June 28, 1925 - March 17, 2013
Lois Gantt Hilliard
June 28, 1925-March 17, 2013
Lois, the first of five children born to Bella Gary Gantt and Walker Gantt in Saluda County, South Carolina. She was the granddaughter of Mary and Samson Gary and Maggie and Dixon Gantt. She was raised in Englewood, NJ and graduated from Dwight Morrow High School in 1944. She married Rollis Hilliard in 1947 and moved to Rutherford, NJ. Four sons were born to that marriage. She later married Bernard DeKoning in 1979. Lois was a Licensed Practical Nurse for many years and earned her AA degree in nursing from Bergen County Community College and became an RN in 1978. She worked at Hackensack Hospital in Hackensack, NJ and St. Mary’s Hospital and Beth Israel Hospital in Passaic, NJ. After moving to Plano, TX in 1992, she became head nurse at Plano Life Care. Lois was predeceased by her son, Howard L. Hilliard, her husband, Bernard DeKoning, ex-husband, Rollis Hilliard, two brothers, Walker Gantt, Jr. and Maurice Gantt and two sisters, Audrey Gantt Culver and infant sister, Majesta Gantt. Survivors are three sons, Harold L. Hilliard, Sr. (Cristina), Plano, TX, Dennis Hilliard, Sr. (Betty), Garfield, NJ and Kenneth S. Hilliard (Robert Horn) of Dallas, TX. Six Grandsons, six granddaughters, eighteen great-grandchildren and four great-great grandchildren. A memorial service will be held at Victory Church located near Parker, Texas at 6301 E. Parker Road, Allen, Texas 75002 on April 14, 2013 at 3:00 P.M. with grandson-in-law, Pastor Patrick Iga officiating. There will be another celebration of her life at 4:30 P.M., Wednesday, May 29, 2013 at Roger Williams Baptist Church 362 Oak St., Passaic, New Jersey 07055.
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