Helen Erlene Hoppes Scheer
July 6, 1923 – April 18, 2009
Erlene was born on an Oil Lease near Bristow, Oklahoma and went to be with her Lord on April 18, 2009. She was preceded by her parents Erle Fred and Florence Lucinda Hoppes, two daughters, Marsha Lynn and Carolyn Ruth Scheer. She is survived by her husband Lawrence Earnest of 63 years, her two sons Steven Lawrence and Mark Earnest, her daughter Lucinda Erlene Glenn two grand daughters Jacqueline Erlene Flood and Tiffany Ruth Glenn, her two grandsons, Andrew Harrison Glenn and Aaron Lawrence Lewis Glenn, her step-granddaughter Samantha Rose Solis, three step great grandsons, Christian, Ethan and Ryan Solis and step granddaughter Mindy Dawn Luna and a step great granddaughter Andrea Elizabeth Luna. Surviving her also is her only nephew James Chandler and wife Johnna.
Erlene was baptized in Bristow, Oklahoma and confirmed in the Lutheran Church by The Reverend Al Schipes the Lutheran Chapel at the University of Michigan in l946.
Erlene attended Morgan Park High in Chicago, Illinois, Ponce de Leon High in Coral Gables, Florida and graduated from Pierce City High School in Pierce City, Missouri. She graduated from Kansas State Teachers College at Pittsburg, Kansas in l945 where she received a Bachelor of Education Degree, majoring in Journalism. She taught a year at Winfield High School in Winfield, Kansas before marrying Ensign Lawrence Scheer.
As president of her class in High School she was named Valedictorian. In college she was on Student Council, President of the Senior Class, member of the Kappa Mu Epsilon Math Club, Sigma Tau Delta English Fraternity, Future Teachers of America and Editor of Collegio, the College News Paper. She was Pledge Mother, and president of Sigma Sigma Sigma sorority and also president of the Campus chapter of the YWCA, and still had time to make straight “A”s’ through out High School and College. She was voted into “Who’s Who” of American Colleges and Universities. She attended the University of Mexico and studying Spanish and Mexican Culture during a summer session of College.
After graduation she became Secretary of the National Tri Sigma staff. She was student advisor with the Chapter at the Arizona State University. She was awarded the Tri Sigma Alumna Honors Award, and given the Emily Gates Alumna Achievement Award, the highest recognition for service in the Sorority.
Erlene was active in LWML and taught Sunday school and bible class in various Lutheran churches as she and Larry were moved across the country by the Navy. She was a leader in the Girl Scouts and pioneered one of the first handicapped Cub Scout Pac. Her great achievement was her diligent work with the Development Disabled. She began a recreational program in Chila Vista, California which developed into the Ann Daley School. She became a life time member of the Parent Teachers of America working with the Public School System in San Diego County. At Christ Church Lutheran in Phoenix she was given the greatest opportunity to use her many gifts in ministry. Erlene was the visionary to organize the Handicapped Village Board of Directors building seven homes for the Developmentally Disabled and was a member of the Governors Council for the Mentally Handicapped in Arizona. The present day ARCH program is an outgrowth of a project Erlene began.
Erlene was invited to join the National Organization of American Mothers, and in l985 she was elected as the Mother of the Year to represent Arizona at the National Convention in New York where out of the 52 states and Puerto Rico she was 5th runner up.
She was a loving mother, grandmother, and a fantastic wife and will linger in our memories forever. Visitation will be held Friday, April 24, from 6:00-8:00 pm, at Whitney & Murphy Funeral Home, 4800 E. Indian School Road. Memorial Service to be held at 4:00 pm, Saturday, April 25, at Christ Church Lutheran, 3901 E. Indian School Road, Phoenix. A memorial to the Valley Lutheran High School, 525 W. Colter Ave., Phoenix, AZ. 85013 is preferred in lieu of flowers.