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  1. William Noel
    01 May 2017 @ 10:03 am


    You had the privilege of knowing her and being blessed by her influence in your life. I met her once, more than 30 years ago, and found her so amazing and interesting that will never forget her.

  2. Jeannie Prehn Gilbert
    03 May 2017 @ 10:18 pm

    I was on the Mt. Whitney Trail this week. I was thinking about the amazing Grandma Whitney as I hiked. I never knew her personally, but heard her interviewed on a radio show. She was remarkable. Her influence touched many. I didn’t know you were related. I knew you briefly at PUC. Small world.

  3. James hunt
    03 May 2017 @ 11:04 pm

    Well Mrs Crooks was not famous when I was a little kid. She started a little nature club for the neighborhood children which my mom would take us to. I don’t remember how often the club met or the other kids who attended with my sister and me. I have fond memories of going on hikes in the foothills and learning all the flowers and bushes and trees along with all the wildlife in the hills. Probably the best preschool anyone could ever hope for. She was so kind and patient with us little tikes and made learning all this stuff fun and we looked forward to our visits to her house. We lived at the top of San Juan dr. And being the first house built there, all of nature started at the edge of our yard. Spent long hours wondering the hills exploring for things I hadn’t seen before. I would tell her the things I found and was always interested and would explain thing if I already didn’t know. When I moved away after dental school I alway fallowed Her notoriety with pride knowing she was my friend.

  4. Esther White
    04 May 2017 @ 9:24 am

    Jack, Loren and I worked with you at Miami Mission 1980-81. Hilda was my inspiration since high school also. I have claimed Whitney several times from 3 different routes. What a blessing she was!

  5. Shanna Johnson
    05 May 2017 @ 6:02 am

    Amazing woman!! I still remember hiking to the top of Mt Whitney with her and my patents when I was 6 years old!! I still tell people this story and I am now 43! I remember getting to the very top and looking down on the clouds, and there was a tv crew there documenting it. It was quite an experience! I also was in some of the local 5k run she was in too! I plan on always being active like her!!

  6. Ella Rydzewski
    06 May 2017 @ 3:08 pm

    I knew her while living in Loma Linda as a young adult. I have heard her stories and am thrilled to hear you are related. Later I did an interview of her for the then Life & Health, and she has influenced my life ever since. My heroine!