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This online memorial was created in loving memory of Hilda Hackett, whose life story is told throughout this memorial website. Please sign Hilda's guest book and let us know you came to visit. We will remember Hilda forever. Mom was born March 30, 1934 in Coleville, on the outskirts of Bellefonte, PA. She was born the daughter of Chester and Viola Holderman Billett. She had two brothers, Paul and Taylor and she had two sisters Sally and Nancy. To my understanding there were other siblings that passed away at a very young age. Mom was first married to Melvin Harter Sr. in 1949 that produced two children, Melvin Harter Jr. and Karen. In 1963 Mom married Donald Hackett that produced four children, Tammy, Lynn, and twins Scott and Susan.
My Mom was my best friend. She and I were more like friends than siblings. In our younger days I would get mom to sit and drink a beer with me and play games. My Mom was a very youthful person, we shared many laughs and "oh my gods" together. After my move to Pittsburgh we would talk every morning, I would pull up the Centre Daily Times Newspaper online and I tell her the obits and local news for the day, she never had to buy a newspaper. I idolized my mom for many reasons. My biggest reason is I was always amazed at how a woman like my mother buried a husband and two daughters and continued on in life not showing her hurt. She had to be hurting because I am hurting so bad over the loss of mom. I will always remember my mom for all the laughs she gave me and the special relationship her and I shared.
Hilda M. Hackett March 30, 1934 - April 1, 2006 Hilda M. Hackett, 72, of Bellefonte, died Saturday, April 1, 2006, at Mount Nittany Medical Center. Born March 30, 1934, in Coleville, she was a daughter of the late Chester Billett and Viola Holderman. She married Donald Hackett, who died in July 1981. She attended Bellefonte schools. She was a nursing assistant at Centre Crest nursing home. She was a Protestant. She is survived by a daughter, Tammy Hackett, of State College; three sons, Melvin P. Harter Jr., of Bellefonte, Lynn Hackett, of Pittsburgh and Scott Hackett, of Bellefonte; her long time companion, Curry Bressler, of Bloomsburg; a brother, Paul Billett, of Milesburg; a sister, Sally Toner, of Mingoville; five grandchildren; and a great-grandchild. In addition to her parents and her husband, she was preceded in death by two daughters, Susan Hackett and Karen Read; a sister, Nancy Davies; and a brother Taylor Billett. There will be no public visitation. The funeral will be private at the convenience of the family, with the Rev. Duane Bardo officiating. Burial will be in Meyer Cemetery, Benner Township. Arrangements are under the direction of Wetzler Funeral Service Inc., 206 N. Spring St., Bellefonte. Published in the Centre Daily Times on 4/3/2006.