Mary Louise Hillebrand, 69, of Portland, OR, and Palm Desert, CA, joined her heavenly Father on Thursday, April 23, 2020. She was born April 17, 1951, in Healdsburg, CA, to Fredrick Hemsath and Lewanna Clark Hemsath. She married Gerald H. Hillebrand on January 10, 1970, and he survives. They had recently celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary in January in a gathering of both daughters, spouses, grandchildren and dear friends in Palm Springs, CA.
Also, surviving are her two daughters, Barbara (Brad) Stonecypher of Las Vegas, NV, and Tammi (David) Burkhardt of Oregon City, OR; grandchildren, Solomon, Samuel, Maximus and Aryn; one sister Barbara Darby of Lodi, CA, and numerous nephews and nieces. Mary’s father, mother, younger brother, Fred Jr. and younger sister, Elna, preceded her in death.
Mary was a long time resident of Portland and travelled to Palm Desert with her husband during the winter months. She graduated from Stagg High School and worked 30 plus years – until her retirement from Pacific NW Bell now CenturyLink as a corporate trainer in Portland, OR, Denver, CO, and Omaha, NE.
Mary’s talents were many, she loved to draw, paint and watercolor, spending most of her spare time learning new techniques and exploring her artistic talent in different mediums. Additionally, she enjoyed quilting and teaching crafts to the local residents of her Palm Desert community. Mary was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother and friend. She was a spiritual woman and she participated in the altar guild and other church activities at her home church, Church of the Good Shepherd in Vancouver, WA.
Mary was a colon cancer survivor and a kidney transplant recipient. She will be deeply missed by her family, friends and all who knew her. The family would like to express their thanks to her Nephrology physician, Dr. Julie Raggio, for her amazing care and kindness; and to the nurses and doctors both at Adventist Medical Center and OHSU.
Arrangements handled by Gresham Memorial Chapel. Internment and services will be held at a later date. If desired, friends may make memorial contributions to the National Kidney Foundation, the American Cancer Society or the American Heart Association.
Barbara J Darby saysApril 30, 2020 at 5:07 pm
My love and prayers for Gerry the girls and their families. I love you dear heart you will always be in my heart.
Lorna and Richard saysMay 1, 2020 at 8:15 am
She was a wonderful person. She will be missed. I am so sorry for your family. I know she was the rock of the family.
Kathy Delumpa Allegri saysJanuary 29, 2021 at 7:14 pm
I am very sad to learn of Mary’s passing and send you my deepest condolences. I truly enjoyed the times Mary took my watercolor classes in Gresham, where I used to live. She was a sweet, kind, and lovely person whose pleasant smile and friendly demeaner brought sunshine to our studio. May God Bless and comfort you.