Kathleen Smith Hilmo (Kathy) passed away at Sunny Vista Living Center in Colorado Springs, CO on Monday, June 18, 2018. She was 87 years old.
Daughter of the late John and Elsie Smith, she was born in 1931 in Newport News, VA. Her husband, LTC Orin Hilmo, preceded her in death in April 1975. She was a devoted military wife and a retired elementary school teacher in El Paso, TX.
Kathy, while widowed young, always loved life and looked for ways to help others. After the tragically early death of her husband, she re-entered the academic world, achieving her Master's Degree in Education and becoming a respected elementary school reading specialist in El Paso, volunteering to work with under-privileged children and mentoring new teachers.
Survivors include her daughter, Ann Hilmo of Springfield, MO, Bob Hilmo of Monument, CO, seven grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
A Graveside Service will be held at 10:00 a.m. Tuesday, July 3, 2018 in the West Point Cemetery at the US Military Academy at West Point, NY.
The family has requested, in lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Kathy's name to the Alzheimer's Association, P.O. Box 96011, Washington DC 20090-6011, or at www.alz.org.