Ellen Arlene Schulz

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Ellen Arlene Schulz, 90, of Bella Vista, Ark., passed away on Oct. 18, 2016. She was born on May 13, 1926, to William and Esther Hill in Virginia, Minn.

She trained as a nurse at Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis, Minn. In 1946, she was united in marriage with Lenny Schulz of Rochester, Minn. From this union they had three children: Bruce, Timothy, and Gretchen. She had a long career in nursing beginning at two hospitals located in Rochester, Minn., affiliated with the Mayo Clinic. She began her career at St. Mary's Hospital and after her children got older, she returned to work as the head nurse in urology surgery at Methodist Hospital. She was involved in surgeries on many famous people including Bob Hope. She also was involved with the kidney transplant program. She continued her career at the Springdale hospital after moving to Arkansas in the early 70s.

In the early years of their marriage, she and Lenny owned and operated a 40-acre fruit farm, where hundreds of customers came to pick strawberries over the years. They also sold berries and apples to the local stores. In 1961, they moved to a farm in Stewartville, Minn., where they grew corn and peas for Libby's, and she continued in nursing.

After retirement, she and Lenny traveled extensively throughout the United States, living for a time in both Arizona and Maui, Hawaii.

She is survived by her husband, Lenny; their sons, Bruce and his wife Virginia of North Palm Beach, Fla., and Timothy and his wife Kathy of Springdale, Ark.; and their daughter, Gretchen Bussman and her husband, Lawrence, of Cassville; six grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren.

Ellen was a nurturing person, but also a very progressive woman who believed strongly in the abilities of women. She was also a woman of strong faith. She will be missed.