April 3, 2013 in Obituaries

Obituary: Schofield, Elenore


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SCHOFIELD, Elenore “Ellie” 7/13/1924 to 3/6/2013 Elenore “Ellie” Hazel Schofield passed away at Horton Plaza, Medford, Oregon on the morning of Wednesday, March 6th, 2013, at the age of 88. Ellie was preceded in death by her mother and father, Bertha Marie and Alex Charles Seiss; her first husband, Robert Leroy LaValley; her second husband, Donald James Schofield; and her brother, Robert Charles Seiss. She is lovingly remembered by her three stepchildren, Gordon Schofield (Diane) of Missoula, Montana, Anne Schofield (Sue Harrington) of Hendersonville, North Carolina, Andrew Schofield (Susy) of Talent, Oregon, and her two children, Linda LaValley of Portland, Oregon, and Kristine Schofield of Bend, Oregon, and their families. Ellie was born in Spokane, Washington on July 13, 1924. She graduated from Lewis and Clark High School. She told many stories of her childhood memories, growing up during the Great Depression. Her love of music began as she traded housecleaning chores for piano lessons from a neighbor. She continued to play the piano all her life. She enjoyed tap dancing and performed in a small singing group called “Two Chicks and a Chap” around the Spokane area. After high school she worked as a secretary at Fairchild Air Force Base and for the Bureau of Land Management. On October 21, 1950 she married Robert LaValley. Together, they greatly enjoyed deep-sea fishing and skiing. They had a child, Linda Marie in 1953. Robert passed away unexpectedly in 1956. On February 10, 1960 she married Donald Schofield. They were married until his death in 1994. He had also been widowed and brought three children into the marriage, Gordon, Anne and Andrew. Don and Ellie had one more child, Kristine, in 1961. Ellie was an active resident of the Rogue Valley for over 50 years. She participated in many local organizations. While her children were young, she was a perpetual P.T.A. “room mother” and county elections monitor. She was an accomplished artist and past president of the Southern Oregon Society of Artists. Her interests also included the Sons of Norway Roguedalen Lodge, The Tudor Guild, and the Sweet Adelines Choir. She had many endearing qualities; her children remember her fondly for her unwavering sense of kindness and her ability in the kitchen. She lived by a rule she called “The Three Cs,” her motto: “Don’t criticize, condemn, or complain.” She withheld judgment of others and gave everyone a fresh start each day. While keeping the peace among five children, she could grind the wheat, bake ten loaves of bread and a double batch of oatmeal cookies, pick and put up countless quarts of peaches, pears, blackberries and sweet pickles and occasionally tackle a new recipe from Chef James Beard. A handwritten note from her refrigerator gives witness to one of her favorite sayings: The light of God surrounds me, The love of God enfolds me, The power of God protects me, The presence of God watches over me, Everywhere I am, God is. She would be pleased if her friends remembered her each in their own way, by an act of kindness or contribution of their choice. A private service will be scheduled at a later date.

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