Hilda M. Jeffers, 90, of North Platte, peacefully passed away at home on Wednesday, May 8, 2019.
Hilda was born September 18, 1928, to William and Gertrude (Paitz) Gibbons north of Kearney. She attended Pleasanton School and graduated from there in 1945 then went to Kearney State College for a year, earning her teaching certificate and later received her BA in Elementary Education. Hilda taught country school in Buffalo County. She later taught in Lincoln County at Osgood Elementary for many years then went on to teach at McDaid Elementary for 20 years.
On June 7, 1950, Hilda was united in marriage to Rexford Lee ‘Si’ Jeffers at St. Mary’s Catholic Church at Prairie Center, Nebraska. They eventually settled in North Platte with Si’s job on the railroad and raised three children.
After retiring from teaching, Hilda helped at the Senior Center delivering Meals on Wheels. She enjoyed doing needle work and many other crafts as well as camping trips with Si. Hilda loved her family and being with friends. She was a member of St. Patrick’s Catholic Church and volunteered at the Bargain Bin.
She is survived by her husband of nearly 69 years, Si, of North Platte; children, Sylvia Thornton, of McCook, Colleen (Jim) Larsen, of North Platte and Gary Jeffers, of Ozark, Missouri; grandchildren, Gianna (Luis) Nolda, Jessamy Thornton (Mike Generette), Micah Larsen, Jeremy (Carolyn) Larsen, Brian (Toshanna) Jeffers and Christina (Thomas) Dodson; great-grandchildren, Steffani, Lexis, Evie, Henry, Harmony, Alexia and Stephen; and other family members.
Hilda was preceded in death by her parents, William and Gertrude Gibbons; brothers, Paul and Dennis Gibbons; sister, Irene Macek; and infant sister, Margaret.
Cremation was chosen. A gathering of family and friends will be Monday, May 13th from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Jeffer’s home, 2317 Anna Avenue. In lieu of flowers, memorials are to St. Patrick’s Catholic School Endowment Fund. The memorial book may be signed at odeanchapel.com or
at the house. Odean Colonial Chapel at C & Sycamore is in charge of arrangements.