Hilda was born Hilda E. Raby in Michigan to James and Belinda (Rominger) Raby on Nov. 8, 1911.
She moved with her parents to the San Luis Valley in 1913 and was raised in Saguache. She graduated from Saguache High School, attended Barnes Business School in Denver. On returning home to Saguache, she married Walter W. Wharton and the two of them raised three out of four children born to them.
Hilda and Walter lived in Saguache and Alamosa before moving to Farmington, N.M., in 1955, where she resided until moving to Santa Fe, N.M. in 2009.
Her hobbies included fishing, needle work, and playing Bingo. She was a lifetime members of Eastern Star and Elks lodge.
She is survived by two children, Neola (Rod) Lewis, Pueblo, George (Pat) Wharton Santa Fe, N.M.; son in law Robert Holtgren; 14 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; and 10 great-great-grandchildren.
Hilda was preceded in death by her husband, Walter W. Wharton of 44 years in 1975, her parents, brothers and sisters, son William, daughter Myrna (Bob) Holtgren, grandsons Darrell Holtgren and Jerry Wharton
There will be a graveside service at Greenlawn Cemetery Farmington at 1 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 10, 2013, followed by a get together of family and friends at Farmington United Methodist Church. Please no flowers, you can make donations to your favorite charity.
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