Hilda Avery, age 94 of Osakis died on Sunday, January 21, 2007 at the Community Memorial Home in Osakis.
Hilda was born on Christmas Eve, December 24, 1912 in Hitchcock, South Dakota to Oscar and Hannah (Eldeen) Johnson. She grew up in Hitchcock and on February 2, 1933 was united in marriage to Robert Leeland Avery. They came to Minnesota and farmed for a time near Pequot Lakes. They later moved to a farm near Eagle Bend/ Bertha and farmed there for 30 years before selling and moving to California. While living in California, they especially liked to take excursions down into Mexico. After five years out west, the Averys returned to Minnesota and settled in Osakis in 1969.
Hilda was a wonderful mother and grandma. She loved to bake and made wonderful pies and preserves. She enjoyed fishing, playing cards, garage sales and cheering for the Minnesota Twins. She loved to work in her garden and did a lot of canning each fall. One of her favorite past times was being with her grandchildren. She enjoyed her time at the nursing home and loved it when they started the exercise program. She had worked up to seven minutes on the 'new-step' bike and held to the motto that you are 'never to old to get stronger.' Hilda was a kind and loving mother, grandma and sister who will be dearly missed by her family.
She is survived by her daughters, Gloria Avery of Osakis, Linda (Alan) Tweet of Coon Rapids, Jean (Helmer) Wright of Osakis; 8 grandchildren; 5 great grandchildren; three brothers, Gustave Johnson of CO, John and George (Mable) Johnson, both of CA; one sister, Helen Fosdick, also of CA; many nieces and nephews.
Hilda is preceded in death by her husband, Robert; a son, Ronald Avery; a granddaughter, Cassandra Lynch; a great grandchild, Tayib Nash; her son-in-law, Jimmy Morgan; 3 brothers, Carl, Swen and Joseph (Ole) Johnson.
A memorial service will be held for Hilda on Thursday, January 25 at 11:00 am at the Roy-Hetland Funeral Chapel in Osakis with Chad Schwanke presiding. Music is provided by Dana and Ginger Hetland and a lunch will follow the service and will be served by the First Presbyterian women in their fellowship hall.