Hilda M. Wick

May 03, 1923 ‒ April 29, 2019

Delaware, Ohio

Hilda M. Wick, 95, of Delaware passed away peacefully in the early morning of Monday, April 29,2019 at her residence.

Sometimes you follow other peoples wishes to the letter. Then sometimes you bend them a little bit. Hilda had wanted no viewing, no celebration of life, no obituary , and no funeral.

It’s not the dead that needs a funeral, it’s the living that needs the closure. And those of us ,who knew Hilda, We will have a time to come together and toast her and tell stories and put some closure on this for us.

I was asked by someone, if someone wanted to do something instead of sending flowers what do you think would be the right thing to do.

When my father died, Hilda gave a donation to the Democratic Party in my father‘s name. Being that Hilda was a Democrat if you wanted to give money to the Democratic Party in Hilda‘s name you would be welcome to do that. The other thing that you might do is give a donation to the OWU library in Hilda’s name.

And then there would be some simple things to do; like making sure you visit your library often, encourage your children to read, and keep reading and learning yourself.

Survivors include son William D. Wick of Seattle, Washington; sister Doris E. Marsh in Saginaw, Michigan; second family for almost 20 years Mary Sue, Whittney, Benjamin, and Destiny.

To really remember Hilda, is to keep going no matter what. To keep learning no matter what …no matter your age. At 94 years old she was still writing emails and wanting to learn more about the computer and how to work a laptop…..she never wanted to quit learning. She was still reading history and keeping up with politics even up until the last few weeks of her life.

So to honor Hilda’s memory I will never think that I know it all, and I will keep pushing myself to learn more.

Hilda also taught  me ,that you can disagree with someone and still respect them . Hilda and I would often debate the  Bible…., she paid me the biggest compliment one day. She said, You live what you say, and you back up what you believe not with random thoughts but with logical arguments. We may disagree at times, but we didn’t try to make the other one be who we wanted them , but ,we ,allowed each other to be ourselves.

Thank you Hilda for always making me feel so intelligent……….and  thank you for being my friend.

  • Thank you, Mary Sue, for your updates to me on Hilda, Doris Marsh’s sister; Doris has been a pleasure to know and I feel like I know Hilda from your updates; I wouldn’t know near as much about my family in the US if it weren’t for you.

    Hilda’s last birthday, 95th, sounded like so much fun; it sounded like she was surrounded by a lot of people who loved and cared for her until the end.

    And Mary Sue, thank you for the reminder on reading more and often, in memory of Hilda, and because it is a good thing to do.

  • David, I am so sorry to hear about the loss of your Mother, she sounded like a very wonderful, intelligent, independent person.

    I heard how fond she was of you and the visits and phone conversations with her and I know how hard it is to lose a Mom who has always been there so strong. With deepest sympathy, my thoughts are with you.


  • David
    We have never met. I am very sorry for your loss. I knew your mother as my mother’s ( Gail Hall Dodokin) cousin. They travelled with Doris to Turkey and Hilda and Doris visited us in Georgetown many times. I always appreciated Hilda’s warmth and interest in all the people in her life and of course her wit and intelligence. My mother was very fond of Hilda and Doris as well and had many stories about the two sisters.. The last years of her life sound challenging and I am sorry for the struggles she had and I hope that she is in a peaceful state now with lots of interesting books and people and issues to discuss. She is very much alive in my memory.
    Robin Dodokin

  • My condolences go to David and Mary Sue. I’d only met Hilda a handful of times. She was a fascinating person. I enjoyed every interaction we had. Her and Doris are so similar and yet so different. The first time I met her, I was doing yard work at Doris’s house. I was working in the yard in the morning. Doris slept until noon at that time. I didn’t expect Hilda to be standing behind me while I worked. She introduced herself, already knew who I was, and told me how different she was from her sister. It was an introduction I’ll never forget. Hilda felt like the great aunt who came to visit now and then. It’s been my honor and privilege to know her. Rest In Peace Hilda, you’ll not be forgotten.

  • As a current librarian at OWU, I see Hilda’s influence on a regular basis. Her knowledge and enthusiasm become apparent each time I encounter one of her documents about our collection. What a blessing she was.

  • Hilda was a large part of the reason I became a librarian. She was dedicated to encouraging her students, and really everyone she knew, to keep learning and exploring. She was as fascinating as she was funny and kind. Hilda is with the stars now, and they are brighter for having her.