Hulda was born in 1842, the oldest child of Richard Return Hill and Rhoda Wheeler Hill in Dale County Missouri. Her parents immigrated to Utah and settled around Ogden. In 1857 she married Abraham Palmer. They had six children: Richard Marcellus, Delila Vilate, Josephine Palmer Litchfield, Catharine Alfura, Mary Pickett, and Frank Abraham.
Times were very hard in those days with Indian Wars, crop failures and grasshoppers. Sometimes they went for weeks without tasting a bit of bread. After her husband died in 1875, times were even more difficult, trying to support her family until they were able to help themselves. When Floyd and Ethel Litchfield went to see her in Salt Lake, they discovered her situation and brought her to Raymond with them. She lived in Raymond with her daughter, Josephine Litchfield, and for a time at her grandson Floyd's. Later she stayed with her other daughter, Mary Pickett, who lived in Orion, Alberta. It was on one of her visits to Mary's that she caught the flu and she, along with her daughter Mary and granddaughter Alice, all died within a few hours of each other. They were brought to Raymond for burial in 1919.
Catharine enjoyed being with her family in Raymond, where she was well taken care of. Records of the Old Folks Parties show she attended them while living here. She was a devoutly religious person and never ceased thanking the Lord for the blessings He had given her.
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