Hilda Nelly Lopez

February 28, 1929 - May 29, 2018
Hilda Nelly Lopez


Hilda Nelly Lopez, age 89 of Wilmington passed away on Tuesday, May 29, 2018 at Autumn Care of Myrtle Grove. She was born on February 28, 1929 in Santiago, Chile.

She is survived by her daughter, Viviana and her husband Ricardo, and her youngest daughter Doris. She is preceded in death by her oldest daughter Diana and her husband of 62 years, Hugo Lopez.

She grew up attending the Evangelical Methodist Church in Chile along with her family and became involved in singing with the youth and adult choirs. At an Evangelical Methodist Choir Festival she met her future husband, Hugo Lopez. They courted for four years and were married on February 7, 1953. She continued to be involved in the church as a Sunday School teacher as well as singing with the adult choir. She and her husband became the proud parents of three daughters.

In 1970, when her husband made a career move to become a minister in the United Methodist Church, they left their homeland in Chile and moved to the United States, and settled in Illinois. In her new role as a minister’s wife she took on many responsibilities supporting the communities where they lived. She worked side by side with her husband in the ministry and took on a bigger role when he was assigned to work within the Hispanic community. She enjoyed teaching Sunday School to the children and spending time with the families. She continued her love of sewing, knitting and other crafts throughout her life as well as cooking and baking. Upon retirement they settled in Wilmington, NC and enjoyed the last years of their lives in this community that offered much love and comfort.

Funeral services will be held at a later date.

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  • May 31, 2018
    Randy Robinson says:
    Laura and I remember with great thanksgiving to God Hilda Lopez and her dear husband Hugo. Our sympathy upon her passing and our prayers for Christ's presence among your family.

  • June 02, 2018
    Miley Palmer, retired clergy says:
    Hugo: May you be comforted by wonderful memories, upheld by the payers of many friends, and - most of all - sustained by the faith and hope we have through Christ our Lord.

  • June 02, 2018
    Shauna Summers IGRC Pastoral Care and Counseling says:
    We Illinois United Methodists are grateful for Hilda and Hugo's shared ministry here. Their labor was not in vain (1Corin. 15:58). May God comfort you in this sad time.

  • June 03, 2018
    Carol Henry says:
    So sad to hear of Miss Hilda's passing. She was a very sweet, pleasant lady. I enjoyed sitting with her at Autumn Care, and seeing her precious smile. She will truly be missed.

  • June 04, 2018
    Bishop Frank J. Beard says:
    Dear Family and Friends of Hilda Nelly Lopez, In memory of Hilda, having enriched so many through her example, leadership and love, I send my deepest sympathy. †Bishop Frank J. Beard