Hilda Ruth Elliott-Penrod, 95, of Rock Island, formerly of Geneseo, passed away on Sunday, May 10, 2020 at Silver Cross Nursing Center, Rock Island. Private family services for Mrs. Penrod were 10 am, Wednesday, May 13, 2020 at Wheelan-Pressly Funeral Home and Crematory, Rock Island. Burial will be in Greenview Memorial Gardens, East Moline. Memorials may be made to Habitat for Humanity.


Hilda was born on February 7, 1925 in Roodhouse, Illinois, a daughter of Lester and Lillie (Charlton) Elliott. She married William “Soc” Penrod on September 12, 1944 in Louisiana, Missouri. He preceded her in death in 1993.


One of 14 children, she survived polio and grew up during the Great Depression in Louisiana, Missouri. She was an avid reader and could learn to do anything by reading details. Hilda had a sharp wit and was a great game player. She loved to entertain, was an excellent cook, and always had meals in the freezer to serve unexpected guests. Hilda’s family especially loved her banana cream pie, and the candies she always made for the holidays. She was a wonderful seamstress, at one time aspiring to be a fashion designer, but instead started a drapery business that served many clients throughout the Quad Cities. After she and her husband, “Soc” retired, they traveled to the British Isles, Alaska, and Hawaii. After his passing in 1993, she continued to seek adventure as a lifelong learner. She often hosted students from China during several Thanksgiving holidays. When she was 75, she traveled to Thailand, going so far as riding an elephant, and taking a river cruise during which she slept on a cot on the deck. A couple of years after that, she went on a mission trip to Mexico to build homes - her job being to lay cement blocks! Among one of her last trips was a cruise through the Panama Canal. Hilda belonged to a bridge club, and played bridge at several senior living facilities in Geneseo. She also led many scripture studies. Although she was raised Southern Baptist, she attended several different Christian churches over the course of her lifetime. She belonged to a birthday club, enjoying the monthly gatherings with her friends. Hilda was a member of an investment club, thoroughly enjoyed “working” the stock market, and was very wise in her investments. Until her stroke, she was a quilter, belonged to a quilting club, and won several awards.


Hilda is survived by her children, Linda (Louie) Alongi, Rock Island, and William (Jeannie) Penrod, Colona; seven grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren, and two great-great-grandchildren, all living in the Quad Cities. She was preceded in death by her son, Kenneth Penrod (1975) and husband, William “Soc” Henry Penrod.


Surviving siblings are Lloyd Elliott and Marie Martin, both in Louisiana, Missouri, Harold Elliott, California, and Martha Peavey, Bettendorf. Hilda’s sister-in-law, Ethel Mae Skillman, also lives in Louisiana, Missouri. Having had thirteen siblings, she was blessed with many, many nieces and nephews!


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