Edith Steed Hinshaw

                                                   ┌── John H. Hinshaw
                                                   │    1861-1937 
                       ┌── Robert Newton Hinshaw ──┤
                       │    1893-1974              │
                       │                           └── Augie R. -
                       │                                1861-?    
Edith Steed Hinshaw ───┤
B: 1920                │
D: 2003                │
                       └── Lola Amos
Edith Steed Hinshaw     [ID 14530] Click here to switch to Ahnentafel view: Ahnentafel View

Born Mar 29 1920, Greensboro, Guilford County, North Carolina.1,2,3,4,5  

Edith Steed Hinshaw died Jan 11 2003, Friends Home West, Greensboro, Guilford County, North Carolina.1,3  

Edith's obituary was published in the "Salisbury Post" (Rowan County, North Carolina) on Jan 13 2002:1,6

GREENSBORO -- Edith Steed Hinshaw, 82, 6100 W. Friendly Ave., died Saturday (Jan. 11, 2003) at Friends Home West.  

Born March 29, 1920, in Greensboro, Miss Hinshaw was a daughter of the late Robert Newton and Lola Amos Hinshaw.  She was a member of First United Methodist Church, Salisbury.  

A retired home demonstration agent with the State of North Carolina, she received a bachelor's degree from Women's College, now the University of North Carolina - Greensboro, and a master's degree from Vanderbilt University.  

Survivors include sister Miriam Hinshaw McLean, Greensboro.  

Services: Memorial, 11 a.m. Wednesday, Friends Home West.  Private burial will be held prior to the service.  

Visitation: At Friends Home West after the service.  

Lambeth-Troxler Funeral Service is in charge.  

Memorials: Friends Home of Greensboro, 6100 W. Friendly Ave., Greensboro, NC 27410; or Hospice of Greensboro, 2500 Summit Ave., Greensboro, NC 27405.

A memorail for Edith was published in the "Salisbury Post" (Rowan County, North Carolina) on Jan 14 2002:7

Edith Hinshaw's advice was always practical.  

After she retired as Rowan County's home economics agent, one story about Edith Hinshaw was good enough to get repeated often.  

On March 28, 1980, Edith was hurrying into the Agriculture Center on a Friday afternoon - and was called to the telephone.  

"I thought you'd retired," the caller said.  

"I have," Edith responded.  

"What are you doing in the office then?" the woman asked.  

"I just stopped by," Edith said, confessing later the question made her suspect a trick was being played by someone somewhere.  

But there was no trick.  

"I have some mildew in my cabinets," the woman continued.  "What can I do to get it out?"  

And while an overflow crowd waited in the center's auditorium for a surprise "This Is Your Life, Edith Hinshaw" program to begin, the guest of honor told the caller how to get rid of that mildew.  

It was a purely practical response - and typical of Edith Hinshaw, who died Saturday at Friends Home West in Greensboro after a lengthy illness.  

Her response to the woman with mildew was purely practical - typical of the Edith Hinshaw Rowan had known for 22 years - and the reason the auditorium was so full of people who had come to honor her that day.  

The party had been a month in the planning, and no one believed 100 women in home demonstration clubs could keep it a secret.  

But they did, using all the skills Edith had taught them to prepare delicious and beautiful refreshments, cross stitch "hostess" badges for past county council presidents and hang a wall full of posters illustrating the learning she had sparked during her 30 years of service in the state, most of them here.  

During their program, the large crowd that had known her well laughed - and shed a tear or two - as they reviewed the years since she came here in January 1958 and everything she had taught them, the workshops she'd directed and her encouragement to extension homemakers to take part in many community activities - the bloodmobile program, the foster child craft program, craft fairs, decorating the Hall House for Christmas and so much more.  

By the time she retired, Rowan County's home demonstration clubs had grown from a few to 35 clubs with 775 club members.  

Those clubs and the workshops changed the county, says Lois Knox, longtime attendance counselor with the Rowan County Schools.  

"She worked with younger 4-H'ers to adults," Knox says, "and taught them how to have productive lives as well as how to manage whatever they had.  She taught them to cook, sew, keep house, plant their lawns, everything.  It was just a complete package.  She worked with them when they were small and when they grew into women.  

"... At a time when farm women had much less access to funds and were homebodies, she brought newer trends and taught them how to make do with what they had.  

"She was teaching all the time. She'd get broken down furniture and make it look well.  She braided rugs.  She'd teach them how to make flower arrangements.  There was just not much she didn't know about the house and keeping a home.  Whatever would make it attractive and a happy home for the family with little income, she taught.  That was her nature."  

Stanley Corriher, who retired as assistant agricultural agent about five years before Edith, worked closely with her.  

He remembers that when she sold her house and her furniture to move to the Friends Home in Greensboro, she had refinished most of the furniture herself.  

And painted the house, inside and at least the trim on the outside, recalls good friend Erna Lee Jones.  Edith knew how to make flowers grow and was a gourmet cook who had friends to dinner two or three times a week.  

"I claimed her for my best friend," Jones says, "but so did a number of other people, including the little boys in the neighborhood.  

"She loved them and gave them cookies and helped them camp out in her yard at night."  

But grownups knew there was more to it than that.  

"She had a sparkle," Erna Lee Jones says.  "She never complained, never found fault.  If she didn't like it, she just walked away."  

After Edith retired, they travelled often together.  

"She taught me how to go antiquing and buy bargains and then sell them on consignment and make money," Jones said.  

Edith earned national recognition for "creative and original" development of a kit to help handicapped homemakers.  

And until she got sick about three years ago, she was never bored.  She quilted, made Christmas decorations, braided new rugs and shared all she knew about proper nutrition.  And followed it.  

She thought that was possibly the reason for her special secret.  

She never had a single cavity in her teeth.  

Contact Rose Post at 704-797-4251 or

Social Security information for Edith Steed Hinshaw: 237-05-1553


  1. Contribution from Ron Collins () citing:
    obituary of Edith Steed Hinshaw, "Salisbury Post", Jan 13 2002.
  2. 1930 census, Gilmer Township, Guilford County, North Carolina; roll T626-1695, ED 43, page 6A, line #25, dwelling #103, family #106.
  3. "Social Security Death Index" (as it is commonly called), derived from the Social Security Administration "Death Master File". See: http://www.rootsweb.com/~rwguide/lesson10.htm
  4. Guilford County, North Carolina, Register of Deeds:
  5. North Carolina Birth Index, 1800-2000; http://www.ancestry.com.
  6. http://www.salisburypost.com.
  7. The "Salisbury Post", Jan 14 2002: http://www.salisburypost.com.

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