Hulda Shaddock

Published 4:12 pm Friday, December 22, 2017


Hulda Martha Gaertner Shaddock died in Dallas on December 18, 2017, at the age of 100. She is survived by her children, Carroll Shaddock and wife Dorothea Schulze Shaddock, Houston; Peter Henry Shaddock and wife Phyllis Dunlap Shaddock, Dallas; Gail Shaddock Rogers and husband Michael Rogers, Plano; William Charles Shaddock and wife Kim McDonald Shaddock, Plano; twelve grandchildren: Christian Shaddock and wife Heather Ivey Shaddock, Austin; Peter Eric Shaddock and wife Nancy Finkelstein Shaddock, Phoenix; Matthew Shaddock, San Antonio; Peter Henry Shaddock, Jr., and wife Julie Wolff Shaddock, Dallas; Mark Shaddock and wife Mari Cardenal Shaddock, Austin; Todd Bradley Shaddock and wife Grace Field Shaddock, Dallas; Elizabeth Shaddock Cesare and husband Matt Cesare, Dallas; Chad Cook and wife Michelle Neary Cook, McKinney; Kimberly Cook Jones and husband Matt Jones, Plano; William “Will” Shaddock, Jr., and wife Kaitlin O’Boyle Shaddock, Dallas; and Andrew Shaddock and wife Lisa Collins Shaddock, Dallas; Caroline Elizabeth Shaddock, Dallas; twenty great-grandchildren: Maya Haws-Shaddock and Autumn Haws-Shaddock, Hannah Ivey, and Kaspar Shaddock; Sid Shaddock, Gabby Shaddock, and Alex Shaddock; Brady and Caroline Shaddock; Corbin, Toby, and Kate Shaddock; Christopher Shaddock; Fiore, Elizabeth, and Merritt Cesare; Keegan Cook-Hays and Grayson and Lilly Hulda Jones; and Anna Shaddock. She was preceded in death by her husband, Dr. Carroll Bitting “C.B.” Shaddock, Jr., and by her granddaughter, Heather Shaddock Cook.

She was born outside Malone, TX, near Waco. One of ten children of the Rev. Heinrich Carl Gaertner, a Lutheran pastor, and his wife Pauline, both immigrants from Germany, she was raised speaking German as well as English. She was the valedictorian of her class at Malone High School. She graduated from nursing school and became a registered nurse at Providence Hospital in Waco, where she met her future husband.

Dr. and Mrs. Shaddock raised their children in Orange, TX, where he had a busy medical practice until his death in 1974. She became the consummate housewife and mother and a leader in Orange society, active in her children’s schools as PTA president, helping to establish a Little League in Orange, and as a member of the Service League. She loved to play bridge and golf, and to dress up for trips with her lady friends for shopping and lunch in nearby Beaumont, a bustling city. Wherever she went, she stood out for her charm and striking beauty, which she retained even in old age.

Some years after C.B.’s death, she moved to Dallas, where three of her children had settled. For years she worked as home decorator in her sons’ home-building business. Her life revolved largely around her children and grandchildren, but she also greatly enjoyed her regular bridge groups and the Northwood Women’s Club. She was the perfect matriarch of her growing family, who continued to the end to look to her for special holiday gatherings at beautiful tables, and the many thoughtful gifts she chose for each one.

The family will receive friends on Tuesday, December 26 from 6:00 to 8:00 PM at Sparkman/Hillcrest Funeral Home. The funeral service will be held on Wednesday, December 27, 2:00 p.m., at King of Glory Lutheran Church, 6411 LBJ Freeway, in Dallas. Burial will take place on December 28 at 2:00 p.m. at Magnolia Cemetery in Beaumont. Memorial gifts may be sent to Lutheran World Relief, P. O. Box 1701, Baltimore, MD 21298-9832 (