Celebration of life for beloved faculty Judy Hileman

mom-230x300Judith Caroline Hileman passed away at her home Monday morning, July 7 at the age of 72 after battling Leukemia for two years.

Judy is predeceased by her father, Orville Willis, her mother, Caroline Willis, her brother Dr. James Charles Seeley and her sister Janet Seeley, sister in law Anita Seeley, brother in law David Hileman and her niece Jennifer Seeley and nephew Tommy Hileman.

Judy is survived by her husband of 52 years, Phil Hileman I. They were married in Miami, Oklahoma on May 4th, 1962.

Judy is lovingly remembered by her sister Sue Luken and her husband Jerry, their son Rob, her brother in law Duane Nigus and her sister in law JoAnne Hileman and her sons, Philip A Hileman II and his wife Christina and Keil E Hileman II and his wife Amy, Grandchildren, Lane Claire Hileman, Suzanna (Zuzu) Caroline Hileman, Katherine Aulana Hileman, Alexia Judith Hileman, Anna Nicole Karakoussis, Anthony Nicolaos Karakoussis, and Evan Nicolaos Karakoussis, and great grandchildren Nikolaos and Keira and her Niece Annie Caroline Stanley and her husband Chris, their children, Max and Mia and her nephew James Charles Seeley II and spouse Maria Louisa Villalta, her niece Beth Kalberg and her husband Chris and their son Michael, nephews Durwin Nigus and wife Pam and their sons Trevor and Nathan and Philip Nigus and wife Chonita and son Isaac and daughter Cheyenne.

Judy was born in Horton, Kansas on June 20th, 1942. She graduated from Hiawatha Kansas High School in 1960 and went on to earn a Nursing degree from St Luke’s School of Nursing and a Masters in Nursing from the University Of Kansas and a PhD and APRN from The University of Kansas in 1990. She developed a research tool that has been used by more than 100 researchers in 18 countries to aid in research related to cancer. Judy worked in many areas of Nursing beginning as an Aide in the Hiawatha Hospital as an 8th grader and ending her career teaching at The University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Nursing and Health Studies for the last 24 years. She turned in her grades for her last 8 classes with 163 students just 7 weeks before her death.

Judy loved reading, camping and gardening and all of nature’s beauty. Her grandchildren were a special light in her life. She loved teaching and her students to a person. She always said that her two favorite areas of nursing were hospice and teaching. She and the hospice nurses who cared for her during her final days traded stories about hospice experiences. Judy loved and respected all of God’s creatures and was never heard to use the word hate.

There will be a celebration of Judy’s life service at The Overland Park Presbyterian Church at 8029 Overland Park Drive on Saturday, July 19th at 10:30 followed by a luncheon. Visitation prior to the service.

The burial of her ashes will take place at a later date at a small family gathering. Judy’s wish was that in lieu of flowers or cards she wanted donations to go to The Student Assistance Fund at UMKC School of Nursing and Health Studies.

UMKC School of Nursing & Health Studies
Attn: Michael D. Johnson
Health Sciences Building
2464 Charlotte
Kansas City, MO 64108