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Harriet Lorene Hillesland
January 26, 1931 - August 6, 2017

Place of Birth: Florence, South Dakota
Residence: Sidney, Montana
Age: 86

Harriet Lorene Hillesland died peacefully in the Sidney Extended Care Facility on August 6, 2017 in Sidney, Montana at the age of 86.
Harriet was born on January 26, 1931 in Florence, SD. She graduated from Watertown High school in 1949. She married Alton Hillesland in 1954. They lived many places in North Dakota, Wisconsin, and Montana, most recently in Culbertson and Watford City before settling and retiring in Sidney, Montana.
Harriet, daughter of Christian and Hilda Ohnstad, was the youngest of 9 children and is survived by her husband, Alton and four children: Tom (Marie) Hillesland, Helena, MT; Jeff (Sally) Hillesland, LaCrosse, WI; Chris (Billie) Hillesland, Sidney, MT; Sana (Ken) Keller, Phoenix, AZ; 12 grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren; and two sisters, Wilma Lien and Gladys Bates. She is preceded in death by two brothers, four sisters and one grandson, Jade.
Harriet served in many capacities in the churches where Alton was pastor, including women’s Bible study groups, quilting groups, Vacation Bible School, and her favorite: directing choirs, especially children’s choirs.
Harriet excelled at keeping their home warm and inviting, complete with the wonderful aromas of fresh-baked bread and supper simmering on the stove, along with a freezer filled with assorted homemade cookies, pies and bars so that expected or unexpected visitors would be well-fed. She enjoyed creating new recipes and won awards in recipe competitions with her most favored recipe being Chocolate Cinnamon Rolls.
She was known for her abilities as a seamstress, willing to tackle anything, from men’s suits to living room draperies to prom dresses, not to mention the majority of clothing for her children and herself.
Harriet made time to share her cooking, baking and sewing skills with countless women and girls. Her sharing culminated in the creation of a cookbook entitled, “Clean Your Plate & Kiss the Cook”, which included over 450 recipes. All proceeds from sales of the cookbooks were contributed to the building of water wells in African villages. Through Harriet’s efforts, 3 wells were drilled in Africa, providing clean water for hundreds of families.

Memorial Contribution
The family prefers memorials be directed to Lutheran World Relief-Water Wells.

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Ann & Jeff Johnsrud (Watford City, ND)
Aug 7, 2017
Alton and family,

We were so sad to hear of Harriet's passing. We know she is with her heavenly father!

We have such good memories of your families' time in Watford City. Never to be forgotten.

Our prayers and thoughts to all of you during this difficult time.
Charley and Chole Butler (Sidney, MT)
Aug 7, 2017
Pastor Alton and family,
We are very sorry to hear about Harriet's passing. She was a special lady. May our Lord continue to comfort your family. God Bless.
Kelly Dey
Aug 7, 2017
Alton and family,
My sympathies for your families at this somber time. Prayers for you.
Richard and Gayle Bentz (Vancouver, Washington)
Aug 7, 2017
Alton and family..our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time..Harriet left a wonderful legacy. She will be missed, but her love and memories will live on through each of you and the people she touched.
Susan Dahl (Fairivew, MT)
Aug 7, 2017
I am so sorry to hear of Harriet's passing. She was a true Scandinavian woman that was strong in her faith and convictions. We had many good talks in her room while I worked at ECF. I will miss her words of wisdom and encouragement. I suspect heaven will be a bit more organized with Harriet there and I can smell the baking from here. My prayers for healing hearts and lasting memories.
Joy Patten (Watford City, ND)
Aug 7, 2017
Dear Pastor Alton and Family,
We are so sorry for your loss. Harriet was a very purposeful and productive lady who did so much good. We were blessed to know her. You have our prayers and sympathy!

Dale, Joy, Kendra and Austin Patten
Charlotte Simonsen Guptill (Craig, Colorado)
Aug 8, 2017
Pastor Hillesland and family, Was saddened to hear of your loss of Harriet. May God give you comfort at this time and may your memories hold you close until you meet again. With prayers, love, and sympathy, Charlotte
David and Allison Krogedal (Froid, Montana)
Aug 8, 2017
Rev. Hillesland and Family - Although we did not personally know you Wife/Mother, we are deeply saddened for your loss. We will miss you at the Threshing Bee in Culbertson this year, Rev., but hope to see you in the area. Our sincere condolences.
Rick Later (Dillon , Montana )
Aug 8, 2017
We extend our DEEPEST and MOST SINCERE CONDOLENCES.
Rick & Cooky Later
Dennis Johnson (Watford City, North Dakota )
Aug 8, 2017
Alton and family, our sympathy to you and your families. Had many good visits when you and Harriet lived across from Dennis's folks, Elmer and Erna Johnson. I have a copy of Harriet's cookbook. Love it. Dennis and Vonnie Johnson
Caren Barnett (Minot, ND)
Aug 8, 2017
My sympathy to the family of this precious lady. Love and prayers to my dear friend Sana.
Joann and Neil Williamsl (Sidney)
Aug 8, 2017
Thoughts and prayers enjoyed meeting and visiting with her at. Extended care
Charlotte (Tharp) Hafer (Helena, MT)
Aug 8, 2017
Alton and family,
I'm sorry to hear of Harriet's passing. I have wonderful memories of her. She was a very special lady. All my love and prayers to you.
Susan Wanner ( Williston , North Dakota)
Aug 8, 2017
Thoughts and prayers are with all of you at this Difficult time
Larry & Viviane Valberg (Circle Pines, MN)
Aug 8, 2017
Alton and Family
Our deepest condolences on your loss. It seems that the siblings are slowly forming a reunion without us, at least until we go to glory with them. May you find comfort and peace in memories of her, and the joy of the children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren. You are all in our prayers and thoughts.
Ruthann Knutson (Chippews Falls, Wisconsin)
Aug 8, 2017
My mother, Beverly Kilde, played piano for Harriet when she directed the junior choir at the Drammen Lutheran Church in rural Mondovi, WI. Ironically Aug 9 marks the 7th year since Mom slipped into heaven. I think they will be making some beautiful music there. May God comfort you all.
Norman & Jill Torgerson (Apache Junction, AZ)
Aug 9, 2017
Alton and family we would like to send our deepest sympathies along with prayers of strength in your time of sorrow.
Vic and Colleen Garcia (Grand Junction , Colorado )
Aug 10, 2017
Sana and family. May our Heavenly Father comfort and bless all of you during this time of sorrow.May you all find peace knowing she is resting with her maker.
Richard and Marilee Will (Sidney, MT)
Aug 10, 2017
We will miss seeing her smiling face. I will always remember her when I use her Cook Book, and I have some favorite recipes in there. Praying for the family during this time.
Harriet's Family
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Andy, Melissa, Daniel, Angela & Michael
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