Blanche Hilton


April 16, 1927 - October 7, 2017


Blanche Hilton, 90, Mitchell, SD died Saturday, October 7, 2017 at Avera Brady Health and Rehab in Mitchell. Funeral services will be 1:00 pm Saturday, October 14 at the First United Methodist Church in Mitchell. Burial will be in the American Legion Cemetery. Visitation will be from 5-7:00 pm Friday at the Bittner Funeral Chapel in Mitchell, with a 7:00 PM prayer service.

Blanche Irene Hilton was born April 16, 1927 in Mitchell, SD to Bernie and Blanche (Brisbin) Haehner. She was raised and attended school in Alexandria, SD. She attended Methodist School of Nursing where she graduated in 1948. After graduation, she worked at hospitals in Madison and Mitchell before ending her career as a LPN Instructor at St. Joseph Hospital.

She married Earl Hilton on August 7, 1948 in Mitchell. The couple moved to Freeman for three years and Madison for six years. In 1960, they moved to Mitchell.

Blanche was a devoted member of the First United Methodist Church in Mitchell. She was a caring wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother.  She will be missed by all of her family and friends.

She is survived by five children: Bob Hilton and wife Kathy of Sioux Falls; Jon Hilton and wife Elaine of Huron; Meredith McLeod and husband John of Pasco, WA; Don Hilton and wife Cherie of Black Hawk; Steve Hilton and wife Lisa of Piedmont; twelve grandchildren; fourteen great-grandchildren; a niece and two nephews, Barbara Haehner of Indianapolis, IN, Alan Haehner of Carmel, IN, and Jim Eyer and wife Shirley of Mitchell; and numerous other nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Earl Hilton on January 10, 2013; sister Mary Louise Eyer; and brother Carl Haehner.


Friday, October 13, 2017
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Prayer Service begins at 7:00 PM

Bittner Funeral Chapel
805 West Havens
Mitchell, SD 57301


Saturday, October 14, 2017
1:00 PM
First United Methodist Church
310 N Rowley St
Mitchell, SD 57301


American Legion Cemetery
Mitchell, South Dakota

Posted by LeAnne Fosdick on October 13, 2017
My sympathy to the family. I wanted you all to know that I have many fond memories of your mother when I was going through my x-ray training and working at the Methodist Hospital in the 70's! I will be keeping your family in my prayers!
Posted by Olivia Gukeisen on October 11, 2017
I will miss you Blanche thank you for teaching me how to play a lot of card games. You were very special to me
Posted by Cheryl Kunkel on October 11, 2017
I Loved caring for Blanche , we always had a great day whether it was cleaning , shopping , Dr. apts going for drives around Mitchell, through the park to see the flowers, and yes she loved going to lunch at Fanny Horners . I Love you Blanche and will miss you I have lots of memories I will cherish
Posted by Bobbie clark on October 10, 2017
She was a wonderful instructor who exemplified professionalism.
Posted by Wesley Heckel on October 10, 2017
She was a great role model for how to leave a legacy with your family.
Posted by Linda Mortimore on October 10, 2017
I was the secretary for the LPN program during the last four years of the school. I remember Blanche and those years fondly. Rest in peace.
Posted by Arlene "Scotty" Moore on October 10, 2017
Methodist Hospital School of Nursing-class 1946
Posted by Jane Heezen on October 9, 2017
Blanche was one of my instructors in the LPN program MANY years ago, and yet I've never forgotten her. She was a lovely woman with a great sense of humor, tons of patience, and a very caring manner. She inspired me to be a better nurse than I believe I would otherwise have been. I have a great photo of her & Mrs. Kipness doing a dance to entertain us. Godspeed Blanche - you inspired many of us!
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