We are sorry to announce that Enid T. Hines has passed into the hands of our Lord about 9 a.m. Wednesday, March 26, 2014. She would have attained her 105th birthday, had she lived, on May 4, 2014. She had been in the care of John Brantley, Jennifer Gaylord and Lenn Minkiewicz since she returned from her stay in Berwick Retirement Village.
Enid was the oldest of 11 children of Harland A. Talcott and Nellie Stevens Talcott. She was born May 4, 1909, on the Stevens' farm in Broadway and was not able to attend school until the age of 8 due to rheumatic fever. She attended the Pleasant Valley one-room school for seven years and the Bloomingdale School for one year. During her first eight years of school, Enid was "skipped" two grades. Enid graduated from Shickshinny High School in 1928 in a class of 20 boys and 10 girls. She then proceeded to work and put herself through Bloomsburg Normal School, which is now Bloomsburg University.
She began teaching in 1929 at the Pleasant Valley School and continued teaching in many one-room schools in the area, including the Green Valley School, Frisby School (near Sweet Valley), Fairmount Springs School, Red Hill School and Bethel Hill School, which were all one-room schools with grades 1 through 8 in the one room. This changed to grades 1 through 6 in 1951 while at the Bethel Hill School. After the jointure in 1956, she taught a year in the Garrison School in Shickshinny and then finished her teaching at Huntington Mills School with only one grade in a room. She retired from teaching in 1974. There are many in our community that have experienced her in the classroom.
She was married to Delbert Hines, another schoolteacher
and lay minister, on Aug. 17, 1934, and they had one child, Joan. Joan blessed them with five grandchildren, Leo, Risë, LeRoy, Lenn and Lonny. These grandchildren then blessed her with seven great-grandchildren, who in turn have blessed her with six great-great-grandchildren.
She is the oldest member of the 11 Talcott children. Those deceased include Alva Talcott Franklin, Forrest Talcott, Iloe Talcott Harvey, Harland Anson Talcott, Leta Talcott Dildine, Leo Augustus Talcott, Lenn Talcott, and a baby. Only two sisters, Amy Travila Talcott Snyder Gregory and Mary Talcott Mincavage Balliet, survive her.
There will be a graveside service at 3 p.m. on May 4 in Bethel Hill Cemetery, Bethel Hill Road, Fairmount Township, Sweet Valley.
Memorial contributions may be sent to Bethel Hill United Methodist Church, c/o Carl Harrison, 30 Jackson Hill Road, Sweet Valley, PA 18656.
Arrangements are by Clarke Piatt Funeral Home Inc., 6 Sunset Lake Road, Hunlock Creek.