Anna Marie Hilton died Tuesday, November 13, 2012 at the Menno Olivet Care Center. She fought a good fight in her struggle with Huntington's Disease and now is in the loving presence of the God of the universe, Jesus Christ.
She was born November 5, 1937, in Mitchell, the daughter of Herman John and Anna Marie (Wraspir) Uhrich. She graduated from Mitchell High School on May 27, 1955. Anna obtained an undergraduate degree in education at Dakota Wesleyan University in 1959. She pursued further education at the graduate level at Northern State University in Aberdeen.
She married Wm. Clark Hilton on June 1, 1960, in Mitchell. The couple lived in Newcastle, Wyoming at the beginning of their marriage where Ann began her teaching career. However, they decided to return to White Lake where they would reside for about 23 years. Then in 1984 they moved to Lake Norden, where they would reside for the next 17 years until Ann entered the nursing home in 2001.
She was an active member of the United Methodist Church in White Lake and the Evangelical Covenant Church in Lake Norden. She enjoyed music, reading, outdoor activities and being a dynamic member of the local community. Ann served on the White Lake City Council and the White Lake School Board. Although she started out with an elementary education teaching profession, most of her career would be spent as a nurturing homemaker raising four children.
She is survived by her husband, Clark, of Lake Norden, daughter Tricia Wempe and husband, Patrick, of Arkadelphia, AR; three sons: Birch Hilton of Yankton, Wes Hilton and wife Kerry, of Sioux Falls and Emory Hilton and wife Angie, McAlester, OK; ten grandchildren, Chase Hilton and wife, Alexandra, Abby Hilton, and Alex Hilton, all of Greeley, CO, Autumn Hilton, of Sioux Falls and Lily Hilton of Sioux Falls, Mason Hilton , Madison Hilton both of McAlester, OK, Angelmaa Wempe of Arkadelphia, AR, Gabriella Wempe of Arkadelphia, AR and Michaella Wempe of Arkadelphia, AR, brothers: Victor, Pensacola, FL, Dwight, Garland, TX, John, Minneapolis. MN, Gilbert, Yankton; sisters: Lillian Haug, Lake Norden, Fern Mason, Clinton, MO, Colleen Beachler, Tucson, AZ; and numerous nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; siblings, Marge Leach and Clifford Uhrich, two nephews: Daniel Uhrich Elfring and Randall Leach; and three sisters-in-laws, Carol Fosness, Patricia Uhrich and Ruth Uhrich.
Anna was a smart and beautiful woman that left a Godly legacy.
Memorials are preferred and can be made to the Menno-Olivet Care Center, PO Box 487,
Menno SD, 57045 or Huntington’s Disease Society of America, Sioux Valley Chapter,
PO Box 2675, Sioux Falls, SD 57101.