Hilda Phillips Meeks, 86, of Durbin, passed away Friday, November 3, 2023, at West Virginia Caring Center in Elkins.
Born April 1, 1937, at Slaty Fork, she was a daughter of the late Clark and Mary Janice Sage Phillips.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Donald Bennett Meeks; and three siblings, Elva Ray, Glenda P. Long and Clark Phillips, Jr.
She and Donald were married for 39 years and had four children, David (Pamela), of Colorado, Don (Michelle), of Minnesota, Donna (David) Warner, of Durbin, and Duane (Yvette), of Louisiana; 19 grandchildren, 36 great- grandchildren and seven great-great-grandchildren.
Their life began with the fate of a truck taking a fork in the road that led to her eloping, at age 17, with her high-school sweetheart.
As a young family they got to travel the world on many adventures. Her greatest adventure was being with her family.
She loved the culture and history of the land in West Virginia. Her father Clark served as one of the original engineers running lumber off the mountain on old Shay #5. Years later, Hilda served as a brakeman on the Cass Scenic Railroad running tourists up the same mountain.
A memorial service was held Monday, November 6, 2023, at Wallace and Wallace Funeral Home in Arbovale with Pastor David Rittenhouse officiating.
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