Nelda Olean Hilpert of Memphis, MO, passed away on Sunday, March 24, 2019, at the Scotland County Care Center in Memphis, MO. Nelda was born on February 9, 1925. She was the daughter of Mervin Smith Walker and Bertha Tweed Walker.

On April 18, 1944, she was married to Eugene Hilpert (Gene) who preceded her in death in February 1975.

Surviving are five children: Debbie Gorham (John), Vickie Hilpert, Kathy Green (Robert), Gary Hilpert (Terry), and Steve Hilpert (Sherry). Also surviving are: one sister, Delores Decker (Robert) of Macon, GA.; nine grandchildren, Sarah Gorham Mack (Brandon), Nicolas Gorham (Kristine), Lucas Green (Jennifer), Travis Green (Chrissy), Andrew Green (Marilyn), Angela Hilpert Sawyer, Gene Hilpert (Roxanne), Ryan Hilpert, and Chris Hilpert; eighteen great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews.

Nelda was also preceded in death by her parents and four siblings: Glenn Walker, Maxine Walker, Alice Walker Lillard, and Mervin Smith Walker, Jr.

Nelda graduated from high school in Williamstown, MO, attended Kirksville State Teachers College and taught in rural Scotland County schools for several years. She was employed by Scotland County R-I Schools for 27 years, first as a cook, then as secretary at the East Elementary School.

Nelda accepted Christ at an early age and was baptized as a member of Providence Baptist Church in Williamstown, MO. She was a member of Providence Baptist Church near Azen before becoming a member of First Baptist Church, Memphis, MO.

In 1991, Nelda moved to Memphis to live with her daughter Vickie. She and Vickie lived together until Nelda entered Scotland County Care Center in February 2019. The family would like to thank Vickie for her devoted care of her mother. Special thanks to Jeri McDonald for the love she showed to Nelda during good times and bad. She has been a faithful friend to the Hilpert family.

Funeral services for Nelda Hilpert were held March 27, 2019 at the First Baptist Church in Memphis with Pastor Dan Hite officiating. Musicians were Debbie and John Gorham singing Going Home and Heaven Just Got Sweeter For You. Interment followed in the Providence Cemetery in rural Scotland County, Missouri. Pallbearers were Gene Hilpert, Randy Liles, Lucas Green, Travis Green, Andrew Green, Nicolas Gorham, and Brandon Mack. At the conclusion of the committal, a luncheon was enjoyed by all at the First Baptist Church being provided and served by the ladies of the church.

Memorials in lieu of flowers are suggested to the Providence Baptist Cemetery Association in care of Payne Funeral Chapel, 202 E. Madison St. Memphis, Missouri 63555.

Online Condolences may be sent to the Hilpert family by logging onto Payne’s website at

Arrangements have been entrusted to the care of the Payne Funeral Chapel in Memphis.