April 24, 1877 - March 29, 1951
|Mrs. Evelyn Wright Keener Schuhle, widow of the late Rev. Win. Schuhle, was born April 24, 1877 in Auburn, Alabama. In December of 1908 she was married to Dr. S. S. Keener. It was as his wife that Mrs. Schuhle first graced the parsonage of a Methodist Minister. Dr. Keener, one of the leaders of our conference, served in high places of leadership in our church and his ministry was enriched by the loveliness and charm of this typical southern gentlewoman. Their years together were few yet the service rendered by them is even now a tribute to their faithfulness. Dr. Keener passed away April, 1912.
December 24, 1914 Mrs. Keener was married to another Methodist minister, Rev. William Schuhle. To this home their came one son, Dr. Wil-liam Schuh]e, Professor in Adrian College, Adrain, Michigan, who survives.
Mrs. Schuhle was a woman of rare grace and charm. She had traveled extensively and was an avid reader. Her background and training fitted her well for the difficult task of reigning over a Methodist Parsonage.
She was quite a student of the Bible, which made her a very capable and interesting Church School teacher as well as an outstanding worker in the Woman’s Society of Christian Service.
Upon the superannuation of Rev. Schuhle they moved to the lovely Superannuate Home provided by First Methodist Church, Ponchatoula. Following Brother Schuhle’s death May 11, 1941, Mrs. Schuhle retained the house and continued to make that her home until ill health and failing eye-sight made it necessary for her to go and live with her son. The last days of her life were lonely days filled with darkness and pain but hers was an ever hopeful spirit and until the end she held on to her faith in God and found comfort in many precious memories and the fact that she was with her son and could enjoy the pleasure and company of two lovely grand-children.
Mrs. Schuhle passed away in the home of her son in Adrian the evening of March 29, 1951. A Memorial service was held for her in First Methodist Church, Adrian with the Rev. A. H. Wallschlager in charge. Her body was taken to Toledo, Ohio to the Woodlawn Crematory on Monday, April 2. The ashes are to be returned to Ponchatoula and will be interred alongside the body of Rev. Schuhle.
|Source: Journal of the Louisiana Conference of the Methodist Church, Pages 180-181, 1951 by Jerome Cain.|