Hilda Louise Lenston

“You may be out of sight, we may be worlds apart but you are always on our minds and forever in our hearts.”

Hilda Louise Lenston, age 85, passed away on Nov. 6, 2019 at Mt. Grant General Hospital. She was a resident of Hawthorne for 75 years. She was born on May 30, 1934 in Alexandria, La. to Oscar and Elvira Gordon. Hilda came to Hawthorne in 1944 when her father was hired at the Naval Ammunition Depot (NAD). On Jan. 23, 1954 she married George Jack Lenston, Jr. George and Hilda were married 55 years until George’s death on Nov. 10, 2009.

While she and George raised their family, she worked at NAD during the 1970’s and then for Day & Zimmermann Basil in 1980 until 1995. Hilda believed in education and pursued completing her education when she received her high school diploma from Mineral County High School on June 6, 1977.

Hilda loved gardening. She was a member of the Garden Club and every year, when she was able, she would plant her vegetable garden. She also loved tennis. There were several players she enjoyed watching but Roger Federer and Serena Williams were her two favorites. She and George enjoyed fishing and camping and would travel to many “fishing holes” in Nevada and California. Hilda led a quiet life but did enjoy a trip to Hawaii in 2014 for her 80th birthday and cherished the visits from family and friends.

Hilda was preceded in death by her parents, Oscar and Elvira; husband, George; brother, Oscar (Skip); sister, Mildred; baby son; baby daughter and daughter, Gloria. She is survived by son, Michael; daughter, Crista; grandsons, Rodney and Jason; seven great-grandchildren, four great-great grandchildren, five nieces and eight nephews.

Services will be held on Friday, Nov. 15 at 11 a.m. at Gunter’s Funeral Home Chapel.