Hilda Marie Woods Friend, beloved wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother, sister and mamaw passed peacefully from this life at home on March 20, 2016. She was 76 years old.
Hilda was born the 7 th of 8 children on June 10, 1939 to parents, Harry S. Woods and Mary Dale Dyer Woods, in Cowen, West Virginia. She graduated from Cowen High School in 1958 and married her sweetheart, Harold “Scott” Friend on July 11, 1959. Shortly after marrying they moved to Seattle, Washington where they had 2 children, Gregory Scott and Steven Joseph. Years later they moved back to West Virginia where they had their third child, Teresa Mary.
Hilda and children traveled across the country with Scott who was a printer by trade before his retirement. From 1969 to 2002 the family lived in Richmond and Woodbridge, VA where the couple raised their children and became engaged in their community. Hilda and Scott moved to Farmville, VA when Scott retired in 2002.
Hilda spent her life as a homemaker, mother and top notch assistant to Scott in his business. She was an Eastern Star for over 50 years and held the title of Worthy Matron, the highest title of Robert Morris #150 OES. She was a member of Pamplin Chapter #58, in Pamplin, VA.
Hilda will always be remembered for her ability to look for the good in people and her deep abiding faith in God, which she shared with her husband and passed on to her children. She was always one to count her blessings, even in the midst of times of struggle. Throughout the course of her illness she often said, “All my life has been blessings” and she lived out that truth every day. Hilda was very proud of her children and was deeply devoted to her husband, Scott throughout their 56 years of marriage.
Preceding her death are her parents, her brothers; James Harry, Eugene Edward and Homer Burton.
Hilda is survived by her husband, Scott, her children; Gregory, Steven, Teresa Stewart, her daughter in law, Teppie and Grace Ling; her son in law John; her grand-children; Amanda Lynn, Michelle Nicole Boyle and her husband Scott, Christina Marie, Zheng Yi, Dillon Scott, Callista Mary Stewart and Keegan Frederick, who adopted Hilda and Scott as her Mamaw and Papaw; her great grand-daughter, Ashlynne, her sisters; Margaret Virginia Ocheltree, Dorothy Jean Riffle , Elizabeth “Betty” Carol Hammon, her brother Richard Cleo Woods, sister in law Ernestine Green and Barbara Little and countless friends who will miss her deeply.
A memorial service will be held celebrating Hilda’s life at Shorter Funeral Home on Friday, March 25, 2016 at 2:00PM.
Memorial contributions may be made in Hilda’s honor to the Scottish Rite Children's Language Center, 4202 Hermitage Rd, Richmond, VA 23227
Shorter Funeral Home is serving the family.