Sherwood recently lost not only a woman who was willing to lend a hand to anyone in need but also the first unofficial Maid Marian for the Robin Hood Festival.
Eunice "Eunie" Cochran Schiele passed away Feb. 9, 2017, at the Alzheimer's Memory Care Facility in Tualatin. She was 85.
"She was one of those people who everyone knew," said Pam Meissinger, one of Eunie's five daughters. "She loved everybody … and they loved her."
Meissinger said her mother volunteered for the local election board, which oversaw the running of voting at what is now Sherwood Middle School. Eunie, who was born in Nebraska on March 22, 1931, was also a seamstress who sewed all of the family's clothes.
"Her love was her home, her family, inside and out (of the house) and people in general," said Meissinger. "She loved to be with people."
In the early 1950s, Eunie had the distinction of being the first unofficial Maid Marian.
"Mom rode with all the Merry Men on the float," said Meissinger.
Eunie's first husband, Bill (AKA "Wild Bill") was among those Merry Men, as was Meissinger's uncle, Don Cochran, who portrayed Friar Tuck in the early days of the festival. When the first official Maid Marian was selected by ballot in 1954, Meissinger's aunt, Faye Cochran, served as the first court chaperone, according to a history compiled by Sandy Wallace, who coordinates the annual archery competition.
The Robin Hood Court would become a family tradition.
Both Pam Meissinger and her daughter, Tiffany Meissinger, served on the court as well in 1981 and 2014, respectively.
"I just think it's awesome," Pam said of the fact that three generations had been on the court. "I am very proud."
Eunie's husband Bill died in 1974 and she later got remarried to Ed Schiele. Schiele said his wife was the kind of person who had no enemies and he recalled that she volunteered at Meridian Park Hospital, where she did hair care for patients. She also collected clothing and did volunteer work at the former Fairview State Training Center (where one of Eunie's daughter's resided) before it closed.
In addition, Eunie was a Lioness with the Sherwood Lions Club.
Meissinger said her mother lived in her home on the corner of Third and Washington streets since 1950. It was where she and her husband raised their five daughters: Penny, Peggy (Dede), Patty, Paula and Pamela.
"She had fun in life," said Meissinger. "She made life happy."
While a private service was held Feb. 16, a public celebration of life is planned for April 22, from 1 to sometime after 4 p.m. at the Sherwood Senior Center.?