Hilda was born March 23, 1920 in Westly, Montana, USA to Henry Gia Hanke. The family moved to the Uncha Valley in 1931.
Hilda married Hubert (Chummy) McPhail on Sept 13, 1940. They had 3 children, Jerry, Judi & Hank.
Hilda operated a restaurant at Southbank from 1951-56. The family moved to Burns Lake in 1956 and Hilda worked in the Tweedsmiur Hotel for a number of years. In 1964 Hilda & Chummy moved to Kitimat, Terrace, Prince Rupert & Topley Landing before returning to Burns Lake to reside in the Heritage Manor in 1987.
Chummy passed away in April 2002, leaving Hilda alone. On January 06, 2006 Hilda was moved into Burns Lake Hospital and was waiting for placement in the Pines. Hilda did not make the move to the Pines because she suffered a bad fall December 29/06 and was sent to Prince George for surgery where she passed away January 01, 2007. Hilda will be missed by all her family and friends.
Memorial Services were held at St. Paul’s United ChurchJanuary 08, 2007.