Hilda Reese Bartlett
Wrens, GA – Hilda Reese Bartlett, 90, loving wife of the late Pete Bartlett, entered into her eternal rest Tuesday evening, March 8, 2016 at Silver Linings Personal Care Home in Stapleton. Funeral services will be held at 3:30 P.M. Saturday afternoon, March 12, 2016 in the Pleasant Grove Baptist Church with Reverend Tony L. Key officiating. Interment will follow in the church cemetery.
One of four children born to the late Ruth Hadden Reese and the late Clifford J. Reese, Hilda grew up in Avera and graduated from Avera High School, after which she moved to Augusta and worked for Southern Bell. Southern Bell then transferred her to Atlanta and then Macon where she married the love of her life and made Macon her home for over 40 years. She attended Crandell Business School and Macon Technical College. After obtaining her degree, she taught business courses at Macon Tech. After retiring as an educator, she moved back to Avera in the 1980s to assist in the care of her mother. Hilda loved her Lord and Savior, serving Him in various capacities at Tabernacle Baptist Church in Macon, and as a Sunday School teacher and choir director at Pleasant Grove Baptist Church. She had a great love for her church homes and church families. Her bible is well-worn from her reading it constantly and recording her notes, thoughts and prayers—her first priority in life was serving Him. A yodeler, a self-taught pianist and guitarist, she loved music and could be found singing and playing for her family and friends. Hilda was a multi-faceted person and could do anything she set her mind to. A people person, she never met a stranger and was known for her selfless, compassionate, giving and considerate nature. Called a “grown-up child”, she related well with children and had a pure, simple love of life. Not having children of her own, her nieces and nephews became her grandchildren. Lovingly known as “Hiddy” to her family, she had a special unconditional love for each of them and was most content in their presence. Hilda made a great impact on many lives and will be missed. Finally at home, she is now singing praises to God.
Hilda is also preceded in death by her siblings, Iris R. Jones and Harold Reese; her niece, Susan Jones Ramirez; and two nephews, Craig Jones III and Alan Jones. Surviviors include her sister, Beth R. Chance (Frank); nephew, David Chance; two nieces, Carla Hudson (Rob) of Martinez and Amy Richey (Brian) of Johns Creek; eleven great nieces and nephews, Parker Chance, Natalie Hudson, Clare Hudson, J. Cole Rooks, Anna Rooks Goff (Gene), Bryson Richey, Ethan Richey, Teresa Jones, Nikki Blum, Josh Jones Anderson and Duan Jones Pope; and twelve great-great nieces and nephews, Landon Goff, Axel Goff, Rhyder Goff, Craig Jones, Chelsea Jones, Carley Blum, Chance Blum, Logan Anderson, Will Anderson, Casey Thomson, Cartar Pope and Caden Pope. Serving as pallbearers will be her nephews--Josh Anderson, David Chance, Robert Hudson, Brian Richey, Bryson Richey, Ethan Richey and Cole Rooks.
The family will receive friends at Pleasant Grove Baptist Church from 2:00-3:30 P.M. prior to funeral services on Saturday afternoon, March 12, 2016.
The family wishes to extend their heartfelt thanks and appreciation to Silver Linings Personal Care Home for their excellent, loving and professional care.
To Those Whom I Love