Edith Walters Schuler passed away peacefully, surrounded by family, on Tuesday, October 7th, after valiantly facing a series of health challenges over the past twelve months.
Beloved wife, cherished mother, she is survived by her husband, Del Schuler, her daughters, Barbara Lopez, Karen Donovan and Susan Schuler, her son, James Schuler, her sister, Bernice Bucker, and her brother, Ron Walters. She was preceded in death by her oldest son, William Hedrick, and her three brothers, Jim, Joe and Larry Walters. She was blessed with eight grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
An avid reader, a lady parachutist, a brilliant cook and an exceptionally talented cake decorator whose two great passions were politics and quilting. She spent nearly two decades working actively with the Republican Party of Dallas County, serving as vice-chairman of volunteers for many years. She was chosen as a presidential elector in 1984, and cast her vote in the Electoral College for Ronald Reagan. Her tireless efforts on behalf of the party were rewarded in 1989 when she was chosen “outstanding Republican Woman” by the Texas Federation of Republican Women.
As her career in party politics wound down in the early 1990’s, she devoted her time and effort to a new pursuit – quilting. She absolutely excelled in this new pursuit. Relatives and friends locally and throughout the country cherished the hand-made patch work quilts they received from Edith as commemorative Gifts for weddings, births and anniversaries. She began entering her quilts into competition at The State Fair of Texas in 1999 and, over the course of a decade, won numerous ribbons – including a blue ribbon and “Best of Show” ribbon in 2008. This was a beautiful reward for the hundreds of hours she put into each of her creations.
While all these activities and achievements gave Edith great satisfaction, her true passion was her family. She dearly loved her husband who gave her absolutely unconditional love for over fifty years. They were known in the family as the “Love Birds”, and their home is filled with artisan crafts depicting two devoted love birds- beak to beak. As a mother she was loving, tender and supportive in any and all situations. Her steadfast love never wavered. We will miss her in ways indescribable, but are sanguine in our certainty that she is now home, at peace, with the Lord.
A celebration of Edith’s life will be held at 7:00 pm on Tuesday, October 14th at the Aria Memorial Chapel 19310 Preston Road, Dallas, Texas 75252.
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Edith was such a special lady. She will be greatly missed by our family, especially at family celebrations. We were lucky enough to receive two of her beautiful quilts when our children were born and they will remain cherished keepsakes. Our prayers and sympathies are with my sweet sister-in-law, Karen, and her family.
We feel so lucky to have known Edith. Edith entered our lives as our son’s mother-in-law, but became a dear friend. She was a special lady and we will miss her. Love Judy and Dan Donovan