Eula Ophelia Hinshaw

                                                    ┌── George Newman Hinshaw
                                                    │    1869-1935 
                        ┌── Plenny Newman Hinshaw ──┤
                        │    1903-1987              │
                        │                           └── Nannie B. Adams
                        │                                1874-1952 
Eula Ophelia Hinshaw ───┤
B: 1922                 │                           ┌── Addison Joshua Coffin
D: 2009                 │                           │
                        └── Anna May Coffin ────────┤
                             1902-1992              │
                                                    └── Alice Holder
M: Harold J. Gilchrist

Eula Ophelia Hinshaw     [ID 10327] Click here to switch to Ahnentafel view: Ahnentafel View

Born Jan 6 1922, Randleman, Randolph County, North Carolina.1,2,3,4,5  

She married Harold J. Gilchrist, Dec 13 1943, Bainbridge, Georgia.1  Harold, son of Joseph + Rose Gilchrist, was born Jun 27 1920, Brooklyn, Kings County, New York.6  

Five children:1

Harold J. Gilchrist, Jr.
Carolyn Rose Gilchrist; married Thomas D. Zaffer, Nov 21 1964, Elyria, Ohio. 7
Patricia Gilchrist.
Debra Gilchrist; married David Frey.
Kathleen "Kathy" Gilchrist; [email: ].

In 1964 Eula and family were living at 377 Gulf Rd., Elyria, Ohio.7  

Harold died Mar 9 1974, Columbus, Ohio.6  

Eula Ophelia Hinshaw died Sep 30 2009, Great Falls, Cascade County, Montana; age 87.1,2  

Eula's obituary was published in the "Great Falls Tribune" (Great Falls, Montana) on Sunday, October 4, 2009:1

Eula Ophelia Gilchrist

Eula Ophelia (Hinshaw) Gilchrist, 87, of Great Falls, a homemaker, died of natural causes Wednesday at a local nursing home.  

Funeral Liturgy is 2:30 p.m. Monday at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church.  Another memorial service will take place at 1 p.m. Thursday at St. Paul's Catholic Church in Norwalk, Ohio, followed by burial of ashes in St. Paul's Catholic Cemetery.  Schnider Funeral Home is handling arrangements.  

Eula was born Jan. 6, 1922, in Randleman, N.C., the only child of Plenny and Annie (Coffin) Hinshaw.  Eula was an excellent student and graduated from Guilford County High School.  She met her husband, Harold J Gilchrist, who was stationed in North Carolina.  They were married December 13, 1943, in Bainbridge, Ga., where they stayed until his deployment.  Eula and Harold resided in New York for nine years and later moved to Ohio, where they raised their five children.  

Eula loved to cook and bake, as well as being an exceptional seamstress.  She was an avid traveler, reader, fun seeker and enjoyed the company of her family and friends.  She was determined to conquer all that was put in front of her, and to live life to the fullest.  Eula was an absolute joy to anyone who was fortunate enough to cross her path.  She was a member of Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church.  

She endured incredible trials with patience and possessed a quiet strength that served her throughout her life.  She will be missed, however her legacy will live on forever in the hearts of all who knew her.  Most importantly to her family Eula was love, as described in Corinthians 13:4 - Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud.  

Survivors include her son, Harold J. Gilchrist Jr. of Great Falls; daughter Carolyn (Tom) Zaffer of Elyria, Ohio, Patricia Gilchrist and Debra (David) Frey, all of Great Falls, Kathleen Gilchrist of Shelby, Mich.; eleven grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.  

She was preceded in death by her parents and her husband.  

Memorials are suggested to Our Lady of Lourdes Parish, 409 13th St. S., Great Falls, MT 59405.  

Condolences may be posted online at and/or

(photo)Photo: Eula Ophelia Hinshaw 1

Social Security information for Eula Ophelia Hinshaw: 241-18-3573


  1. Obituary of Eula Ophelia (Hinshaw) Gilchrist; "Great Falls Tribune", Oct 4 2009:
  2. "Social Security Death Index" (as it is commonly called), derived from the Social Security Administration "Death Master File". See:
  3. North Carolina Birth Index, 1800-2000;
  4. 1930 census, Greensboro, Gilmer Township, Guilford County, North Carolina; roll T626-1694, ED 11, page 6B, line #80, dwelling #111, family #113.
  5. 1940 census, Greensboro, Gilmer Township, Guilford County, North Carolina; roll T627-2919, ED 41-17, page 11B, line #62, household #169.
  6. Ancestry Family Tree data "Gilchrist Family Tree" posted by "ip45".
  7. "The Chronicle Telegram" (Elyria, Ohio), Dec 2 1964;

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