Hilda was one of 9 siblings. She married Henry after she graduated from Mennonite Educational Institute, Abbotsford, B.C. They had their firstborn, Jo-Ann in B.C. and later moved to Ontario where their other 4 children were born. After moving back to B.C., Hilda played piano and involved herself with the church. She loved crocheting for those she held dear and listening to classical music, which moved her spirit upwards every day.