Elvina Ann (Kary) Schultz passed peacefully at home with her loving family at her side on a beautiful North Dakota day, April 26, 2018.  The service to celebrate her wonderful life will take place at Bismarck Funeral Home on Monday, March 30 at 10:00 AM. Elvina will be interred next to her husband, Roger, at the North Dakota Veteran’s Cemetery in Mandan, ND.
Elvina was born the first of six daughters to Val and Barbara (Wetzstein) Kary in Glen Ullin, ND, on March 29,1929.  Elvina lived with her family on her father’s ranch outside of Almont, ND.  Her unselfish approach to life began early in life as she learned the joys of gardening, the beauty of grain fields and the tenderness of caring for others.
Learning was a daily pursuit throughout her life and she was a voracious reader.  She loved to learn and loved to help others, especially children, and these passions led her to choose a college major of teaching with a focus on English and literature. She loved Shakespeare and the theater.  Through her love of literature, she taught us to love all forms of art. Also, her interest in other cultures, issues confronting society, and helping others brought an acceptance of others that she passed on to all of us.
Elvina met her best friend and future husband, when as a young adult she moved to Glen Ullin to become a teacher. On May 20, 1951, Elvina married Roger Dean Schultz. Together their life included travels across the country, yet they always found their way home to North Dakota and the “wide open plains where one can see for miles.”
Elvina and Roger had six children, each blessed by her unconditional love, her sense of wonder, her tremendous sense of humor, and her unselfish devotion to each of us. She created life experiences that returned happy, rich, and deep childhood memories; camping, hunting and fishing; drive-in movies and dilly bars on Saturday nights; making cookies; and watching “Bonanza” while eating soup and sandwiches in the living room.  Her grandkids and the great-grandkids were the joy of her life. Later in life she was blessed by Aiden and Sasha, with the play-fullness, sense of wonderment, joy of life as seen through a child’s eyes, and grace that was always a blessing to all of us.
The greatest accomplishment of her life was teaching us adaptability when confronted with life’s challenges, and making the most of every moment, all the while demonstrating her perseverance and kindness.  She devoted every day to be the primary caretaker of Dad during his 30+ years with Lou Gehrig’s Disease (ALS).  With Mom’s example and determination our family stayed strong.  We learned a great lesson: “No matter what comes our way, she taught us to keep putting one foot in front of the other, to always give life our best shot, and together, and with perseverance, we can get through anything.” Mom’s greatest gift to each of us was her grace, kindness, and unconditional love.  She was always positive, even when she had every reason not to be. Mom, you truly are our blessing. We love you so.
We were fortunate to call her mom, grandma, great-grandma, sister, sister-in-law, and friend. From youngest to oldest, we are her children: Meda (and Shane) Ross of Maple Valley, WA and their children Aiden and Sasha; Wade (and Lisa) Schultz of Odessa, TX;  Eric (and Diane) Schultz of Almont and their boys: Dustin (and fiancee Claudia Moran Bazan) of Oakland, CA and Russel (and Michelle) Schultz of Hawley, MN; and their daughters Kit (and Chad) Schley of LeCenter, MN and their children Allison, Alex, Adam, and Emily; and Kate (and Jordan) LaSota of Burnsville, MN and their son Payton; Vicki (and Mac) Brown of Solomons, MD and their boys Luke Brown of Solomons, MD, and Cale Brown (and special friend Lauren Blanchette) of Solomons, MD; Brenda (and Ron) Lipp of Bismarck and their children and families: Jake (and Alma) Lipp and their son Levi of San Francisco, CA; Chelsea (and Caleb) Hoovestol and their daughters: Azyl, Vera, and Emri of Austin, TX; Sidney Lipp of Hillside, IL; and Mackenzie Lipp of Bismarck; Mark Schultz (and special friend Antigone Agnos) of Reston, VA and his daughters and their families: Monica (and Dale) Klein and their children: Jacob, Elizabeth, Wilhelmina, and Cora Rose of Lorton, VA; and Cerise (and Larry) Estep and their boys: Carter and Luke of Powhatan, VA; her sisters: Irene Olson of Tacoma, WA; Dolores Toepke of Richardton, ND; Ann Gratz of Fredonia, WI; Angi (and Gary) Tressel of Edmonds, WA; and Mary Hoffman of Gillette, WY; and her brother-in-law William (and Louise) Schultz of Billings, MT and the brothers-in-law who have proceeded her.  Also, numerous nieces and nephews, and many wonderful friends.
Preceding her in death were her beloved husband Roger; her parents Valentine and Barbara Kary; and her mother- and father-in-law Vesta and Herman Schultz.
 


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Bismarck Funeral Home
3723 Lockport St
Bismarck, ND 58503-5537
(701) 223-4055


Site designed and maintained by KK BOLD Copyright 2013 Bismarck Funeral Home

Bismarck Funeral Home
3723 Lockport St  |  Bismarck, ND 58503-5537
(701) 223-4055


Site designed and maintained by KK BOLD Copyright 2013 Bismarck Funeral Home