Hilda VanDriest, 94, who had been a welder, cook and ranch wife, died Wednesday, May 8, 2013.
She was born on Valentine’s Day in 1919 to Edward E. and Emma Siemers of Montana. She attended school in Shepherd and took courses at the Polytechnic Institute of Billings. She had six siblings.
She had been a shipyard welder in Seattle, Wash., a cook at the Horse Shoe Club & Vegas Club, and a ranch wife.
She made quilts for family, friends and veterans’ hospitals. She also made paintings on canvas and backs of old frying pans, and she refurbished antiques. She also collected plants and flowers.
She married Gaylord VanDriest in Columbus on Oct. 26, 1953, and they were a ranch couple who raised Hereford and angus cows until his death in 2002. She had received care at Eagle Cliff Manor.
Her family included two children, Joe Joines of Oxnard, Calif., and Faye Chace of Portland, Ore.; three grandchildren; six great-grandchildren and 10 great-great-grandchildren.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 18, at Cremation & Funeral Gallery, 29 Eighth St. W. in Billings. A luncheon for family and friends will follow at Barkemeyer Park in Huntley around 1 p.m.