Helen M. Hildebrand, 87, Joplin, Mo., entered into rest on Jan. 2, 2018, in Joplin, following a one month illness. Helen was born Feb. 4, 1930, in Kiowa, Kan., the daughter of Robert T. and Helen (Morris) Ishmael.
Helen lived in Stark City, Mo., and moved to Neosho in 1983 and then in 2004, moved to Joplin. She had worked as a teacher's aide and bus driver for the State School for the Handicapped, 1962-1992. Helen was a founding member of the Neosho chapter of the Bosom Buddies; she was active with the Newton County chapter of the American Cancer Society and the Relay for Life; Newcomers Club; Freeman Auxiliary; Joplin chapter of the DAR and a former 4-H leader and enjoyed playing games, traveling and being with her family. She was a member of the Fellowship Baptist Church, in Joplin, and was active in her church.
Helen and Robert "Bob" Hildebrand were married on Nov. 26, 1949, in Kiowa. He preceded her in death on Jan. 7, 2004.
She is survived by two daughters, Laurie Delano and husband, Gene, of Joplin, and Becky Armstrong and husband, Randy, of Broken Arrow, Okla.; two grandchildren, Mandy Armstrong, of Tulsa, Okla., and Lance Armstrong and wife, Lauren, of Woodbridge, Va.; and two great-grandchildren, Tiberius and Gideon. In addition to her husband and parents, she is preceded in death by two brothers, Robert Ishmael Jr. and Sam Ishmael.
Memorial services will be held on Saturday, Jan. 6, at 1 p.m. at the Fellowship Baptist Church, 2827 East 32nd Street, Joplin, MO. The family will receive friends following the service until 3 p.m. at the church.
Contributions, in memory of Helen, may be made to Neosho Relay for Life for Bosom Buddies or Fellowship Baptist Church, in care of Clark Funeral Home, PO Box 66, Neosho, MO 64850.
Online condolences may be posted at
Services are under the direction of Clark Funeral Home, Neosho, Mo.
Published on January 5, 2018