Heather Hunt Gilden

February 29, 1936 - April 19, 2021


Heather Hunt Gilden, 85, of Kiawah Island, South Carolina entered into eternal rest on April 19, 2021. 

Born on Feb. 29, 1936 in Port Townsend, Heather was the daughter of the late Gordon Trim Hunt and Pauline Ritter Hunt. She had one brother, the late Gordon Hunt. She grew up in Chimacum, Washington, and lived in Phoenix, Arizona; Seattle, Washington; and Port Ludlow, Washington.

Heather and her husband Richard in we’re married in Port Townsend on June 1, 1958. They had one daughter, Gail. 

After the passing of her husband Richard in 2014, she relocated to West Chester, Pennsylvania to reside with her daughter and son-in-law, and in 2020 relocated again with them to Kiawah Island, South Carolina. 

She was a leading member of the Daughters of the American Revolution and was the Organizing Regent of the Admiralty Inlet Washington State DAR Chapter, of which she was a member for more than 50 years. Heather also served as DAR Washington State Regent from 1976-1978.

Heather was an avid Seahawks fan, active member of the PEO Sisterhood, amazing blackberry pie baker, loved her poodles, a sharp bridge player, and a tea party lover.  

Heather is survived by her daughter Gail Gilden Pace (and son-in-law, John) of Kiawah Island, South Carolina; granddaughter Brittany Pace Neilson (Jeremy) of Allen, Texas; and grandson Thomas Hunt Pace (Sarah) of Fort Worth, Texas.  Heather also leaves four great-grandchildren: Noah Gabrielle Neilson, Hannah Jane Pace, Reagan Avery Neilson, and Emma Anne Pace. 

In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to sent to the National Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) in Washington, DC (https://www.dar.org/giving/ways-give/donate-online).

Expressions of sympathy may be viewed or submitted online at www.mcalister-smith.com.

Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to McAlister-Smith Funeral & Cremation, West Ashley, 2501 Bees Ferry Road, Charleston, SC 29414; 843-722-8371.


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