Maxine Grace Hinshaw

                                                     ┌── George Franklin Hinshaw
                                                     │    1863-1939 
                        ┌── Merritt G. Hinshaw ──────┤
                        │    1889-1969               │
                        │                            └── Nellie B. Merritt
                        │                                c1867-?    
Maxine Grace Hinshaw ───┤
B: 1918                 │
D: 2009                 │
                        └── Effie Isabelle Metzger
M: John Edwin Rackaway

Maxine Grace Hinshaw     [ID 13688] Click here to switch to Ahnentafel view: Ahnentafel View

Born Jul 4 1918, Rose Hill, Butler County, Kansas.1,2,3,4  

She married John Edwin Rackaway, Sep 6 1941, Leesville, Vernon Parish, Louisiana.3,5,6  John, son of Edwin + Bernice Rackaway, was born Aug 21 1917, Illinois.4,6,7  


Pamela Rackaway; died 2005; married Larry Smith.
Joan Rackaway; married -- Mott.
Gwen Rackaway; married -- Bourque.

In 1948, 1950 and again in 1965 (and presumably in intervening years) John was the Sports Editor for the Mt. Vernon (Illinois) "Register-News".8,9,10  

John died Jan 9 1998.4,6  

In 2002 Maxine was living in Mt. Vernon, Jefferson County, Illinois.5  

Maxine Grace Hinshaw died Jan 27 2009, Telford Terrace, Richmond, Madison County, Kentucky; age 90.3,4  

Maxine's obituary was published in the "Sentinel" (Centralia, Illinois) on January 29, 2009,11 and in the "Mt. Vernon Register News" (Mt. Vernon, Illinois) on January 28-29, 2009:3

Maxine Grace Rackaway

Maxine Grace Rackaway, 90, of Mt. Vernon died Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2009, at Telford Terrace in Richmond, Ky., where she had resided since November of 2007.  Mrs. Rackaway was born July 4, 1918, in Rose Hill, Kan., and grew up on a farm in western Colorado, near Grand Junction.  Her parents were Merritt and Effie Hinshaw.  She attended Fruita High School and graduated from the University of Colorado in 1939 as an English major.  She married John E. Rackaway (1917-1998) on Sept. 6, 1941, in Leesville, La.  Mrs. Rackaway began her career as an English teacher in Colorado during World War II and continued her profession for more than 20 years as a language arts teacher at Summersville Grade School in Mt.Vernon.  For several years she gave private piano instruction.  She was an avid golfer, an accomplished pianist, a much loved teacher and a friend to all who knew her.  She was a member of the Alpha Phi sorority, The First Methodist Church and for many years was active in local women’s organizations.  Mrs. Rackaway is survived by daughters, Joan Mott of Irvine, Ky., and Gwen Bourque of Kewanee.  Her eldest daughter, Pamela Smith, wife of Larry Smith of Mt. Vernon, passed away in 2005.  She leaves 11 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.  Her sister, Gwendolyn, and her brother, Merritt, Jr., preceded her in death.  Visitation will be Sunday from 4 to 7 p.m. at Hughey Funeral Home in Mt. Vernon.  Graveside services will be Monday at 1 p.m. at Oakwood Cemetery in Mt. Vernon with the Rev. David Eadie officiating.  Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Foundation or the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society and will be accepted at the funeral home, or from the online obituary at, or mailed to Hughey Funeral Home, P.O. Box 721, Mt. Vernon, IL 62864.  Arrangements have been entrusted to the care of Hughey Funeral Home where you may call 242-3348 or visit for further information and to send condolences.

(photo)Photo: Maxine Grace Hinshaw 3

Social Security information for Maxine Grace Hinshaw: 325-48-3035

Social Security information for John Edwin Rackaway: 361-03-4073


  1. 1920 census, Pamona, Mesa County, Colorado; roll T625-168, ED 100, page 12A, line #19, dwelling #263, family #267.
  2. 1930 census, Pamona, Mesa County, Colorado; roll T626-247, ED 21, page 16B-17A, line #98, dwelling #382, family #385.
  3. Obituary of Maxine G. Rackaway; "Mt. Vernon Register News" Jan 28-29 2009:
    "Obituary Collection";
  4. "Social Security Death Index" (as it is commonly called), derived from the Social Security Administration "Death Master File". See:
  5. Obituary of Merritt Hinshaw, Jr..
  6. Contribution from Chapman Rackaway ().
  7. 1930 census, Mount Vernon, Jefferson County, Illinois; roll T626-521, ED 18, page 19A, line #10, dwelling #474, family #529.
  8. "Daily Register" (Harrisburg, Pennsylvania); Aug 16 1948;
  9. "Dixon Evening Telegraph" (Dixon, Illinois), Jun 19 1950, pg 8;
  10. "Edwardsville Intelligencer" (Edwardsville, Illinois), Sep 16 1965;
  11. Obituary Daily Times:

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