Louis Wesley Hinshaw

                                                    ┌── John Ballard Hinshaw
                                                    │    1833-1904 
                        ┌── Richard Caron Hinshaw ──┤
                        │    1898-1955              │
                        │                           └── Laura Jane Blankenship
                        │                                1860-1931 
Louis Wesley Hinshaw ───┤
B: 1936                 │                           ┌── William Walter Smith
D: 2014                 │                           │
                        └── Edna Irene Smith ───────┤
                             1908-1983              │
                                                    └── Daisy Belle Hedrick
M: Annette Ruder
   └── Paul Michael Hinshaw (1965-) 1

Louis Wesley Hinshaw     [ID 05724] Click here to switch to Ahnentafel view: Ahnentafel View

Born May 26 1936, Turrell, Crittenden County, Arkansas.2,3,4  

When Louis was a baby, if he dropped anything on the table as he was eating, he took his finger and smeared it around until it would not go any farther.  As he grew, his interest in the world around him grew, and he was always "smearing around" in some project or other, so the nickname "Smear" stuck to him throughout life.1  

He married Annette Ruder, Nov 22 1970, Omaha, Douglas County, Nebraska.5  Annette, daughter of George Ruder & Elizabeth "Betty" Glotzbach, was born Oct 8 1939, Hays, Ellis County, Kansas.1,4,6,7,8,9,10  

Louis was inventive and had patents on several inventions.  Mensa member (I.Q. 165).  He was a writer and lecturer.1  

Annette was the author of the book "Earthtime Moontime: Rediscovering the Sacred Lunar Year",11,12 and the article "The Nine Noble Virtues For Kids": http://www.friggasweb.org/nvirtues.html13

Annette died Feb 22 1999, St. Francis Hospital, Tulsa, Tulsa County, Oklahoma; buried Oak Hill Cemetery, Mannford, Creek County, Oklahoma.6,7,9,10,14,15  

Annette's death notice was published in "Tulsa World" on Feb 25 1999:6

Hinshaw, Annette, 59, public utilities specialist, died Monday.  Services pending.  McLemore-Sloan.

Annette's death was also noted on "The Witches' Voice" web site:15

The Passing of An Elder: Annette Hinshaw

On Monday, 22 Feb 99 at 4 PM, Annette Hinshaw died in the St Francis Hospital in Tulsa of cancer.  She had been fighting it 4 years.  Her indomitable courage stood even a half hour before she slipped into the final coma.  

Her wish was to be buried facing east, in the simplest coffin possible, directly on the dirt.  She wished to return to the Earth as soon as may be.  

Annette was a Board Member of the Pagan Educational Network and a member of the Earth Spirituality Based Around Tulsa (ESBAT) and the Witch and Pagan Press Alliance.  

She maintained a local/regional e-mail list of almost 100 people, mostly in Oklahoma, for posting notices and items of general interest.  Annette also published an annual calendar of local events and was an active religious rights defender.  

Annette wrote many articles for pagan magazines and produced "handbooks" and brochures with wonderful information for pagans on many subjects.  

But that doesn't even begin to tell you who Annette Hinshaw was or how much she will be missed.  Stephanie Urquhart has written the following tribute:

How do you go on when someone so dependable and steadfast is gone?  

I imagine that if the New Agers are right and some enlightened souls stay here to teach, Annette Hinshaw must be one of those souls.  I meet many people who claim to have great knowledge, and yet this woman was much more interesting than any High Priestess or Guru.  I found myself always wanting to sit at her feet. Annette always smelled of books and paper, my two most favorite smells in the world.  

I imagine that if the Celtic Pagans are right, and she has gone to the Summer Land.  She's probably telling the Morrigu bedtime stories.  I have met many people who claim to be positive, happy people, and yet this woman was one of a few who could soothe me and calm me at my worst.  Although I never did it, I always wanted to lay my head in her lap.  

But knowing Annette, I can almost hear her say, "They're all right, " and she will travel along many trails, seeing all there is to see.  She will be the heavenly tourist representing all that is good of humankind despite our own good intentions and tons of concrete mix.  

I can almost see her in my minds eye, walking along the chalk cliffs in England explaining to Herne why Americans are so psychotic about sex, in terms of social conditioning of course.  No doubt she would enumerate to Aradia just what Jesse Helms' redeeming qualities are.  If anyone could find such qualities, it would be Annette.  And when you look up into the sky and see a terrible storm coming that seems to just putter out; no doubt Annette's up there telling Thor some horrible joke that involves Ice Giants, a great Dane and a banana, and she would just to save your car from getting hail damage.  

While Annette was here, she did her best to help Pagans define community and then live up to that definition.  She represented us with dignity and maturity which helped many people to see Pagans as regular human beings.  She kept the community connected through a Calendar of events and e-mail list.  She held workshops and even wrote a couple of books, her second book is to be out this spring.  She worked for several organizations over the years, PEN (Pagan Education Network), WADL, and even did me a favor or two for the Military Pagan Network.  No doubt her presence will be sorely missed at the Spirit of Spring gatherings in Oklahoma.  

Annette was a quiet force to be reckoned with.  Her knowledge and logic would outweigh any blustery noise made by opposing forces, and her patience would wear stone away like it was sand.  

Maybe one day we will meet again.  

My deepest condolences to her husband Lou and her son Mike.

Louis Wesley Hinshaw died Sep 20 2014, Oklahoma State University Medical Center, Tulsa, Tulsa County, Oklahoma.1  

On Sep 11 2014, a teenaged girl had come to Louis' door at about 1:30 a.m. and asked to use the phone.  She said she was staying with her sister next door and got home late, couldn't get in the house and wanted to call her sister to let her in.  Louis asked her what her sister's name was and the girl didn't know the name of the woman next door, so Louis told her not only could she not use the phone but he was calling the police, and he did so.  The girl took off.  At 2:30 a.m. Louis woke to two thugs hitting him on the side of his head and asking him where his guns, money and drugs were.  They repeatedly beat him on the head using the heels of their hands resulting in death from severe brain trauma and a pulmonary embolism nine days later.1

(photo)Photo: Annette Ruder 1960 "Reveille" yearbook, Fort Hays Kansas State College, Hays, Kansas 16

(photo)Photo: Annette Ruder newspaper article "Salina Journal" (Salina, Kansas), Jan 31 1961 17

(photo)Photo: Annette Ruder gravestone Oak Hill Cemetery 10

Social Security information for Annette Ruder: 512-38-0815


  1. Contribution from Dale Hinshaw McMasters.
  2. Contribution from Dale Hinshaw McMasters citing:
    Birth certificate.
  3. 1940 census, Mississippi Township, Crittenden County, Arkansas; roll T627-131, ED 18-20, page 7B, line #67, household #176.
  4. U.S. Public Records Index, Volume 1; http://www.ancestry.com.
  5. Contribution from Dale Hinshaw McMasters citing:
    Information provided by Louis Wesley & Annette Hinshaw.
  6. Death notice of Annette Hinshaw, "Tulsa World", Feb 25 1999.
  7. "Descendants of John Ballard Hinshaw" by Dale Hinshaw McMasters:
  8. 1940 census, 216 E. 16th, Hays, Ellis County, Kansas; roll T627-1230, ED 26-9, page 18B, line #80, household #314.
  9. "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
  10. http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=14837405.
  11. http://www.amazon.com/Annette-Hinshaw/e/B001K8FF9M.
  12. http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/1044480.Annette_Hinshaw.
  13. http://www.friggasweb.org/nvirtues.html.
  14. Contribution from Dale Nathan Hinshaw.
  15. http://www.witchvox.com/va/dt_va.html?a=usfl&c=passages&id=4875.
  16. U.S. School Yearbooks, 1880-2012; http://www.ancestry.com.
  17. "Salina Journal" (Salina, Kansas), Jan 31 1961; http://www.ancestry.com.

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