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Eunice E. Rotz

Eunice E. Rotz

BlackStar, Artist, Healer... Mother, Grandmother, Great Grandmother... Born Eunice Elsie Seago....passed away on November 25, 2007, surrounded by her children Ann, David, Lavonne, Lynne, and Cord.

Eunice was born October 26, 1918, in Bosque County, Texas. She spent her early years on the Willis Ranch along the Brazos River and Fall Creek. She rode her horse up Comanche Peak, which was only a few miles away.

When she was 18 years old, Eunice placed an ad for a pen pal in the Ranch Romance magazine. A young Pennsylvanian by the name of David Rotz answered. He was so taken by her letters and pictures that he came out to Texas with his Martin guitar, and swept her off her feet. She married her sweetheart in the Spring of 1939.

They started their family in Texas, then moved to the ranch in Montana. There, they registered their Lone Star brand and used it for their cattle and horses. Eunice and Dave were excellent shots with their hunting rifles, even from horseback, and provided for their family from their gardens, forests, and rivers.

From Montana, they moved to Arizona, then Crescent City, Calif., and finally to the Rogue River Valley. They had a good life together until Dave passed away in January, 1986. Eunice never met another who could take his place. She renewed her work creating beautiful jewelry designs in silver, and rededicated her spiritual support to those in need.

At an early age, Eunice accompanied her Granny to the homes of the sick and dying, to bring healing. In later years, as BlackStar, she served wherever she could, to counsel those who had lost their way, to bring back more than one from the darkness of coma and disease. She was welcomed by those of many cultures, vocations, and religions. They even came from Japan and the Amazon to speak with her. The National Council of American Indians, as well as other prominent organizations, recognized her life-long contribution to the welfare of Native Americans, and bestowed her with honors.

BlackStar touched so many lives, it is difficult to measure just how much of a difference she made. We cannot imagine ourselves without her. She often said, "Life is a Circle. We are born in Springtime, in the East, and live the fresh life of childhood. In the South and Summer, as young adults, we grow and produce. In the West, it is Fall... our Autumn. As mature adults, we prepare for the Winter. When we come to the North, we find ourselves elders. Feeling the cold, we shiver and retreat to the fire, where we tell stories and pass on our wisdom to the young ones. Finally, if we live long enough, we return to the East and a new childhood again, before crossing over to the other side."

BlackStar made the full circle just as she knew it would be. Now she is walking her new trail with her husband Dave beside her. She will come to greet us when it is our time to find our own ways across the Great Divide. Suvate, "It is enough"

Donations will be gratefully accepted in her memory at: Howling Acres Wolf Sanctuary, 555 Davidson Road, Williams, OR 97544, or online at wolves@howlingacres.org.

Eunice E. Rotz