Newspaper article Evansville Courier & Press (2007-Current)

Catherine Gilkison Hudson Heater

Newspaper article Evansville Courier & Press (2007-Current)

Catherine Gilkison Hudson Heater

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Mount Carmel, Ill. Catherine Gilkison Hudson Heater, age 97, of Mount Carmel, Ill., passed away on Monday, June 11, 2012, at Oakview Heights Continuous Care and Rehab, Mt. Carmel, Ill.

Catherine was born January 12, 1915, in the family home at 815 Mulberry Street, Mt. Carmel to the late Cyrus Keagy Gilkison and Garnett Mullen Gilkison.

She attended Bancroft Grade School and Mt. Carmel High School graduating with the class of 1932. She graduated from McKendree College with a B. A. in 1936 and did graduate work from the University of Illinois, Evansville College and Southern Illinois University. Her teaching included Allendale sixth grade and also music from fifth grade through high school, Bluford (Webber Township High School), teaching English and Commerce 1938 to 1941.

While teaching in Bluford, she met and married her husband Chesley Young Hudson, who was working for his brotherin-law at the local lumber yard. Having moved to Mt. Carmel, in 1942, she taught public school music for eleven years and also gave piano lessons after school. She then went to Mount Carmel High School, taught from 1958 to 1975. She was English Department Chairman from 1970 until her retirement in June 1975. She had been Chairman of the Illinois Teachers of English Southeastern Division, President of Wabash Community Unit Teacher's Association and President of Retired Teachers Association. Her involvement in clubs and organizations are as follows: Past Worthy Matron of the Order of the Eastern Star, Past Worthy High Priestess of the White Shrine of Jerusalem and Past President of the Southern Illinois White Shrine Club, member of the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution, Honorary Regent of Mount Carmel Chapter, Past District VII Director of the State of Illinois, NSDAR, Past State Organizing Secretary, NSDAR and Past President of the Reviewers' Matinee.

She joined the Methodist Church when she was ten years old. She was a former choir Director at the First Christian Church Disciples of Christ and also the First Methodist Church, taught Sunday school, was a member of the Nona Bennett Circle and was on several committees in the Church. …

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