Hildegard ‘Hilda’ White

Hildegard White


Aug. 31, 1914 — Nov. 25, 2016

Hilda was born to German-Russian immigrants, John and Dorthea Krein, on Aug. 31, 1914, on the family farm near McClusky, North Dakota. Stories of threshing wheat, rounding up the cattle and other daily chores were her favorite memories of growing up on the farm.

From the age of 6 through eighth grade, Hilda attended school in a one-room school house. She was the oldest of seven children: Robert, Antonia, Olivia, Violet, Norma and Marvin. In her teen years she was housekeeper for a family, and helped at a restaurant. She enjoyed visiting with friends and attending polka dances at their farms. At the age of 22 she graduated from Christie Beauty School in Bismarck, North Dakota.

She moved with her family to Selah, Washington, in 1936. On July 3, 1938, Hilda married Jess White. Partners in work and marriage, together they owned and operated a barber and beauty shop and built many homes in Selah. They had three daughters: Judith, Janet and Jacqueline.

Hilda was an active member of the Selah United Methodist Church and the women’s guild. After retirement, she and Jess enjoyed traveling, camping, fishing and visiting family in the Northwest. In 1994, three years after Jess died, she moved to Seaside, Oregon, to be near family.

Hilda was a cherished resident of the Carlyle Apartments for 22 years. In Seaside, she was a docent at the Seaside Museum, volunteered at the county food bank, and belonged to the senior craft group at the community center. Church being a vital part of her life, Hilda became an active member of the Cannon Beach Community Church. She kept physically active with water exercise classes and daily walks.

Hilda found the most enjoyment spending time with family and friends, and her involvement with church activities. Hilda’s interest in the well-being of her children and grandchildren was expressed through her participation in their lives. She will always be remembered for her ready smile, generous spirit, positive attitude, tenacity, her faith in God and the inherent good in people.

She is survived by her three daughters and their spouses, Judy LeBlanc (David), Janet Allen (Ethan) and Jacqueline Simila; her brother, Marvin Krein (Barbara); sister in-law Frances Krein; brother in-law Don Wetzel; 10 grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.

A celebration of life will be at Cannon Beach Community Church, 132 E. Washington St., in Cannon Beach, on Jan. 21 at 2 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be given to the Cannon Beach Community Church Deacon’s Fund; Food 4 Kids Program, P.O. Box 2611, Gearhart, OR 97138; or a charity of your choice.

Hughes-Ransom Mortuary and Crematory in Seaside is in charge of the arrangements. Please visit www.hughes-ransom.com to share memories and sign the guest book.


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