SCHOFIELD—Mary Anne Schofield, 88, of Florence, joined her husband Paul Sr. in heaven on Sept. 14, 2020.
Her three children were with her when she passed peacefully at her daughter’s home after a short battle with lung cancer.
Mary Anne was born March 7, 1932, in Bowie Colo., into a family of seven children.
She worked at Hill Air Force base in Utah in her 20s, where she met and married Paul on Jan. 6, 1953.
Paul and Mary Anne moved to Oregon in 1956 to raise their children. They settled in Florence in the early 60s.
She was a hard worker and a jack of all traits. She was part of one of the first crews that planted beach grass on the Florence sand dunes.
She worked at the Winchester Bay fish plant in the early 70s, and was also a long time cashier at the Coast to Coast store.
Mary Anne loved the outdoors. Her and Paul spent time with their children fishing and clamming. Many happy Easters they could be found picnicking at the North Jetty.
In the Early 70s Paul and Mary Anne purchased a home up the North Fork Siuslaw Road. It was the original Minerva post office. They always had a garden, chickens and cows.
They moved to Alaska in 1977 to work in the logging camps. Mom was the camp cook. This was a perfect fit for her as she always loved to cook. Her specialties were baked desserts.
Even in her 80s, she was baking pies and cookies for anyone who stopped by to visit. She loved giving homemade candy at Christmas.
She enjoyed gardening and flowers and has a special love for roses. She paints with oils, crochets, and when she was younger she quilted.
Paul and Mary Anne also spent several years in Moab, Utah, mining gold before they returned back to Florence to live out the rest of their lives with their children and grandchildren.
Mary Anne is a member of Saint Mary’s Catholic Church in Florence. One of her greatest pleasures was being part of the church community. She has made many cherished friends at Saint Mary’s who have supported her and her family in this tough time.
The family will be having a small private service at the church in the near future.
Mary Anne was preceded in death by her husband Paul in 1996; her parents, Fred and Kathrin Gallob of Paonia, Colo.; two brothers: Bill and Joe, also from Colorado; and her son-in-law, Dan Saunders, from Mapleton.
She is survived by her children: Diane Saunders, Paul Schofied (Loni) and Fawn Gates (David); Her grandchildren: Cara Simmington, Jason Gates, Nathan Gates, Megan Schofield and Brian Schofield; three great-grandchildren: Dani, Gabe and Selina; two sisters, both in Colorado: Kay McCall and Gail Fraiser; and a brother, Frank Gallob, in Georgia.
Her family has always called her NeeNee. So, mom, Grandma NeeNee, Aunt NeeNee, rest in peace.
We love you.
Burns’s Riverside Chapel Florence Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.