Hilda Syrenia Jackson Putman was born January 4, 1939 in Hughes Springs, Texas in Hopewell Community. She passed away in Fayetteville, Feb. 11, after a lengthy illness.
Hilda was founder of Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge near Eureka Springs. She dedicated her time since 1992 to saving abused and abandoned big cats and a variety of large carnivores. Her dedication furthered the cause and knowledge of the need to help endangered species, including the perils of exotic animal ownership.
Hilda is survived by her mother, Iva Lou Putman Duncan; son, Clif Jackson; daughter, Tanya Jackson Smith; son-in-law, Scott Smith; grandchildren, Victor and his wife, Amanda; Miranda, Haleigh Smith, Brittnee Miller and her husband Paul, Kevin Jackson and Dillon Jackson; and great grandson, Korbyn Smith; great granddaughter, Allie Miller; stepchildren Denise Balint, Donna Jackson White and Chris Jackson.
Also survived by sisters Gwen Walsh and husband, Ray; Cora Lee Roach and husband, Gerald; Beatrice Ross; Shirley Mitchell and husband, Clint; brothers Jack Putman and wife, Betty; Toney Putman and wife, Sharon; Phillip Putman and wife, Marilyn; and numerous nieces, nephews and great nieces and nephews. Also many dedicated employees and contributors to Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge, followers and friends.
Hilda was preceded in death by son Robert Glen Jackson; step daughter Heather Khatibi, father Cecil Putman; sisters Lilly Nix and Clara Lou Myers; brother Winfred Putman.
Her accomplishments were great and she will be missed. She now resides with God and those who preceded her in death.
Memorial service Saturday, Feb. 19, 2 p.m., Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge.