Eula Gaye Eilts, 87

Eula Gaye Eilts, 87, of Wabash, died at 2:30 p.m., Thursday, July 18, 2019, at her home. 

She was born March 28, 1932, in Crawley, W.Va., to Jennings Bryan and Zenna Marshall (Walkup) Hunter.

Gaye married Theodore "Ted" Eilts in Columbia City, on Sept. 25, 1954; he died Dec. 7, 2001.

She was a professional artist, won the Hoosier Salon Award of Indiana several times, had her paintings hang in the Indiana Capitol Building, and was recognized on the steps of the U.S. Capitol by Sen. Birch Bayh for her artwork.
Gaye was a member of the Wabash Garden Club and the Art Guild. She enjoyed mushroom hunting, playing cards, ginsenging, cooking, and antiquing. 

She is survived by three children, Lt. Col. Ted B. (Lori Lynn) Eilts (Ret.) of Alexandria, La., Timothy (Virginia "GiGi") Eilts of Wabash, Lori (Bill) Rushin of Greenwood;  six grandchildren, Emma Leigh Eilts of Tuscon, Ariz., Timothy Edward Eilts, and Stephen Wyatt Eilts, both of Wabash, Sarah Lynn Eilts of Shreveport, La., Isaac Hunter Eilts of Washington, D.C., and Lauren Ashley Rushin of Greenwood; and two brothers, Carl (Cora) Hunter and Kirby (Georganne) Blankenship, both of Crawley, W.Va. 

She was also preceded in death by her parents, daughter, Nia Kay Eilts, four brothers, and six sisters.

Funeral services will be 10 a.m. Wednesday, July 24, 2019, at Grandstaff-Hentgen Funeral Service, 1241 Manchester Ave., Wabash, with Pastor J.P. Freeman officiating.  Burial will be in Falls Cemetery, Wabash. 

Visitation is 4-7 pm Tuesday, at the funeral home.

Preferred memorial is All Inclusive Playground.

The memorial guest book for Gaye may be signed at

Posted on 2019 Jul 23