MARGARET ISABELLE HILLARD, 93, of Grove Manor, Grove City, formerly of Eau Claire area passed away early Thursday morning (11-05-20) at the Manor following a period of declining health. Born in Venango Twp., Butler Co., she was the daughter of the late William G. and Miriam I. Ferguson Hillard. Margaret was a member of the Eau Claire Presbyterian Church. Her life could be defined by two words: faith and family. She began reading though the Holy Bible yearly at age nineteen and continued that discipline until age ninety-two. She spent hours in prayer and looked forward to Heaven’s treasures. Her favorite hymns “How Great Thou Art” and “In the Garden” reflected her simple faith in a Great God.
Her family grew over the years and she loved showing pictures and sharing stories with her new friends at Grove Manor. She always referred to her adult children as her “kids” and loved being a mother, grandmother, and a “Gram.” That was truly her calling and purpose on this earth. Her surviving, meaningful family members are Jane (Larry) Andre of Clintonville, Sally (Stan) Morgan of New Brighton, Ken (Connie) Hillard of Eau Claire, and Ann Adkins of Collingsville, VA.; eight grandchildren: Chris, Erin, Ben, Kendra, Mike, Suzanne, Meagan, and Elizabeth; eleven great-grandchildren: Cami, Ella, Joel, Hannah, Isaac, Lily, Jacob, Roman, Faith, Trent, Marissa, and several nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband Frank L. Hillard whom she married March 27, 1948, and who passed away November 11, 1978. She was preceded in death by Great-grandson Cooper Morgan. She was also preceded in death by brother Robert (Bobby) Cupples, and sisters Wanda Bigley, Louise Hillard, and Jean Sellers. A family visitation and funeral service was held Saturday afternoon, November 7, 2020, at Buzard Funeral Home in Eau Claire with Pastors Chuck Cline and Chris Morgan officiating. Burial followed at Eau Claire Cemetery. A special Thank-You goes to all staff members at Grove Manor for their wonderful love and care of Margaret over the years. To view/send condolences, sympathy cards, visit www.buzardfuneralhomes.com