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Shirley Hildebrand

January 19, 1942 — December 30, 2021

Shirley Hildebrand

MORTON – Shirley A. Hildebrand, 79, passed away on Thursday, December 30, 2021, at Apostolic Christian Restmor in Morton.

She was born on January 19, 1942, in Norton, Kan., to Charles and Thelma (Shay) Rumold.
Surviving are one son, Mark Hildebrand; one daughter, Leah (Chris) Hughs; two grandchildren, Madelyn Hughs, and Tyler Hughs; one sister, Joyce (Sam) Todd; and one nephew, Scott (Krystyna) Lampe.
She was preceded in death by one niece, Tina Lampe.
Shirley graduated from Eastern Illinois University with a degree in Chemistry. She was nominated as one of six top Chemistry students in Illinois while attending EIU. She was a chemistry teacher for over 30 years at Morton High School, retiring in 2003. There, she was the recipient of the “Favorite Teacher” award several times, as voted on by her students. For many years she devoted extra time to coaching the JETS academic team at MHS-often bringing home trophies.
Shirley loved gardening and kept beautiful floral and vegetable gardens around her home. She also tended a Christmas tree farm on her property, and up until this past year, would shape and shear the trees herself.
When she was able, Shirley enjoyed traveling to many different places. She loved to read anything she could get her hands on and was a pro at the most extreme versions of Sudoku. She loved her children and grandchildren very much and was always ready for a game of Uno with them.
She will be greatly missed, and we look forward to the day when we are reunited.
Cremation rites will be accorded. No service will be held.
In lieu of flowers, memorials should be made to Morton United Methodist Church in Morton, Morton Christian Church, or TAPS.
Knapp-Johnson Funeral Home and Cremation Center in Morton is handling arrangements.
Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.knappjohnson.com.

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