Eula Mae Walters
Was born in La Grange, North Carolina on January 22nd, 1921. She passed on November 6, 2012, on Election Day. She was an Army nurse in World War II, and served in Italy; and, she was a stewardess nurse on the
Seaboard Coast Train Line between New York City and Miami, Florida.
Eula Walters became a nurse anesthetist, was a C.R.N.A. for over thirty years, and was instrumental in fighting for nurse anesthetists to have the right to bill for their services as sole providers. She gave thousands of anesthesias, co-authored journal articles, and served on Anesthesia boards. She "never lost a patient on the table."
She was a member of American Women for International Understanding and travelled with the organization to Russia, China, Afghanistan, and other countries. In her sixties, she attended law school and earned a law degree. She went on to fight for over eleven years to save and dedicate "Ferry Park," or "Sue Bierman" Park for the people of San Francisco. She believed the City should preserve and cherish its few remaining green spaces.
Eula Walters did the Bay to Breakers at 75 years of age, and was an avid swimmer for most of her life. She passed away peacefully of natural causes in San Francisco, California, where she had lived for over forty years. She will be remembered as a feisty, caring lady who fought tirelessly for what she believed in.
Eula Walters was married by Norman Vincent Peale to William Satterwhite in New York City. She was later divorced and left no children. Her nieces, nephews, cousins and friends will miss her strong, loving spirit. At her request her remains were donated to U.C.S.F. and there will be no memorial service.
Published in San Francisco Chronicle on Nov. 11, 2012