A Winfield woman who died last week in a car accident was remembered by family and former classmates as a woman with a big heart, who loved her family and animals.

Hilary Archambeau, 30, died Jan. 9 in a four-vehicle accident on K-15, east of Udall. She was a 2007 graduate of Winfield High School.

Archambeau’s sister, Kaitlyn Peine, of Eudora, said she and Archambeau were raised in Winfield and that many patrons of Burger Station, which her family owns and operates, likely met Archambeau as she worked there serving their famous chili cheeseburgers.

Peine said her sister had a fierce love for animals ever since she was a child, from snakes to horses and everything in between. The sisters grew up competing in horse shows in Kansas and Oklahoma, and Archambeau’s love for animals led her to get a bachelor’s degree in zoo science from Friends University in Wichita.

“Growing up, Hilary lived big. She was fearless. She loved competing in rodeos and even competed in steer riding,” Peine said.

Kylie Jo Kilts, who also graduated with the WHS class of 2007, said she didn’t know Archambeau well as an adult, but that the two were friends in high school and had classes together. Kilts described Archambeau as being very bright and always willing to help with school activities.

“It saddens me greatly to hear of a classmate lost,” Kilts said.

Michelle McCullough, Archambeau’s cousin by marriage, said Archambeau’s death is a shock to the family.

“No one should ever have to go through something this horrible,” she said.

Funeral services were held Tuesday at Central Christian Church in Arkansas City. A memorial has been established in Hilary’s name for the Sedgwick County Zoo Education Department. Contributions can be made through the Miles Funeral Service.

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