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Eva Schultz

Eva Schultz

Eva completed her life journey on October 6, 2019 after several months of declining health and multiple falls. She was born on March 4, 1926 to Robert F and Clara Goracke Stephens in upper Camp Creek, outside Springfield, Oregon. She spent her early life in upper Camp Creek, completing High School in Springfield. During WWII, and after the death of her father, her continued attendance at Oregon College of Education, where she had started her teacher training, was uncertain. However, she was able to continue her education thanks to a summer job as a "whistle punk" in the woods. Before the logging industry was as mechanized as it is today, she directed action by a variety of "whistled" communications and was paid an hourly wage, an especially welcome benefit at the time.

She married Ralph Schultz on June 19, 1949 at a wedding held in her Mother's yard in Upper Camp Creek. A son, Greg, joined the family in 1951.

She taught elementary school in Eugene and Bethel districts for four years, then did substitute teaching in much of Lane County. She completed her BS in Education at the UofO in the 1960s then worked as audio-visual director in the library of NW Christian College until retiring in 1976. She enjoyed the outdoors, especially her yard and garden, and will be remembered for her frozen raspberry jam and pickles, often shared with friends.

She became an avid birder after an initial class taught by fellow First Christian Church member & attorney, H.V. Johnson. With her husband and friends she spent a number of winters in the deserts of Arizona & California pursuing bird life. She was a member of the National Audubon Society, and the South Willamette Ornithology Club, & Oregon Field Ornithologists and developed a keen interest in protecting bird habitat. In earlier years, she shared her interest by leading bird walks and giving slide presentations in elementary schools and Senior Care Centers. In recent years, she continued to participate in the local group publishing The QUAIL Newsletter.

She was a long time member of First Christian Church and a participant in Church Women United, with a focus on local and world missions.

She was pre-deceased by her husband Ralph in 2000, her parents, and two sisters, Bunny Gibson and Marcella Fipps. She is survived by son Greg Schultz and wife Sandy of Junction City, and three step-grandchildren.

A memorial service will follow at a later date at the First Christian Church in Eugene.

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