A memorial service for Darla D. Hilton will be at 10 a.m. Monday, Nov. 5, 2012, at Walker Funeral Home in Gillette, Wyo., with Pastor Mary Crump of the Family Life Church officiating.
Darla Hilton, age 74, passed away on Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2012, at Campbell County Hospice House, Gillette, Wyo.
Darla Dee Hilton was born to John and Lela (Domina) Wilson on May 30, 1938, in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, where her father was serving in the Civilian Conservation Corps. The family later settled on a farm near Glad Valley, S.D., where Darla was raised until the family moved to Rapid City in 1956.
Darla attended school in Lemmon, S.D., and graduated in 1957 from Rapid City High School. Shortly after her graduation, she married Ervin Haefs and welcomed two sons, Steven and Alan.
Darla married Ralph “Butch” Hilton on May 2, 1975, and their families became one when Darla welcomed Lance and Ranelle into her life. Darla and her sons moved to Gillette at that time.
During their marriage, Butch and Darla enjoyed collecting, restoring, and showing classic cars. Darla always had a preference for maroon cars and took great pride in getting the cars ready for shows around the region. Many of their cars received the People’s Choice Awards and Best in Show. She enjoyed being a member of the Campbell County Classics and Customs Car Club.
Darla enjoyed her working career and spent several years at Salt Creek Freightways, both in Rapid City, S.D., and Gillette. Most people would recognize Darla from her 19 years at Campbell County Public Health, where she served as the front receptionist. After many shot clinics, Darla retired and her family enjoyed celebrating with her co-workers and friends at a retirement party on June 29, 2008.
Darla had a great love for garage sales and auctions. Many treasures were found for her home, and the homes of her children and grandchildren, on these adventures. She loved a great bargain and always found a place for the wares that made it home. When her grandchildren were old enough, it was a rite of passage to go and find treasures at garage sales with Grandma Darla.
Darla was a lover of people, loved conversations and loved being with her family and friends.
Grateful for sharing her life, she is survived by her husband, Ralph (Butch) Hilton of Gillette, Wyo.; sons, Steven (Janell) Haefs and Alan (Danielle) Haefs, both of Rapid City, S.D.; Lance Hilton of Siloam Springs, Ark.; and daughter, Ranelle (Henry) Throw of Denver, Colo. Darla has 10 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents, John and Lela Wilson.
A memorial has been established in Darla’s name to benefit the Friends of Gillette Animal Shelter. Memorials and condolences may be sent to the Walker Funeral Home, 410 Medical Arts Ct., Gillette, WY 82716 and condolences may be sent via the website www.walkerfuneral.com.