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Heather Hunt Gilden

February 29, 1936 — April 19, 2021

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

Born on February 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, WA, lived in Phoenix, Arizona, Seattle, Washington and Port Ludlow, Washington.

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

After the passing of her husband Richard in 2014, she relocated to West Chester, PA 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 over 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, SC, 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 (

Expressions of sympathy may be viewed or submitted online at

Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to McALISTER-SMITH FUNERAL & CREMATION, West Ashley, 2501 Bees Ferry Rd, Charleston, SC 29414, (843) 722-8371.
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