Hilda Leora Decker

May 20, 1934July 28, 2018

Hilda Leora Decker, 84, of West Oneonta passed away peacefully Saturday, July 28, 2018 at home surrounded by her loving family. She was born May 20, 1934 in Oneonta the daughter of the late Ora and Irma Belle (Steenrod) Sullivan. Hilda was a homecare provider. She cared for many of her family members and also community members. Hilda was a woman of many talents, she was an excellent yodeler, cake decorator, dancer and sewer. She used to go to the Button and Bows Square Dances and would make her own costumes. Some of the most fondest memories her grandchildren have of her is Hilda teaching them how to bake cookies and make candy. She enjoyed being a den mother when her son was in Boy Scouts, jig saw puzzles, watching old movies, tending to her flower beds and playing monopoly, scrabble and cards. There were many pitch games played at Hilda’s home. She had a love of music and always encouraged her children to play music. At times she would have a house full of neighborhood kids rehearsing their music. She was a member of the West Oneonta Baptist Church, and the West Oneonta Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary. Hilda is survived by her daughter, Connie Place-Martin (Thomas), West Oneonta; son, Steve Decker and companion, Connie Manon, West Oneonta; 12 grandchildren; many great grandchildren and great-great grandchildren; sister, Beatrice Holmes, Stannardville, VA; as well as several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her son, Chris Decker and brothers, Lyle and James Sullivan. Hilda’s family would like to extend their gratitude to the staff at Catskill Area Hospice for their warm and compassionate care given to Hilda and her family. There will be no calling hours. Family is invited to pay their respects at the memorial flower garden at Hilda’s home. In lieu of cut flowers, family is invited to bring a live flower or seeds to plant in the memorial garden. For those who wish memorial donations may be made to Catskill Area Hospice & Palliative Care, Inc., 297 River Street Service Road, Oneonta, New York 13820 in loving memory of Hilda Leora Decker. To light a candle or send an online condolence please visit Funeral arrangements are by the Bookhout Funeral Home, Oneonta.


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Peggy Lewis

August 15, 2018

Sorry for your loss. Enjoyed times spent with Hilda.

Barbara Thomas

July 31, 2018

Hilda brings such warm heartfelt memories to mind. I could always get a glimpse of her impish smile and a twinkle in her eye , whenever I had the chance to be around her.

Hilda always cared deeply about anyone she came in contact with, she would verbally express her heartfelt love as well as concern for others.

The love she had for her family, was so deeply rooted in her soul, loving each and every one in her own special way, her love never wavered and she loved them each for exactly who they are.

We would all be blessed to have that kind of love. I am thankful to God for giving me the blessing of having known Hilda and will always remember and treasure the memories I have.

My heartfelt prayer, thoughts and love to all her family.

Love and prayers, Barb
Tom sends his prayers and love to all too.