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Hildreth Lee Appleton
(February 10, 1921 - February 27, 2013)

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Hildreth Lee Appleton

Hildreth Lee Appleton, a member of a pioneer Simi Valley family, died February 27, 2013, of congestive heart failure. She had lived in Simi Valley for the past 66 years and was 92 years of age. Ida Hildreth Lee was born February 10, 1921, in Fontana, California, to Sophie Cecilia Ford and Robert Alexander Lee and was a fifth generation descendant of the Civil War general, Robert E. Lee. She lived and attended schools in the greater Los Angeles area until her marriage, in l946 to William H. Appleton, and thereafter became a lifelong resident of Simi Valley. Hildreth was an avid sportswoman and enjoyed swimming, tennis, bowling, hiking, water and snow skiing, horseback riding and all forms of dance. Gardening was a fond pursuit and she prided herself on a lovely and colorful yard. Gifted with stitching talents, she tailored many of her own clothes, braided rugs and made several prize-winning quilts during her lifetime. Interested in historical preservation, Hildreth was one of the founding members of the Simi Valley Historical Society and served as President for three terms as well as other offices during her long tenure with the organization. She was active as a docent well into her eighth decade at the Strathearn Historical Park. A member of the Society of the Lee’s of Virginia, Hildreth anticipated the annual trip east to attend the membership meeting and to fraternize with her extended clan of Lee cousins. Preceded in death by her husband Bill, in l985, she is survived by two sisters: Alice Parsons of Carlsbad, California, Patricia Parkins, of Pleasant Grove, Utah; son William Appleton of Beverly Hills; daughter, Linda Kapigian, of Somis; four grandchildren, one great-granddaughter and numerous cousins, nieces and nephews. A private graveside service and internment will be held at Simi Valley Pioneer Cemetery and a public celebration of her life will be held at a later date.

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