Obituary: Ruth Erville Schuler (Aug. 25, 1912 – March 4, 2012)

By Submitted March 15, 2012 12:00 am

Ruth Erville Schuler, age 99 ½, passed away peacefully March 4, in her daughterʼs home in Boise, Idaho.

She was second of eight children of William Frederick and Erna Helen (Witting) Furber. Mom was born August 25, 1912, in Irving, Alberta, Canada, where her parents were homesteading. After seven years of drought they moved to Honolulu, Hawaii, then Portland, Oregon. Momʼs two favorite years were spent with her family on a farm near Coquille, Oregon, then they moved back to Portland.

In June, 1937, Ruth graduated from the School of Dietetics at the College of Medical Evangelists (now Loma Linda University), and on July 31, 1938, she married Dr. James David Schuler. Eight children were born to them. Their marriage lasted until Jim died on May 14, 2004, just before his 92nd birthday.

After retirement, they worked for five years in Thailand where Mom learned to read and write that difficult language. Later they worked in Africa for 18 months. In 1985, Mom and Dad moved to Smith River, Calif., where he passed away and she lived until 2008.

Mom always said that the highlight of her life was her eight children and watching them grow up to be successful members of society. But she will be remembered by countless friends and relatives for her kindness, her wonderful cooking, and especially for her delicious Christmas bread.

Itʼs impossible to think about her without thinking about knitting. She continued making hats and scarves and sweaters and purses until very near the end of her life. Plus she taught many children and adults how to knit and crochet. Just a couple weeks before her death she taught a high school wrestling champion. Within a week he sent a picture of a scarf he had made. She treasured that picture.

She had several other avid interests in her life: she loved nature, gardening while she still could, reading, Bible study, watching TV and shopping. She maintained her interest in these, and kept her clear mind and quick wit, until the very end. Her final instructions were to say our prayers, be grateful, and do something nice for someone every day.

Mom was a life-long active member of the Seventh-day Adventist Church and contributed untold hours volunteering in various ways.

She leaves behind her sister, Carole Ford; three daughters, JoAnn Vipond of Brookings, Ore., Virginia Smith of Rogue River, Ore., and Judy Balkins of Boise, Idaho; five sons, Randall Schuler of Sunnyside, Wash.,, Bill Schuler of Elbert, Colo., Dave Schuler of Napa, Calif., Darrell Schuler of Commerce City, Colo., and Dennis Schuler of Boise, Idaho; 15 grandchildren and 17 and a half great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, three brothers and three sisters.

A family reunion to celebrate her life will be held in the summer.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to KBLN in Grants Pass, Ore., or St. Lukeʼs Hospice in Boise, Idaho, which provided such compassionate care for her and the family during the last few months of her life. Arrangements were under the direction of Cremation Society of Idaho.

— Submitted by Family