Phillips.  Many survive and recall fun times on the farm.

Hilda married Lewis Dell September 18, 1982.  She enjoyed traveling across the United States with Lewis. He preceded her in death.

In her earlier years, Hilda worked at the Pittsfield shoe factory.  After her sons were older, she worked at P.N. Hirsch, Red Dome Inn as Hostess, and Hardees.  For most of her life, she was a farm wife, working on the farm with Leo and then with her sons.  She loved her family dearly and was active in school events, PTA, and attending her sons’ many sporting events.  Hilda enjoyed gardening and continued with flower gardening after retirement.  She was an avid St. Louis Cardinals fan, watching every game on TV. Her favorite color is red and she said, “I want people to wear red or Cardinal shirts to my funeral.”  Hilda is a member of the First Christian Church in Pittsfield.  She sang in the church choir and was a requested singer for many funerals.

Hilda’s life was enriched by the very caring staff and owner Lori Bradshaw of the Griggsville Estates.  Lori was like a daughter to Hilda.  Hilda enjoyed the activities and trips the Estates offered and she especially enjoyed porch watching for LSSD and 3D trucks going by.

Funeral services will be held on Saturday, July 17, 2021 at 11:00 AM at the Pittsfield First Christian Church.  Interment will follow at Pittsfield West Cemetery.  Visitation will be held on Saturday prior to the service at the church from 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM.  Memorials are suggested to be made to Pittsfield West Cemetery or Griggsville Estates.  Online condolences may be left to the family at www.nieburfh.com.  Niebur Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.

Charitable donations may be made in Hilda's memory to the following organizations:

Griggsville Estates

Pittsfield West Cemetery

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David & Viki White Family
   Posted Wed July 14, 2021
Our thoughts and prayers are with the family.

Gary Guthrie
   Posted Wed July 14, 2021
Are condolences.. We are so sorry for your loss

Loree Sapp
   Posted Wed July 14, 2021
So sorry for your loss. She was a great lady. Prayers for everyone

Cynthia Waters
   Posted Thu July 15, 2021
I can still hear her, Steve, & Scottie letting the refs know that they didn’t agree with some calls. Love & hugs to all of Hilda’s family!

Ray and Judy Davenport
   Posted Thu July 15, 2021
Our thoughts and condolences to all your family as we remember Hilda.

Joan(Niebur) and Jack Ickes
   Posted Fri July 16, 2021
Dear Dwight, Steve, Scott, and families,

Remembering wonderful and fun days with Aunt Hilda, Uncle Leo and all of you at the "Dunham farm". My fondest memories of your mom is her "story telling"--with vivid and lively gestures that would have her nieces and nephews in "stitches".
Story telling, I believe, is a gift each of you received from her.

With deep love,
Cousin Joanie and Jack and Joanie's sons

Jeff & Meredith Younh
   Posted Sat July 17, 2021
Dunham Family,

So sorry to hear the sad news of the passing of Great Aunt Hilda. Always enjoyed the sense of peace, joy and laughter when being around Hilda. She always made each gathering of the family energetic, fun and welcoming to anyone. She was always very active and full of spunk.. She is finally happy and at home with all the great loved ones that have gone before us, Truly at Peace now.. Love the Young’s

   Posted Sat July 17, 2021
To the Dunham family,

I am sorry to hear of your lose of Hilda so soon after Courtney. I will keep all of you in my prayers. If you need anything, let me know and I will try to help.

God bless you all,
Mike Wagner

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