Edna Louise Schruben, 87, Scottsbluff

Edna Louise Schruben, 87, of Scottsbluff, died Thursday, August 23rd at Regional West Medical Center following a short illness. She was born May 25, 1925 to Lester and Neta (Adams) Coulter, whose families were both homesteaders near Bridgeport and Redington, Nebraska in the late 1800's. Edna grew up on a homesteaded farm south of Bridgeport, attended Bridgeport High School graduating in 1942. After working for the Morrill County Courthouse, she joined the Army Cadet Nurse Corps during WWII, graduating from St. Josephs School of Nursing in Alliance, NE in 1947. While in Alliance she met her future husband, Willard Schruben, who was stationed there in the Army Air Corps following his deployment to Italy during the war. Edna worked as a registered nurse at Morrill County Hospital until 1957 when she received further education to become a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist. The family moved to Scottsbluff where Edna continued her career in anesthesia working at St. Mary Hospital for 20 years and Regional West Medical Center for another 16 years. Highly respected, professionally, Edna was sought after to provide anesthesia services to numerous community hospitals in Western Wyoming and the greater Panhandle Area. She enjoyed an active retirement by golfing, was an excellent gardener, and managed cattle ranching and wheat farming at her family's homestead, the Lester Coulter Ranch. She was a member of the Nebraska State Nurses Association, the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists, and the First United Presbyterian Church in Scottsbluff, NE.

She is survived by her daughters, Karen (Franklin) Lewkowitz of Paradise Valley, AZ, Susan (John) Horn of Lincoln, NE, six grandchildren, Taura Horn (Joe Crockett), Noah (Ashleigh) Lewkowitz, Tasha Horn, Seth Lewkowitz, Eden Lewkowitz, and Amalia (Brian) Van Bloom, and long time friend, Jean Nichols of Scottsbluff. Also surviving are numerous members of the Coulter, Anderson, and Lapaseotes families. She was preceded in death by her husband, parents, and brother, Robert Coulter.

Her memorial service will be held at 11:00 a.m., Thursday, August 30, 2012, at First Presbyterian Church in Scottsbluff with Pastor Ron Nuss-Warren officiating. Cremation was at Sunset Memorial Park Crematory in Scottsbluff. The family requests that in lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Panhandle Humane Society.

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