Hilda Williams

Hilda Lydia Williams (Charles)

Wednesday, July 6th, 1921 - Monday, April 13th, 2020
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Hilda Lydia Charles Williams was born on July 6, 1921 to the late Mike and Olevia Rousseau Charles in St. Rose, LA. She departed from her earthly home on Monday, April 13, 2020. She was married to the late Charles Edward Williams for forty-five years. Hilda had eight siblings: Warrence Charles, Edgar Charles, Madeline Charles Frankling, Wilfred Charles Sr., Leonce Charles, Mike Charles, Lucille Charles Smith, Herman (Brenda) Charles and Doris Charles (Wilbert) Marbley. She graduated from McDonogh 35 High School in New Orleans, then attended and graduated from Xavier University of New Orleans. After obtaining her degree in Education from Xavier University she taught for a little while then she joined the U.S. Army and became an Army Surgical Technician during World War II. She was an accomplished lady.

After completing her tour with the Army, she attended and received her Bachelors of Science degree in Nursing from Howard University in 1950, and a Master’s degree from Louisiana State University School of Nursing in 1958. She was a surgical Registered Nurse at the New Orleans Veterans Administration (VA) Hospital. While there, she was one of the nurses in the operating room when the first heart transplant was performed at their hospital. During her later years at the VA, she became the Director of Nursing Education. In that position, she wrote a training manual for the nurses of the facility. She was a life member of Chi Eta Phi, Rho Chi Chapter Nursing Sorority. There she serviced as the Past Middle South Regional Director and as a National Organizer.

Hilda was an active member of Holy Ghost Catholic Church in New Orleans, LA, later renamed St. Katherine Drexel. While at Holy Ghost, she was active in many of the ministries and served as a Eucharist Minister, visiting the sick and serving communion to the sick and shut-ins. During her life, she was a member of the Vougettes Social and Pleasure Club and she traveled abroad extensively. Hilda traveled to various countries in Africa, Italy, Israel, China, Russia, France and many more. She lived a full life. As with many of New Orleans residents, Hurricane Katrina forced her from her home in New Orleans and later her health began to fail.

At the time of her transition she had been a resident of Southeast Louisiana War Veterans Home for 11 years. She was known as Miss Hilda and when Miss Hilda spoke everybody listened. Sincere thanks to the nurses and staff for their love, care and concern.

She leaves to cherish her beloved nephew Eldred W. Smith and a host of other nieces, nephews, God children and cousins. Her favorite saying was “Tell my family I love them dearly”. She will be missed.

To share condolences and thoughts, and to sign guest book, please visit: Final care entrusted to Treasures of Life Funeral Services, 315 E. Airline Highway, Gramercy, LA 70052.

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    Wednesday, April 22nd, 2020 |
    Wednesday, April 22nd, 2020
    Jefferson Memorial Gardens
    11316 River Rd
    St. Rose, LA 70087
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S.K. James J Poche Jr.

Posted at 05:54pm
My name is James Poche. I have been a volunteer at the Veterans Home, for almost 6-years. Miss Hilda, of Queen, as I called her was a very interesting lady!. I once did a life profile on her, and her career, a few years ago. I was amazed by her education, and military service. She was one of the finest Veterans I could have the pleasure to know! She would sing to me often! I consider her, and all the Veterans , at the home, my extended family! Although I am not able to return to the home right now, I, look forward to day when we can return. I will really miss her, especially at bingo! She was a very elegant, and knowledge, as well as an AMAZING VETERAN! I will miss her, like you cannot imagine! Her mission on this earth is complete! WELL DONE SOLDIER, GOD SPEED TO HEAVEN!


Posted at 12:06pm
I will TRULY miss Ms Hilda. I will miss our daily talks, I will miss when she would feel the music and we would dance in the center court of SELVH, I will miss when I would tell her how gorgeous she was and I will miss our morning greetings in French. Rest in Heaven, Ms Hilda.


Posted at 02:09pm
What a beautiful life story. Thank you for sharing the video. My name is Barbara C. Duhe and I was blessed to be a long time church member of both Hilda and her husband Charles. In fact my parents lived around the corner from them. Hilda and I were daily attendants at 7:00 A.M. Mass at Holy Ghost Church for many years before Katrina. She and her husband were such nice people to me. Mr. Williams gave me my first ever quality Zulu doubloon. Both invited me to their dances. As I am now in the category of senior citizen I am able to look back with appreciation for the really good and quality people that Hilda and Charles were and how much they did to make the church parish, the city and the nation a better place. May her soul and his rest in heavenly peace.

Angela Millet

Posted at 09:39pm
My sympathies to all the family. I knew Mrs. Hilda from the veterans home. She would tell me stories of going on the levee to watch the ships pass by, of her teaching and being a nurse. I would push her to the cafeteria to get coffee or back to the center court for music. She lived music and would dance in her wheelchair or tap her feet to the music. I will miss her . Fly high angel.🙏🏻🙏🏻 Angela Millet

Posted at 05:36pm

I met Ms. Hilda at the veterans home years ago while caring for my aunt. Ms. Hilda was an icon. She loved music, and sang all the songs that the bands played. She loved life and her coffee with lots of sugar! Lol
Ms. Hilda was such a beautiful lady and always so polite and kind to me. When I would say hello and ask how she was feeling, her reply would be “oh I’m doing pretty good for an old lady.” Then she would tell me I was beautiful. My response was “Thank you Ms Hilda, but I think we need to clean your glasses.” Then we both would laugh.
I feel blessed to have known her. She had such a kind spirit brings a smile to my heart.
I know she’s with her Lord in heaven now and probably asking for more coffee.
May she Rest In Peace.
Please accept my deepest sympathy and continued prayers.
Susan Guidry

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