Hilda Moore Pettijohn was a talented and creative person. She always had a beautiful yard come summertime, and grew all kinds of fruits and vegetables, which were carefully preserved for winter. She tried her hand at many artistic skills including sewing, oil painting, ceramics, upholstery, knitting, crochet and other varied arts and crafts.
Both Ross and Hilda were charter members of the IOOF (Independent Order of Odd Fellows) and enjoyed the company of many Melba folks in that organization, including John and “Dot” Gray, Ray and Olga McClaran, and Rex and Roxy Jensen.
Hilda’s mother, “Christy” Moore was born to Mormon pioneers who came to Utah from Denmark and Norway, so some of the Pettijohn children raised their families following after the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Dyer Pettijohn was a devout Episcopalian and served for many years at that church in Wharton, Texas.
Ross and Hilda were the parents of seven children who attended Melba schools and all but the youngest, Victor, graduated from Melba High School. All seven were favored to learn their first grade phonics from Miss Vashti McKimmy. Walking to school was a quick trip, as they lived right across the street.
The Pettijohn boys all served their country from World War II to Viet Nam. Ross was a missile inventor after he left the service and Bob retired as an Army Lt. Colonel. The girls are all creative in words – Ann, an historian; Martha, a poet laureate and Dorothy, a biographer.
In 1958 Ross sold the “Loomis” farm to Loyd Coleman and he and Hilda moved to Coos Bay, Oregon where they were buried in the mid-‘80s. Since then, their three oldest sons, Ross, Dyer and Robert have passed away. Still living are Dorothy (Johnson) of Burnsville, Minnesota; Martha (Morrise) of Roy, Utah; Ann (Tomlinson) of Nampa and Victor Pettijohn of North Bend, Oregon.
of North Bend, Oregon.