On February 19, 2013 Louise Hueners, 99, finished her long and bountiful life on Crater View Ranch, the scenic family farm and vineyard near Jacksonville that had been her home since 1940. Her final days were filled with family and friends who came to wish her well on her next journey and to thank her for all she had added to their lives.
She was born Louise Joan Scheidereiter in Ashland, Ore. July 10, 1913 to Anna Nancy and Richard William Christian Scheidereiter. On December 30, 1940, she married Albert Edward Hueners who preceded her in death in 2003. She moved onto the ranch and joined Albert running the large historic acreage that was, over the years, a dairy farm, a sheep ranch and, since 2006, one of the most beautiful vineyards in southern Oregon. She and Albert raised three daughters who joined them in the difficult but fulfilling life of caring for the land and livestock. Daughters Jan (Mike) Murphy of Ashland, Judy (John) Gurule of Albuquerque, N.M., and Carol (Doug) Snider of Medford worked alongside Louise and Albert for many years before starting their own families.
In her later years, her grandchildren became the focus of her life. They all had the wonderful experience of growing up on the ranch that, for them, was always Grandma's. Louise was a very positive influence on their lives and a great friend to them and their friends. Even when her physical health finally failed, she never lost her insatiable curiosity and sense of wonder. She would spend hours with her grandchildren discussing topics that included science, medicine, theology, and politics. Her great-grandchildren are following in their parents' footsteps enjoying Louise and Albert's marvelous legacy.
Louise enjoyed sharing her home and the beautiful land that surrounds it. She welcomed visitors on a daily basis. She especially enjoyed welcoming the many artists who came to paint the scenic beauty of the ranch that was her home and workplace. For the artists, visiting Louise was part of the joy of a day spent capturing the splendor of the ranch. She took great pleasure in seeing the ranch through the artists' eyes.
She loved the animals, wild and domestic, that shared Crater View Ranch with her. She doted on the ranch livestock like she did her many pets. She loved watching and feeding the wild creatures that lived on the ranch's fields, rolling hills, and oak savannah. Walking the hills of the ranch for many years kept her young and vital. Her family will always remember her carrying home bummer lambs and leaping fences well into her golden years.
In addition to her three daughters, she is survived by grandsons Ryan (Jaime) Snider, Medford, Dr. Chris Murphy, Seattle, Sean Snider, Medford; granddaughters Meredith Murphy, Medford and Michelle (John) Duff, Redmond; great-grandchildren Zachary and Joshua Snider, Mikayla Murphy, Olivia and Daniel Duff; alongside one niece and three nephews. She was preceded in death by grandson Todd Snider and siblings Walter Scheidereiter, Roland Scheidereiter, and Helen MacKinnon.
She will be laid to rest alongside her husband Albert in the Jacksonville Cemetery overlooking the place that was her home. At Louise's request the family will have a private grave side service. In lieu of flowers, she can best be remembered with donations to Spay/Neuter Your Pet (SNYP) of Southern Oregon, the Southern Oregon Humane Society, or the charity of your choice.