Hildegard gives up her profession as a teacher and devotes her time and energy to her family bringing up three children in the turbulent sixties and seventies, the time of draft dodgers, hippies and Jesus people.
After the children left home and she withdrew from her church, Hildegard goes through a period of self evaluation. Searching in feminism, mythology and spirituality she finds her identity as a woman with new visions and responsibilities.
Exploring new territories, she discovers a way to express herself in art
She is drawn to a Mennonite fellowship where she feels valued and accepted and to which she can contribute creatively.
She and her husband share enjoyable and adventurous retirement activities, exploring the beauty and diversity of this world.
At the age of seventy-three, Hildegard is diagnosed with terminal lung cancer, unexpectedly for her and as a shock for her family. Her tranquil preparation for dying is moving and amazing for doctors and all those who knew her.
A Life Fully lived, Loving Hildegard, is written by Hildegard's husband in memory of her.