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Laura Elizabeth (Greek) Schulz

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Laura Elizabeth (Greek) Schulz Obituary
Our mother, grandmother, sister and aunt, Laura Elizabeth (Greek) Schulz, passed away Sunday, October 9, 2016, at Willow Park Assisted Living in Boise, Idaho.
She was born June 26, 1929 in Rosebud, South Dakota, the ninth of ten children. This large family of Perry and Emma (Reimer) Greek provided a backdrop for growing up in rural South Dakota during the depression. Her older siblings were Mildred, Eula, Elvin, Henry (Hank), Lester, Irving (Shorty), Dan, and Caroline. Her younger sister, Rachel, survives her. Stories from that childhood were always colorful. And nine siblings made for many stories.
She spent her early years growing up in Parmelee and Mission, South Dakota, graduating from Mission High School in 1947. After high school, Laura left for Denver, Colorado, where she attended a business school and then worked. Through her sister, Mildred, she met a young man from Denver, Elmer Arthur Schulz, or Art, who was studying mechanical engineering at the University of Denver.
On Christmas Day 1951, Laura and Art were married by Father Barbour, at Trinity Episcopal Church in Mission. They began their life together in Borger, Texas, where Art worked for the Phillips Petroleum Company. Over the years, they then made homes in Idaho Falls, Idaho; Western Springs, Illinois; Iowa City, Iowa; Blackfoot, Idaho; and finally, Boise, Idaho. Sons Eric and David were born in Borger and Idaho Falls.
In every place, Laura always had a circle of close friends – assembled from neighbors, church, wives of Art's work colleagues, bridge league partners, and volunteer activities. She was an expert bridge player – card tables in the living room meant a bridge party in the making. Eventually, Laura's and Art's family ended up in Boise, and their home was, more often than not, the place of holidays and birthdays. She and Art loved their dogs over the years – Moose, Annie, Molly, Hobbes, and Maggie.
Laura was chief architect of their home and family – the volunteering, den mothering, school programs, trail boss for family vacations, patching up injuries, birthday parties, and all the rest. When we would ride the Portland Rose from Pocatello to Denver or North Platte – and back – she herded David and Eric from Dome Liner to dining car, out of trouble and on the train. She was never a gardener or yard person – preening the lawn was always Art's province. And a willing, and fairly enthusiastic, partner in Art's brand of family outings – arrowhead hunting, camping, and the like. After he retired, they enjoyed traveling, often visiting family or parts of the country they'd missed so far.
Over the last 10 or so years, Laura's memory was gradually taken from her by dementia. Always the keeper of family records and bookkeeping, this kept her from a whole range of tasks that she dearly loved. Keeping the books, the Christmas cards, the recipes, and cooking up a storm were slowly lost. Her expert bridge game slipped away.
Laura was, among many things, a homemaker. An excellent and creative cook, whose meals and creations were the fabric of family gatherings. Her favorites were captured on index cards in her loose running script – like a quickly jotted note rather than culinary record. She loved to decorate for holidays – especially Christmas. And sponsor family gatherings, with games, and creative activities for all – whether a traditional jigsaw puzzle for the grownups, or the childrens' treasure hunts, whose path followed a series of hidden notes, clues to be discovered one after another, each leading you to the next. It may have been Aunt Mildred's secret recipe for fudge, but mom was the one who assembled the crew and the kitchen where the project was undertaken.
Laura fondly and vividly remembered her Parmelee, South Dakota roots to the end, treasuring them like nothing else. Even as dementia took more and more, she could call up glimpses of her early years. Her earliest memory was that of her mother, Emma, explaining that the beautiful song in the field next to the house was that of the Meadowlark. She loved the summer evenings, when chores were done, and they would play hide & seek – town was so small that everyone had to come out and play to have any real fun. Sometimes on a still evening, they'd hear the Indian men playing drums down by the creek. Favorite childhood stories included the Christmas morning she woke up with double pneumonia, with the x-rays showing a big safety pin in her pajamas, and hearing that her mom had cried because they thought she was dying. And never letting Caroline forget the time she burned the chicken house down playing with matches. In high school, she was homecoming queen and never let a dance pass her by.
She is survived by her sister and brother-in-law, Rachel and Joe Baldwin of Anchorage, Alaska; sons Eric and David Schulz of Boise; daughters-in-law Julie and Jeri; grandchildren Eliza, Andrea, Gretchen, Henry, and Ilsa; and many nieces and nephews.
Laura's family would like to express their thanks to Heart 'n Home Hospice, and especially, the staff of Willow Park, for their care for her since 2014. Laura will now be interred with her late husband, Art, who passed away in 2014. We will hold a brief graveside memorial service for both at the Idaho State Veterans Cemetery.
Place, date and time: Idaho State Veterans Cemetery. Monday, November 21, 2016. 2 p.m. sharp. Memorials for Laura can be made to the memorial fund at St. Michael's Episcopal Cathedral. Memories and condolences can be sent care of www.cremationsociety-idaho.com.
Published in The Morning News on Nov. 21, 2016
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