Nancy Lee Schubert

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Nancy Lee Schubert, second of three children of Virginia Eisenlohr and Bill Schubert, was born August 18, 1950, in Teaneck, New Jersey. On August 27, 1988, in Central City, Colorado, she was married to Greg Ewert (born February 11, 1949, in East Lansing, Michigan.

Nancy and Greg had three children: Emma Miriam Ewert, born May 5, 1989, in Mt. Vernon, Washington; Lillian Frances Ewert, born April 28, 1992, in Mt. Vernon, Washington; and Clara Rose Virginia Ewert, born May 20, 1995, in Annacortes, Washington.

Note: Story from 1996 Arthur Jones Family Scrapbook.

Nancy was born in Teaneck, New Jersey, in 1950 and lived in Des Moines, Iowa, and Kansas City, Missouri, before the family settled in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, in 1955 where she spent all of her school years. She graduated from high school in 1968 and attended Converse College in South Carolina for one year before transferring to the University of Texas in Austin. She graduated from the University of Texas in 1972 with a major in Sociology.

While in Austin she began working with children with special needs which fit a goal she had had since childhood to become a social worker.

From Austin, Nancy spent a year working in the mountains of North Carolina before moving to Boulder, Colorado, in 1974. In Boulder, Nancy worked at a retirement center and then at a sheltered workshop with mentally retarded adults for several years before entering graduate school in 1977. Colorado opened up a variety of outdoor activities such as backpacking and cross country skiing which she still enjoys.

She graduated from the University of Northern Colorado in 1979 with an M.A. in Rehabilitation Counseling. She first worked for Services for the Deaf and Blind with blind adults. In 1983 she took eight months off and traveled alone through Europe, India, Nepal, Burma, and Thailand.  This proved to be an important personal journey as well as a geographical one. After returning to Colorado in 1984, Nancy became employed as a Family Service Counselor at Craig Hospital in Denver where she had done an internship in graduate school. She worked with families and individuals who were adjusting to spinal cord injury.

During this time Nancy began to attend a Quaker Friends Meeting, which over the years has grown to be a major focus of her life.

Nancy pursued her love of traveling and outdoor activities. She was able to go to Ireland and to take a six-week trip to East Africa where she climbed Mt. Kilamanjaro.

She bought a house in Denver in 1985, and in 1987 she met Greg in Seattle on a blind date. Greg grew up in Michigan but became a Washington resident during his university days. He majored in Architecture before getting a degree in teaching. He has taught elementary school for 20 years in Seattle, Alaska, and the San Juan Islands. Nancy took a leave from her work in January 1988 and moved to Seattle. In August 1988 she and Greg were married in Central City, Colorado, in the Methodist church where his great-grandfather had been a minister in the gold rush days. They moved permenantely to Lopez Island in the San Juans off the northern coast of Washington where Greg became employed as a teacher. They continue to live on Lopez where they have built their own home, and had three children in the last eight years. Their children are Emma, age 7; Lilly, age 4; and Clara, age 1 (in 1996). They are active in the community of Lopez and have started a Quaker Worship group there. They are also active in the North Pacific Yearly Meeting of Friends.

While Greg enjoys taking his classes on camping trips, their family outdoor activities are closer to home these days as they work developing their five acres and enjoy the activities of their children. Nancy is not employed full time now but finds plenty of community volunteer work to pursue in her “spare” time. She also enjoys gardening, reading, and sewing and loves being mother to three wonderful daughters.


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