Hedy Hilburn

1947 - 6-Dec-2003

Hedwig (Hedy) A. Hilburn, 56, of Louisville, passed away Saturday, Dec 6, 2003, at Jewish Hospital after a brief illness.  She was a native of Lubbock, Texas, a Methodist, and a graduate of Texas Tech University.  As a member of Local U.A.W. 862 and I.B.E.W 369, she worked as an electrician at the Ford Louisville Assembly Plant. 

Hedy was an avid musician, songwriter and lover of animals.  She was a labor activist and the first woman in any Ford plant to be elected as a UAW skilled trades representative.  She was editor for both the Local 862 newspaper, Online, and UAW Region 3, Moving Forward.  She was a contributing writer for Solidarity Magazine.  She served as an instructor at the UK Center for Labor Education and Research.

She is preceded in death by her father, Marvin B. Hilburn, Jr.  Survivors include her mother, Naomi S. Hilburn of Louisville, siblings Emily Sell of Halifax, Nova Scotia, William S. Hilburn of New York City, Thomas B. Hilburn of Jeffersonville, IN., and seven nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held Friday, December 12 at 2 p.m., at Bosse Funeral Home in Louisville.  Visitation will be from 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. Thursday.  Friends are encouraged to bring photos of Hedy that reflect her love of life to share on a memorial picture board.

Memorial gifts may be directed to Children and Youth Project, Early Literacy Program, 555 S. Floyd St., Louisville, Ky. 40202, or Alley Cat Advocates, #204, 3020 Bardstown Rd., Louisville, Ky. 40205, or Labor Heritage Foundation (for promotion of labor culture and music), 888 16th St. NW, Suite 680, Washington, D. C. 20006.