Hildreth Baldridge


Hildreth S. “Hilly” Baldridge, 88, of Kokomo, formerly of Indianapolis and Columbus, passed away at 6:25 a.m., Sunday, November 22, 2015, at The Wellington of Kokomo. She was born June 18, 1927, in Indianapolis, to the late Robert H. and Bertha (Coughlin) Shelhorn. She married Warren McKnight “Mack” Baldridge on December 22, 1946, in Indianapolis, and he preceded her in death on October 11, 1984.

Hilly graduated from Shortridge High School in 1945 and attended Butler University for a short time. She was primarily a homemaker but was employed as a pastoral secretary at First Presbyterian Church for 10 years. She was a member of First Evangelical Presbyterian Church as well as the choir group. Hilly also was a member of various organizations such as PEO in Kokomo and Clio Club in Indianapolis.

Hilly enjoyed attending Kokomo Civic Theater productions and was very passionate about golf. She was Howard County Senior Women’s Champion for two consecutive years during the 1980s. She was a member of Kokomo Country Club for 33 years and played golf until after her 86th birthday. Hilly was also active in the Kokomo Great Banquet Community.

Surviving is daughter, Robbie (Jim) Cooper of Indianapolis; son, John (Phyllis) Baldridge of Princeton, Illinois; daughter, Maggie (Bill) Duncan, of Kokomo; six grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 37 years, Warren; two brothers, Bob and Frank Shelhorn; and one sister, Harriett Pfaff.

A memorial service will be held at 3:00 p.m. Monday, November 30, at First Evangelical Presbyterian Church, 2000 West Jefferson Street, Kokomo, with Pastor Jerry Van Auken officiating. Family will accept friends during a memorial visitation on Sunday, November 29, from 4:00 until 7:00 p.m., also at First EPC, and also on Monday from 2:00 p.m. until the time of service.

Memorial contributions may be made in memory of Hilly to First Evangelical Presbyterian Choir.

Arrangements were made by Ellers Mortuary in Kokomo.

You are invited to read Hilly’s obituary at www.ellersmortuary.com, where you may sign the guest book or share a personal message for the family.