Died: Fri., Jul. 31, 2020

Interment following funeral service

Fri., Aug. 07, 2020


10:00 AM to 12:00 PM, Fri., Aug. 07, 2020
Location: Zion Tabernacle Apostolic Faith Church

Private Services

12:00 PM Fri., Aug. 07, 2020
Location: Zion Tabernacle Apostolic Faith Church

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Hilda Swanigan Everett (also known as “Baby Sister” and “Aunt Babe”) was born on April 9, 1933 to the union of Laura and Tollie Swanigan, Sr. in Brinkley, Arkansas.  She was the youngest sister of 20 siblings and represented the last surviving member of her generation until God called her home on Friday, July 31, 2020. 


Hilda was raised in a faith-based home and received Christ at an early age.  She received her formal education in Arkansas and was a high school basketball player;  she was the “shooter” as she loved to tell people. 


Hilda spent most of her adult life in Chicago, Illinois and Indianapolis, Indiana. She spent 25 years working at Indianapolis-based Thomas & Skinner, a magnetician company, and retired in 1996.  She experienced two marriages – the first to Laross Green (deceased) and the second to Harold Everett (deceased).  Hilda bore seven children and dedicated her life as their sole nurturer. She established a safe, welcoming and Christian home.  She supported and encouraged her children daily and taught them how to live.  It was often observed and expressed that Hilda was serious about two areas of her life: her children and her love for God.  She served both with enthusiasm and unmatched commitment. 

Hilda was a faithful 38-year member of Zion Tabernacle Apostolic Church.  It was considered her second home.  You could find her there every Tuesday for bible study and Sunday for all services!  She was a member of the Zion Tabernacle Missionary Auxiliary Board, the Nurse’s Board and volunteer at the church’s food pantry.  She enjoyed spending her retirement days visiting the sick and running errands for individuals with limited mobility.  She was most proud of her sustained independence and recently renewed her driver’s license at age 87. She loved to get into her car and as she would say, “just ride.” 

Hilda had a love for family.  She adored her siblings, enjoyed her role as “Aunt Babe” to all of her nieces and nephews, and had a sense of pride whenever a new grandchild was added to her family tree.  All grandsons had the same name – “Bo-Bo.” The granddaughters would often sit up under her and inhale the breath of her unspoken wisdom. She enjoyed making them butter rolls and recently shared her secret recipe. She was always tickled by the innocent behavior of her great-grandchildren and  never missed an opportunity to slide them a piece of chewing gum. 

It warmed her heart to cook a special meal for her adult sons and watch them devour her famous fried potatoes. Her daughters studied under her leadership and learned how to become women of strength, courage, independence, and faith.  She was special in the hearts of her daughter-in-law and sons-in-law, and they held her in high regard. The highlights of her life were those moments when family gathered for holidays and birthdays.  She showed up for everything.

Hilda was full of energy and life.  She moved swiftly, laughed often and enjoyed dancing.  She was observant, strategic, resourceful, and private.  Some of her children would refer to her as a “secret squirrel.” Hilda took excellent care of herself mentally, spiritually, emotionally and physically, and she never missed an opportunity to help others take care of themselves – let’s just say she had an eye for weight gain. She also had an eye for fashion and was best known for her Sunday church hats.  Hilda spoke very little in public but smiled often.   Perhaps her best attribute, aside from strength and wisdom, was her ability to love unconditionally. She was a woman of grace, good character, and strong faith. 

Hilda departed this earthly live on Friday, July 31, 2020. She lived her life with sincerity, integrity and   gratitude and will be missed by those who knew her best.  She was preceded in death by her parents and nineteen siblings. 

She leaves to cherish her memory her seven children, Dennis Swanigan, Denise Patton (Robert), Governor Green, Elise Green, Delise Green-Okowa, Mautrice Meriweather (Gregory), and Maurice Everett (Theodora); eleven grandchildren, Robert Patton, III (Erin), Rolawn Patton, Jeremy Garrett (Kathryn), Simone Watford, Eboni Ballard (Darius), Joseph Everett, Venus Everett, Rinnah Green, Governor Green, Jr., Gregory Meriweather II, and London Okowa; and eight great-grandchildren, Arielle Patton, Aleeyah Patton, Alanna Patton, Robert Patton, Jalon Patton, Mariah Garrett, Timothy Garrett, and Aubree Watford and a host nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.


Humbly Submitted………………The Family


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