Lila Bell Galbraith Hilliard, 84
Published in the Bonners Ferry Herald July 21, 2005
Also published on the website - Kootenai Valley Press - July 31, 2005
Lila Bell Hilliard, 84, died Tuesday, July 12, in Spokane after failing health for the last few years. A vigil service was held Friday in the Bonners Ferry Funeral Home Chapel in Bonners Ferry. Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, July 16 at St. Ann's Catholic Church with interment following at Grandview Cemetery.
Lila was born on August 10, 1920, in Limon, Colorado, the oldest child of Nettie Marie (Elston) Galbraith and Ralph Galbraith. Lila moved to Bonners Ferry with her family in 1937. She married the love of her life, John Hubert Hilliard on June 9, 1941. She and John had three children. Their oldest and only son, David James Hilliard, May 4,1942; and two daughters, Jeannette Marie August 23, 1947 and Sheryl Kay January 9,1954.
About 1960 Lila and John and seven other couples formed the square and round dance club "The Kootenai Kloggers.” They continued to be avid dancers until failing health of both of them in 1994.
Lila was a mother and homemaker most all of her life. She loved camping, huckleberry picking, cooking and her grandchildren and greatgrandchildren. She was the resident local "Avon lady" for 37 years and thoroughly enjoyed it. She donated Christmas gifts to the Restorium and nursing wing every year along with her yearly Christmas Avon open house which was attended regularly by many in the community.
Lila and John were moved to Spokane in 1999 to be closer to the girls and their families.
Lila was preceded in death by her husband, John Hubert Hilliard, in 2002; her parents Ralph and Nettie Galbraith, brothers; Lee, Gus, William, Virgil and sisters Julia and Faye.
She is survived by her son David James Hilliard and wife Nita of Bonners Ferry; daughters, Jeannette DeLisle and husband Dee of Chattaroy, Washington, and Sheryl Kay and husband Bob of Spokane; brother Willard Galbraith and wife Velma of Red Bluff, California, sisters Bessie Roberts, Vancouver, Washington; Ruby Johnson and husband Earl of Anaheim, California; Judy Spears of California and Lorena Beim of Vancouver, Washington.
She is also survived and missed by 15 grandchildren, 35 great-grandchildren, two great-great grandchildren and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
The family requests your donations be made in her memory to the Hospice of Spokane or the Alzheimer’s Research.