At the end of the week, we will be heading down to St. Petersburg, Florida to celebrate the great Ufda of the family. It's impossible to think of this grandmother without smiling - she left her family with enough sweet and funny stories to write a book! Take a look at this quick article about her (here) - it tells the story about her career as the first woman to sell insurance, which is pretty amazing to learn about!
HILTON, Joan Lundt 86, passed away peacefully on July 10, 2013. She was predeceased by her daughter, Karen Louise Taylor in 2000 and her grandson, Drew Taylor in 2012. She is survived by her son, Bob Hilton; daughter, Liz Hilton; as well as eight grandchildren and 10 great-grand-children. Born in Beloit, Wisconsin, Mrs. Hilton graduated from Beloit High School and attended the University of Wisconsin. She was married for 19 years to Robert T. Hilton. She moved from Beloit to DeKalb, Illinois and to Ames, Iowa before settling in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida where she became a pioneer in the insurance business with Liberty Mutual, serving as one of the first female sales agents in the State of Florida. She had a very successful career spanning 25 years, retiring at 65. In retirement she moved to Littleton, Colorado, Beverly Hills, Florida and, in 2002, St. Petersburg. She loved to travel and was particularly fond of roller coasters. She became affectionately known as "Ufda" in her later years due to her quick wit and positive outlook on life. Services will be held on Saturday, July 27. In lieu of flowers, send donations to Suncoast Hospice or the Florida Orchestra. (Published in the Tampa Bay Times on July 14, 2013)