Mary Ellen Traylor Schulz

Mary Ellen Traylor Schulz passed away September 3, 2021

TRAYLOR SCHULZ—Author and entrepreneur Mary Ellen Traylor Schulz passed away Friday, Sept. 3. She was 73. 

Ellen was a best-selling author who captivated readers around the world with her sweeping sagas of biblical figures. Her novels “John - Son of Thunder,” “Noah,” “Song of Abraham,” “Mary Magdalene,” “Jonah,” “Ruth – A Love Story,” “Esther,” “Samson” and other titles, told familiar bible stories with epic fictional narratives. Her biblical expertise made her an in-demand speaker and frequent guest on national television and radio programs.

Ellen loved engaging with fans on Facebook. 

She also wrote a regional book. “A Bridge Back – The Early Days of Florence, Oregon,” sponsored by the Merchants of Old Town Florence, commemorated the state’s 150th anniversary. 

Ellen’s love of literature blossomed into a thriving business. Port Hole Books in Polson, Mont., and Florence and Gardiner, Ore., specialized in first editions and rare books while her publishing house, Port Hole Publishing, helped aspiring authors tell their stories.

Ellen graduated from South Eugene High School and earned an MFA from Eastern Washington University. She taught English and journalism courses at nearly all levels and she continued to nurture talent through regional writing conferences. 

In 1990, she married the love of her life, Richard Schulz. They shared their time in Oregon and Montana and most recently, Nashville, Tenn. Ellen was a loving and supportive mother to her two sons, Aaron and Nathan Traylor, and a proud grandma to her three grandkids: Anneka, Tyndale and Corwin. 

Ellen is survived by her husband, her mother Carol, her sons and grandchildren. 

A celebration of life will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 16, at Crossroads Assembly of God in Florence, Ore.


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