HILMA NORDHAUSEN ELLIOTT was born in High Hill, Texas on August 30, 1905 to Amelia Glumpler and Paul Nordhausen. She left the farm and headed to Houston around 1923 when her Aunt Agnes Seeberger asked her to help with managing the Dow Public School Cafeteria. In October 1925 she started her career with Southwest Bell Telephone Company and remained there until her retirement. She first became a switchboard operator at the Hadley Exchange. When the dial system developed she worked at the Capital Exchange and supervised the teletype. Later she became supervisor of the Commercial Department. Hilma played basketball on the 1929 Southwest Bell Telephone Women's team and was an officer in XI Chapter of Beta Sigma Phi. She was a member of the Telephone Pioneers of America and the Turn Verein. She loved to fish, ride horseback, travel, bowl and play bridge or forty-two. Hilma had a wonderful attitude and enthusiastic love of life. She was preceded in death by her husband, Aubrey G. Elliott in 1990. Other loved ones no longer living are three sisters, Olga Ahrens, Ella Brueggman, Lillian Bettencourt, and two brothers, Herbert and Arno. She is survived by one niece, Lynn Brueggman Ralph, four great nephews, Jason Holtz, Ben, Charles, and Walter Ralph, one great niece, Jane Ralph Arensberg, and five great great nephews and two great great nieces. Also surviving Hilma are her dear friends, Linda Bulishak and Joan Recht. Visitation will be held on Wednesday, June 11, 2003 from 12:00 noon until 1:00 P.M. A funeral service will begin at 1:00 P.M. on Wednesday, June 11, 2003 in the Chapel of The Settegast-Kopf Co. Funeral Directors, with Pastor Donald Black, who has lovingly ministered to Hilma during her years at Bayou Manor, officiating. Pallbearers will be Dwight L. Recht and David H. Recht. For those desiring, memorial contributions may be directed to Trinity Lutheran Church, 800 Houston Ave., Houston, Texas 77007, where she was a member since 1925.
Published in the Houston Chronicle on 6/10/2003.