Aleatha Scholer

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Scholer, Aleatha Mae (Dieatrick)

December 30, 1927 â€"

February 25, 2017

"I think it's time for another adventure," she said, then slipped out the door and into the sunshine.

She was 89.

Born in Sumner, Washington, Aleatha was a graduate of the University of Puget Sound and remained a proud Logger all her life. She would later earn a Master's Degree at the University of New Mexico.

She met her husband, E.A. "Swede" Scholer, in 1951 at a conference in Idaho. They settled into life in The Dalles, Oregon, where he served as Director of the Recreation Department and coached the swim team. In 1955 they left the Northwest when he entered a Ph.D. program at the University of Illinois.

As educators, researchers, and volunteers they never missed an opportunity to travel and live abroad. Norway, New Zealand and Malaysia were only a few of the countries they called home.

They came to New Mexico in 1968 when Swede accepted a position teaching at UNM and Aleatha began a career with the Albuquerque Public Schools. When Swede retired in 1989 they moved to Sun River, Oregon and Aleatha worked as a school psychologist with the Crook Deschutes ESD until 1993 when she retired. They moved to the Oregon coast, later splitting the year between Newport, Oregon and New Mexico, finally returning to Los Ranchos full time in 1998.

Community service was deeply ingrained in both of them and they committed time & resources to the Sons of Norway Lodge in Bend, Oregon, Habitat for Humanity & Global Volunteers. When Swede passed in 2007, Aleatha continued to travel with Global Volunteers, working with education programs in India and China until well in her 80's.

Friends and family across the world will remember her as upbeat, kind and generous, with an easy smile. An outspoken Progressive Democrat, she stood with a fist when necessary. Dedicated to promoting quality education as a fundamental human right, she was at her best when helping others. And she made awesome cookies.

She follows her husband and oldest daughter, Linda Harrell, in death. She is survived by a daughter, son and son-in-law and leaves a legacy in her four grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. Per her request, there will be no memorial service. She has been cremated & will be interred with her husband in Santa Fe at the National Cemetery at some yet to be determined date. Should friends wish to make a donation in her memory, her family suggests contacting Global Volunteers, the National Parks Foundation, or Planned Parenthood.

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Published in Albuquerque Journal on Mar. 12, 2017