Eddith Mae Hinkle
1928 – 2014
Eddith Mae Hinkle, 85, passed away peacefully in her sleep at home on Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2014, in Tehachapi. The memorial service will be held on Saturday, April 19, 2014, at the Mountain Aire Clubhouse, at 600 South Dennison, Tehachapi, at 1 p.m. There will be a private interment on April 18, 2014.
Eddy was born on June 3, 1928, in Booker, Texas, to Edythe Bell-Peery and Harold Peery. She literally put herself through Ballard High School in Washington State before she moved to South Gate. Upon her arrival there, she helped her mother raise two brothers. Not long after that, she met Bill Hinkle (a recently retired naval seaman), who was an usher at a movie theater in Long Beach. After a whirlwind courtship, they got married Feb. 19, 1947, on a live radio show called "Bride and Groom" in Los Angeles. They were then given a free honeymoon near the Palm Springs area. Eddy's career path took her to Security Pacific Bank in L.A. where she rose to the position of operations manager. Bill and Eddy retired together around 1976, when they moved up to Tehachapi.
Eddy loved to travel with Bill around the country where they camped and fished at many lakes. She also liked to read and crochet, as well as playing poker. Square dancing was also fun for her.
Eddy's main objective was running a clean and organized house while supporting her two children in their pursuit of degrees from college. Family was very important to her, and she was the true epitome of a protective mama bear, and we cubs appreciated it. On many evenings, you could find her playing a board or card game with family or friends.
Eddy is survived by her daughter, Kathryn Hinkle of Tehachapi; and her son, Hal Hinkle of Geyserville; her brothers, Ray Peery, Marvin Cichy, Bill Cichy; as well as her sisters, Evelyn Ogilvie and Peggy Kirksey. Also surviving are her grandchildren, Craig Houser, Tim and Cady Scheller, and Andrew Hinkle; and her three great-grandchildren, Lathe, LaShaena, and Dillon Houser.
Eddy was preceded in death by her husband, Bill Hinkle; her daughter, Susan Hinkle-Houser; her mother, Edythe Cichy; and her father, Harold Peery.
Eddith was a fantastic, loving lady and will be dearly missed by all, but now she can hug Susie and finally hear the angels sing. Wood Family Funeral Service has been entrusted with her care. For condolences please visit www.woodmortuary.net.