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Hilda Julianna Born (Klassen)

July 24, 1930 - April 7, 2024


Hilda Born passed away peacefully in her sleep on Sunday, April 7th at the age of 93, while
living at the Trillium/Bevan Village in Abbotsford, BC. She was predeceased by her husband
Jake just last year (they were married for nearly 70 years). Her prayers during the past months
were answered – she is now with Jesus and Jake.
Hilda is survived by her five children David (Loraine), Teresa, John (Ellie), J. Bryan (Teresa) and
Matthew (Debbie), as well as her 14 grandchildren and 26 great-grandchildren. She is also
survived by her sisters, Mary Wiens and Lore (John) Reemeyer. She was born and grew up on a
farm near the village of Blumenort, southern Saskatchewan. In her late teens, she joined her
parents in Matsqui Prairie to help them cleanup after the 1948 Flood. Hilda trained to be a
teacher, and although her family and dairy farm responsibilities pulled her out of the classroom
after just a few years, she remained an educator throughout her life. She completed her BA
degree at age 63, and with typing help from husband Jake, she wrote 8 books and had
hundreds of articles published.
Hilda’s life revolved around family, farm, church and community. Having experienced scarcity
while growing up in the Great Depression, the destruction of the 1948 Flood, and then severe
rheumatoid arthritis (all before the age of 30), she pledged to the Lord that if He would give her
strength, she would try to assist the weak, needy, and those ignored by others. Hilda’s unique
gifts and personality will not be soon forgotten. Her life was characterized by dogged
perseverance, hard work, a keen sense of justice, a generous spirit, and a deep commitment to
Christ and the church.
A memorial service will be held on Tuesday, April 30th at 11:00 AM at Clearbrook Mennonite
Brethren Church.


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From: Wiebe and Jeske Funeral Home

Wiebe and Jeske Funeral Home Staff send our condolences to family and friends.

From: Dorothy Willms
Relation: My aunt

Dearest cousins, Vic and l (Dorothy) love you and loved your mom. Although Fort St. John is far from you, we saw each other at gatherings. Your often thought of and we are praying for you.

From: Kris Foulds
Relation: A shared love of community history.

My deepest condolences to Hilda’s family. She was an inspiring person who I am grateful to have known.

From: McSween Colin
Relation: I know or knew Hilda's son Matt Born through Abbotsford Junior Secondary School where he taught some of my children a number of years ago.

Please accept our sincerest condolences in the passing of your loved one – Hilda. May it help assuage your sorrow to know that others know, care and feel your hurt. There is no other love like that of a dearly beloved mother’s love. We will be away visiting family in northern B.C. for the next 2 weeks otherwise we would have been honored to have been able to attend Hilda’s memorial service. Our heartfelt thoughts are with you.
Colin McSween

From: Bill Thiessen
Relation: A dear friend (and her husband) whom I knew for a long time. Bill

Dear members of the Born Family: I convey my sincere condolences, as I remember with deep respect your mother, Hilda. She had become a dear friend, who had the unique gift of encouragement, and who always encouraged me. I would like to write a longer tribute and send it to Brian, for the family. If Brian responds with his e-mail address, I will do so. Thanks, Bill Thiessen.

Service Schedule

  Celebration of Life

Date & Time:
April 30, 2024
Beginning at 11:00am

Clearbrook MB Church
2719 Clearbrook Road
Abbotsford, BC Canada

2719 Clearbrook Road
Abbotsford, BC Canada

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