Hildur Della Janet Nilson Ulvestad, 80, of Bruce died Saturday, Dec. 23, 2012, at the Brookings hospital.
Funeral services are at 2 p.m. Friday at Grace Free Lutheran Church in Bruce. Visitation is from 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday at Rude’s Funeral Home in Brookings.
Hildur D. Nilson was born on Oct. 18, 1932, in Volga, the daughter of Alexander and Magnhild (Johnson) Nilson. She grew up on the farm around the Bruce area. Hildur graduated from Bruce High School in 1951. She then attended the General Beadle State Teachers College in Madison and SDSU. She taught school for seven years in local rural schools around the Bruce area until she wed. She was confirmed at the Methodist church in Bruce.
On June 26, 1955, at First Lutheran Church of Bruce, Hildur married her lifelong companion, Wesley Ulvestad. They made their home in Bruce until they purchased their current farm in 1961 northeast of Bruce. Here she worked alongside her husband on the farm, was a house wife and lovingly raised her children.
Hildur was a member of Grace Lutheran Church where she served as Sunday school and Bible school teacher, sewing and various positions on the Ladies Aid board. Here she dedicated many years of service.
She spent her adult life as a member of the Bruce Community Club and Livewire Club. For a few years she played “Grandma” to a couple neighborhood girls while their parents worked. Many weekends were spent dancing.
She enjoyed visiting with neighbors, playing cards, taking pictures, cross stitching, collecting dishes, crafts, making lefse and attending her children’s softball games, where she could always be found keeping score of the game.
For many years she nursed her husband. With no complaints, between his doctors visits and dialysis, she still found the time to make sure a meal was made for her sons and whoever was helping work cattle.
A farmwife’s job never ends. She had a soft spot for all the farm animals, especially her cats. She always made sure the coffee pot was on and cookies served. A person never left Hildur’s house hungry.
She is survived by her two sons, Darwin (Denise) Ulvestad and Dave (Lisa) Ulvestad, both of Bruce; a daughter, Kristen (Greg) Bich of Cavour; and seven grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, two older sisters and an infant daughter, Jane.
Condolences may be sent to the family through www.rudesfuneralhome.com.