Nancy Hilgard

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Nancy I. Hilgard, nee Irons, 91, of Belleville, IL, born in 1926, died peacefully Thursday, March 22, 2018, at her home.

Mrs. Hilgard was born in Pittsburg, Pennsylvania, the daughter of James and Dorothy, nee Gerhardt, Irons.  She married Richard W. Hilgard in 1949.

Nancy graduated from East Side High School in East St. Louis, IL, and worked at a law office until her marriage.  She was then a full-time homemaker, mother, and supportive spouse to her husband Dick, in his many civic and business matters.  She enjoyed her family, nieces and nephews, and many friends, socializing and hostessing a lifetime of nearly every weekend gatherings.

She was a Memorial Hospital Auxiliary member, and a member of the First Presbyterian Church.  She also volunteered at Belleville East High School library in her later years.

She was preceded in death by her husband; her parents; and her brother, James H. (Claire) Irons.

Surviving are her two sons, Richard W. Hilgard Jr., and James H. (Jennifer) Hilgard;
five grandchildren, Jamie Gine, Katie Hilgard, Joseph Hilgard, Anna Hilgard, and Timothy Hilgard;
and two great-grandchildren, Ava and Preston Gine.

Memorials may be made to the Salvation Army. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at

Visitation:  Friends may visit from 10 to 11 a.m. Saturday, April 14, 2018, at George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Belleville, IL.        

Funeral:  A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 14, 2018, at George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Belleville, IL, with Rev. Robert Dyer officiating.


6 Comments on Nancy Hilgard

George "Skip" Uhl said : Guest Report Apr 18, 2018 at 7:51 PM

Jim, Rick and families, I am so sorry that Nancy and I were out of town and missed your Mom's service. We received the news of her passing with great sadness. We want to express our sincerest sympathies to you. No matter what age, it is always difficult to lose a parent. Your Mom was a joy to know throughout my life. She was a kind, caring and wonderful neighbor. I will always remember the good times that I spent at your house as a child and our chats with her on our sidewalk catching up with your news during her walks with Dixie. Our thoughts and prayers to you. Warmest regards, Skip and Nancy

  • Belleville
  • IL
Alderman Phil Elmore said : Guest Report Apr 17, 2018 at 7:41 PM

So sorry to hear of your loss. I know she has been convalescing at home for some time. I've been her neighbor and alderman for many years. Your family is in my thoughts & prayers.

  • Belleville
  • IL
DeDe and Kyle Clark said : Guest Report Apr 17, 2018 at 4:31 PM

Kyle and I were so sorry to hear of your mom's passing but so thankful that she went peacefully. She was such a beautiful lady Regretfully we did not learn of Nancy's service until it was too late I am sorry that we were not able to pay our respects and say our last farewell to this wonderful person we love her very much and will miss her terribly I know she is resting in peace along side her God, family, and many many good friends who love her dearly Our thoughts and prayers are with you all DeDe and Kyle

  • Swansea
  • IL
Joy Hayward said : Guest Report Apr 12, 2018 at 12:37 PM

I’m so sorry to hear of Nancy’s passing, but know that she lived a wonderful life! My Grandma, Selma Stortzum, worked for, and was a friend of, Nancy & Dick and Dot & Pop for many years. It was always a pleasure to see Nancy and I pray she rests in peace. My prayers are with your family.

  • Belleville
  • IL
Amy Becker said : Guest Report Apr 12, 2018 at 1:10 AM

Nancy will be missed. She was our neighbor for over 46 years. I will miss her walking her dog Dixie down the sidewalk. Your family is in my thoughts and prayers.

  • IL
Rusty Irons said : Guest Report Apr 10, 2018 at 8:15 PM

Aunt Nancy was one of the most kind and beautiful persons in the world. She was one of my dearest friends and always a mother to me. I will miss our long conversations and the joy we shared. She has guided me throughout my life and I am forever grateful for the times we shared. I miss her terribly. Certainly she will watch over us from heaven. She has always been an angel. I love you Aunt Nancy. Rusty

  • Austin
  • TX

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