Gwyneth Ann (Geis) Hignite 93, died peacefully on Sunday, Nov. 29, 2020 at her daughter's home surrounded by family. Gwyneth was born Oct. 25, 1927 in Brookville, IN to Herbert and Mary Geis. Her siblings, Gareth Geis, Roman Geis and Lorinda Geis Hollon, all preceded her in death.
Gwyneth attended St. Michael's School and graduated from Brookville High School in1945. She was employed in Brookville as a secretary after high school. On June 9,1951 she married Drexell Hignite and moved to a farm in Orange IN. She had four daughters, Cynthia (Richard) Schroeder, Lynette (Benji) Richardson, Melinda (Bill) Gates and Amy (Tom) Christie. She was employed at Evelyn Ricker Accountancy for several years to help during the tax season. In 1981 she and Drexell moved to Rushville where she lived for the next 22 years.
She was an avid gardener and seamstress and enjoyed antiques, traveling, crafts, casinos, bingo and playing cards. She loved to bake and made amazing pies. She and Drexell were fortunate to be able to travel south during the winter and meet other retirees in the various campgrounds. Gwyneth will be remembered for her easy-going nature, her great sense of humor, and her quick laugh. She retained a fondness for her hometown of Brookville and told numerous stories of youthful escapades. She was a lifelong Catholic and had been a member of St. Michael in Brookville, St. Mary in Rushville, and was currently a member of St. Gabriel in Connersville after moving to her daughter's residence in 2003.
She leaves behind her daughters and their husbands. Her grandchildren, Laura (Joshua) Marszalek, Megan Richardson McMillan, Krista (Kirk) Foreman, Eric (Alison) Gates, Brian (Gabbie) Christie, Adam Christie, Brent Christie and Connor Christie; nine great grandchildren, beloved nieces and nephews and friends of her children who considered her a "second mom".
In addition to her husband Drexell, she was preceded in death by two sons who died shortly after birth, Jeffrey and Eric. Her grandson, Matthew Schroeder also preceded her in death.
Due to COVID 19, there will be a private mass and burial. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Alternating Hemiplegia of Childhood Foundation at the website AHCkids.org. Please light a candle and share a memory or condolence with the family online at www.ToddFuneralHome.com
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