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Her funeral will be at 1 p.m. Thursday at the Newberg Christian Church. Pastor David Case will officiate. There will be a private committal at the Unity Cemetery.
Mrs. Hix was born on Dec. 27, 1922, at Hereford to William Asa and Rebecca Ruth Van Cleave Koontz. She grew up and received her early education at Hereford and was a Hereford High School graduate.
She married Thomas G. Hilger in 1941 and they moved to a lumber camp at Bates. Mr. Hilger died in 1962.
She moved to Newberg in 1963 and had lived there since. She married John Wesley Hix at Newberg on Sept. 5, 1971. She was employed as an assembly worker for Adec, retiring after 22 years with the company. A homemaker, her hobbies included crocheting, reading and traveling.
Survivors include her husband, John Hix of Newberg; two sons, Shaylor Hilger and Norven Hilger, both of Newberg; four daughters, Ardith Burnett, Fonda Schmidt, Tanya Dehart and Rebecca Bertagna, all of Newberg; two stepdaughters, Laura Reed of Newberg and Cheryl Henderson of Elkins, Ark.; two brothers, Henry Koontz of Kennewick, Wash., and Chester Koontz of Hereford; three sisters, Edith Derrick of Unity, Wilma Loeks of Dundee and Maxine Brouillette of Brookings; 13 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; and those who had come to know and appreciate her where she had lived and worked.
She was preceded in death by a stepdaughter, Bandon Gene Hilger; and a sister, Donna Bradford.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society through Attrell’s Newberg Chapel, 207 Villa Road, Newberg, OR 97132.
Used with permission from: The Baker City Herald, Baker City, Oregon, October 7, 2001
Transcribed by: Belva Ticknor