Edna Moore Schultz, a Depew writer and professor, died Tuesday in Schofield Residence, Town of Tonawanda. She was 95.
Mrs. Schultz's books include a biography of her youngest daughter, "Kathy," who had Down syndrome; nine volumes of poetry titled "Thoughts Along the Way; "Mother and Daughter Banquet Ideas"; and "Retirement Is."
She also wrote articles, poems and plays for magazines such as Ideals, Eternity, Moody Monthly and Herald of Holiness.
Born on a farm in Ellettsville, Ind., she graduated from Stinesville High School in Indiana. Her family moved to Buffalo in 1928, and she met Charles S. Schultz, a police officer, and married him in 1931. He died in 1989 after 58 years of marriage.
Mrs. Schultz taught creative writing at Houghton College from 1975 to 1980 and hosted a women's radio program on WDCX from 1963 to 1976. She also wrote news and features for the Lancaster Enterprise and the Depew Herald from 1955 to 1975.
Mrs. Schultz's daughter Janice Dalbo, of West Seneca, said her mother's passion for working with words began in her early years.
"Long ago, down on a little farm town in Indiana, the high school principal let her borrow a typewriter and take it home," Dalbo said. "That was really the beginning of her literary career."
A 40-year teacher of women's Bible classes, Mrs. Schultz was a member of Prospect Avenue Baptist Church for 52 years before joining Winchester Community Church of West Seneca in 1986. Today's Christian Woman magazine named her Woman of the Year because of the impact of the book "Kathy" in the United States and overseas, Dalbo said.
Survivors include another daughter, Nancy Morningstar.
Services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday in Winchester Community Church, 909 Harlem Road, West Seneca.