Mrs. Armenia Hilton of Nederland, Texas, went to be with the Lord on May 11, 2020.
She was the daughter of Louis and Fannie Van Schoubroek. She grew up in the Chinquapin community and was married to Charles Ernest Hilton, who passed away in January 1970. Together, they had five children, Mattie Jo, Ernestine, Charles E. Hilton Jr., Mark, and Janie. Due to Mr. Hilton's work with a seismograph crew they lived in Illinois, Louisiana, New Mexico, California, and all over Texas. Armenia followed him in a car with their children.
When they returned to San Augustine, they started a day care center, which she ran from the early 1960s to the mid 1970s. She often made fresh bread to send home with the mothers when they came to pick up their children.
She was a longtime member of First Baptist Church of San Augustine and worked in the church nursery.
She married William Hilton in the early 1970s and moved to Nederland, Texas. She was a member of Calvary Baptist Church in Nederland where she loved her Sunday School class and the WMU. She helped prepare meals for the Lamar University Baptist Student Union, as well as many shut ins. She worked for several years at the Christian Bookstore in Nederland, where she shared God's love with many as she did her whole life.
She is survived by her husband, William Hilton; and her children and spouses, Mattie Jo Ainsworth (Nelson, deceased), Ernestine Johnson (Leonard), Mark Hilton (Dee), and Janie Mosley (Lonnie); her grandchildren, Angela Malone (Robert), Amanda Jo Pynes (Tim), Jason Mosley, Josh Mosley (Mandi), and Keith Ainsworth (Deb); and her great-grandchildren, Palmer and Karis Malone, Isla and Ellis Mosley, and Jordan, Josh, and Elena Jo Pynes. She is also survived by sisters, Merline Green, Jeannie Evans, and Joyce Robinson, and many other relatives and friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents; siblings, Lucy Lewis, Lee Van Schoubroek, and Ronnie Van Schoubroek; husband, Charles Ernest Hilton; her son, Charles Ernest Hilton Jr. and his wife Vicki Hilton and their children, Sarah Ellen and Joseph Charles, who were tragically killed on May 11, 1986.
As it is written on her son and his family's tombstone: "This world was not my home I was just passing through."
Armenia was dearly loved and will be missed by her family and friends. She was a wonderful mother, grandmother, great-grandmother--we were so blessed to have her in our lives for so many years.
Her family wishes to thank Bonne Vie Care Center's doctors, nurses, and staff members for their loving care for the past six months. Also appreciation is extended to Edwin Henly for comforting words and ministry officiating the service, as well as the staff of Wyman Roberts for the personalized, compassionate, and professional services. God bless you all!
Her service has been set for 2;30 p.m. Thursday, May 14, 2020, at Wyman Roberts Funeral Home's chapel, located at 316 W. Columbia St. in San Augustine, Texas. Interment will follow at Chinquapin Cemetery in San Augustine County.
Visitation will begin at 1:00 p.m. Thursday, May 14, 2020, at the Wyman Roberts Chapel.
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