PRAIRIE GROVE (KFSM) – A Prairie Grove mother of two killed in a car crash Tuesday is being remembered as a woman of compassion and strong faith.
Deborah Hildebrand, 46, was jogging near her home in Prairie Grove when she was killed after being hit by a sport utility vehicle.
“My immediate reaction was, I’m not seeing this right now,” said Steve Pulliam, senior associate pastor at Central United Methodist Church. “Then it hit me that Deborah loved to run. She was an avid runner. She ran that route often out by her house.”
Pulliam has been the family’s pastor for 12 years at Central United Methodist Church in Fayetteville.
“I don’t think they know what to feel right now,” Pulliam said. “Obviously, they are sad and very numb. That’s just where they are right now.”
The pastor said Hildebrand was part of a Bible study he led on Thursday mornings. He described her as a quiet yet insightful woman, adding she had a deep love for her family.
“There was no doubt that she had a rich faith and wanted to grow in her faith,” he said. “She was certainly a delight to be around. She very much loved both of her daughters. She enjoyed being a mother and enjoyed being a wife as well.”
Pulliam said he believes the family’s faith will help them get through this tragedy.
“If Deborah could speak to us from where she is now, I think one of the big reminders Deborah would want to tell us is that this is not something that God did. This was a tragic accident,” he said. “Also, I think that this is a reminder to us that God works through tragedies.”
A funeral service for Deborah Hildebrand is scheduled for Saturday, July 19 at Central United Methodist Church in Fayetteville.