Hilda Delphine Hand-Foulds, a resident of the harbor for 26 years, was 94, when she died at the Montesano Health and Rehabilitation Center on Sunday, January 27, 2013. She was born in Troy, Alabama on February 10, 1918, the daughter of Freeman and Sallie (Spencer Turner.
Delphine attended schools and two years of college in Troy, Alabama. She devoted her motherly love exclusively to raising her two daughters until they were almost out of high school. A love she never quit giving them. She worked at several jobs and retired as an administrative assistant to the housekeeping director at the University of Alabama Hospital and Clinics in Birmingham, Alabama.
She loved and enjoyed her family much - both in Washington and Alabama. She was a wonderful and caring mother, grandmother, wife and friend. She helped raise several grandchildren through the years. Her joys, other than family, were playing the piano by ear - she never had a lesion and she had a beautiful voice and sang in the choir. Her other joys were cooking, gardening, reading and her pets. Since she was from the south, she loved grits, greens and rutabagas. She was a “True Southern Belle”. She never had an unkind word to say about anyone. She always tried to cheer everyone else up and had a great sense of humor. Although she was tine, the family and grandchildren knew her as “Big Mama”.
Delphine was married to Ralph Hughes for 25 years. He preceded her in death.
She then married Ron Foulds in May of 2009. He resides at Montesano Health and Rehab Center.
Besides her husband, Ron; she is survived by two daughters, Lana and her husband, Terry Troy of Montesano and Charlene Sarrels of Warrior, Alabama; five grandchildren, Ryan Troy (Chelsey) and Andrea Troy from Washington; Kenna Ashley (Rob), Chuck Davis and Chad Boyles (Scottie) from Alabama; seven great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild. She had a favorite niece, Marsha Baines who lives in Alabama. Her sister and two brothers preceded her in death. She will be greatly missed and was loved by all who knew her.
A Wonderful Mother
God made a wonderful mother, A mother who never grows old; He made her smile of the sunshine, And He molded her heart of pure gold; In her eyes He placed bright shining stars, In her cheeks, fair roses you see; God made a wonderful mother, And He gave that dear mother to you and me.
The family requests donations are sent to P.A.W.S., PO Box 451, PO Box 451, Aberdeen, WA 98520. At the family’s request, there will be no formal funeral service. Cremation arrangements are by the Coleman Mortuary of Hoquiam.
Please take a few moments to express your thoughts to the family by signing the on-line register at www.colemanmortuary.net.