Sep 26, 2005

Back in AZ

Well the trip to Sacramento was as great as it could be. The service was really nice and I believe the Air Force (or Army) were there so we had a flag and taps presentation. It was a beautiful day and we had a reception at my Grandpa's house afterwards. Lots of family and friends were there to celebrate my Grandpas life. Most of the family as well went up to our Cabin for the day today in the Sierra's. He will forever be remembered and loved.

Sep 23, 2005


On September 18, 2005 my Dad's Dad (Harry Hillard) passed away to be in heaven with his wife, Alice, of 61 years. He died at home as was his wish after a week of care by his son Dale (for which we are deeply grateful). Up until that point he was amazingly independent for his 88 years, living by himself for the last 3 years. A memorial graveside service will be held on Sunday, September 25, 2005 in Sacramento. My parents are traveling to Sacramento for a 2 week visit from Togo via Accra, Amsterdam and Minneapolis arriving on Wednesday evening.

From the newspaper "In Sacramento September 20, 2005. Preceded in death by his loving wife Alice Hillard of 61 years. Father of Dale Hillard of Salinas and Wayne Hillard and his wife Cate of Togo, West Africa. Grandfather of Erik Hillard of Los Angeles, Ailis Hillard of Sacramento, Dustin Hillard of Washington and Claire Matney of Arizona. Son of the late Frank and Katherine Hillard of Sacramento. Brother of the late Cecelia Minard and her husband Charles, the late Ann Inman and the late Florence Nelson and her husband Harry. A native of Sacramento, aged 88 years. He retired form the State of California Printing Office as an offset printing pressman after 35 years. A graduate of Sacramento High School in 1935. Since it's inception he has been a volunteer for the Sacramento Jazz Jubilee. Friends are respectfully invited to a graveside memorial service at East Lawn Cemetery, 4300 Folsom Blvd., on Sunday, September 25th, 2005, at 2:00p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Shriner's Hospital for Children, 2425 Stockton Blvd, Sacramento, CA 95817 or the favorite charity of the donor's choice."

Sep 12, 2005

Calling Cate and Wayne

As you might imagine my parents would love to hear your voices and receive a phone call from you! To help you out I have done some research and put instructions below... Enjoy! It is great to hear their voices and hear their stories!

Also feel free to pass this on to anyone you might think would want to call them!

Getting a Phone card instructions:
1. Go to (The card is about $0.069 a minute)
2. click on the shopping cart to add cards and enter payment options.

Once you get an email confirming purchase and another email with PIN numbers you are set to call! They say it may take up to 24 hours. I have had it been 1 hour and sometimes a day or two till I got the pin number email.

Calling Cate and Wayne Instructions:
Dial: 1-800-574-5590 Enter your PIN number (should be emailed to you after you purchase the card - pin # is 12 digits long)
Dial 011-228-903-3224 ~ C&W cell phone number

Sometimes I have noticed it takes a while to connect and it doesn't always sound like a normal phone ring. But stick with it and it should go through. If they don't answer or it doesn't connect you will hear a french lady speaking to you, just hang up and try back later :) If you do talk with them the conversation is a little delayed as well so it takes a second or two for them to respond.

Good luck and if you have questions let me know!

PS ~ Their snail mail address is still the same even though they have gone to their placement. They love getting snail mail too!! Make sure you put AIR MAIL on everything you send them! Otherwise it will take months to get to them!
Wayne and Cate Hillard
Peace Corps
BP 3194
Lome, Togo
West Africa