Hilda Chevalier passed away on Feb. 23, 2018, at Parkhurst Place in Hood River, Ore. Hilda was born in Clinton, La., on Nov. 3, 1919. Her parents were Robert Gayden and Nettie Blanche (McLain) White. She is preceded in death by her husband, her parents, two brothers and two sisters.
She often spoke of her childhood often and the fun she had walking to school with her two older sisters and swimming in the cold water of Pretty Creek. Hilda enjoyed playing tennis, softball and basketball as a young girl. Her love for basketball carried over when she attended LSU (Louisiana State University) and was on the woman’s basketball team.
Hilda met and married the love of her life, Neal Chevalier, and they had one daughter. She and her family moved to Pasadena, Texas, in the 1950s and Hilda began working as a secretary at Shell Oil. She later became an executive secretary to the refinery manager in Deer Park, Texas. She was a member of the National Secretaries Association and Shell Retirees’ Club, Deer Park.
Hilda was a long-time member of St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in Pasadena. She was a loyal member of The Order of the Daughters of the King. She often remarked, “Faith is a big part of guiding my life.” After Neal’s death in 1984, she took several trips abroad with close friends. Hilda enjoyed music, and nothing pleased her more than spending Sunday afternoon at the Houston Grand Opera or the Houston Ballet. She enjoyed laughing with her friends over dinner and good wine. She valued friendships. Hilda was a gracious woman who had a witty sense of humor.
In 2011, she moved to Hood River with her daughter and son-in- law, Nealya and Calvin Cargill. She was a member of St. Mark’s Episcopal Church and attended until she was no longer able.
She is survived by a daughter Nealya Cargill and son-in-law Calvin Cargill of Hood River, her grandchildren Christopher Cargill of Friendswood, Texas, Dr. Calvin Cargill (Rhodema) of Midland, Texas, and Cara (Joe) Barbaria of Houston, Texas, four great-grandchildren and three great great-grandchildren.
A graveside service will be held at a later date in May, when her ashes will be interred next to her husband at Grandview Memorial Park in Pasadena. Donations in Hilda’s memory may be made to Hospice of the Gorge, 1630 Woods, Court, Hood River, OR, 97031, or St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, 400 11th St., Hood River, OR, 97031.
The family wishes to thank the staff of Parkhurst Place for showing kindness and care during the time she lived there; she loved each and every one. A sincere thank you and appreciation to Hospice of the Gorge team who was there every step for Hilda’s compassionate comfort and care.
Arrangements are under the direction of Anderson's Tribute Center (Funerals • Receptions • Cremations), 1401 Belmont Ave., Hood River. Visit www.AndersonsTributeCenter.com to leave a note of condolence for the family.
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