Hilda Lucille Day, 89, of Connersville passed away peacefully Monday morning, February 13, 2023 at her home surrounded by her loving family.
She was born January 6, 1934 in Liberty, Indiana, one of eight children of Guy Enoch and Martha Potter Jackson, and she attended Richmond Public Schools.
As a young woman, she sang with her family, the Jackson Singers. They were the opening act for popular groups of the Gospel Caravan which included Mahalia Jackson, a young Sam Cooke, and the Five Blind Boys of Alabama, just to name a few.
On December 6, 1952, she married the love of her life, Eugene Nelson Day in Richmond, Indiana. Mr. Day Survives.
For over 30 years, she was employed by Ford-Visteon, retiring in 1996.
Hilda was a proud member of Mt. Zion Baptist Church.
She loved going to yard sales and was a collector of antiques and costume jewelry.
One of her greatest loves was spending time with her grandkids and family. A very generous and caring person, Hilda never met a stranger.
She was also lovingly known as “Mama”, “J-Lo”, “Hilen”, and “Luke”.
Survivors, besides her husband of 70 years, Gene, include five children, Regina Collins and Terri (Leroy) Benjamin, both of Connersville, Carol (Mike) Greenway and John (Lisa) Day, both of Phoenix, Arizona, and Michael Day of New Castle, Indiana; sixteen grandchildren, including the two oldest, Eric and Fawn, who played a special role in their grandma’s journey over the last few years, and Ian, Blake, Christopher, Chris, Matthew, Xavier, Bria, Jordan, Darien, Zion, Savanna, Dylan, Danny, and Jessica; 21 great grandchildren; three sisters, Peggy Jackson, Patty Gipson, and Renae Jackson; a brother, Maurice Jackson; and a number of nieces, nephews, and cousins.
She was preceded in death by a daughter, Martha Diane Day; three grandchildren, Victor and Victoria Gray and McKaleigh Day; two sisters, Mae Bozarth and Faye Guess; and a brother, Bobbie Lee Jackson.
The family would like to give a special thanks to the caregivers who helped them along this journey: Darlene Wells, Best Home Services, and Reid Hospice.
Funeral services will be conducted by Reverend Alex Fahie at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, February 18, 2023 at the Mt. Zion Baptist Church where friends may call at the church from 10:00 a.m. until the time of service. Visitation for family and friends will be 4:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. Friday, February 17, 2023 at Miller, Moster, Robbins Funeral Home. Burial will be in Dale Cemetery.
Online condolences may be made anytime at millermosterrobbins.com.