Etta W. (Jackson) Schwabauer

Etta was born on the Jackson family farm in the Dryland area in May 6, 1916 to Bill and Maude (Marsh) Jackson. She passed away on March 30, 2012.

She attended grade school at the Dryland School, with perfect attendance for eight years. She continued her education at Molalla Union High School, graduating in 1933. She was editor of The Arrow during her junior and senior years.

During her youth, she and her brother Stony raised dairy cows and hogs. They were members of the local 4-H clubs and showed their animals at the Clackamas County Fair, Oregon State Fair and the Pacific International Stock Show, receiving many blue ribbons, as well as champion and reserve championship ribbons. In addition, Etta did cooking and canning for 4-H and brought home many blue ribbons.

In 1933 the Canby Herald ran a contest for young women to see who could sell the most subscriptions. Etta won the contest and received a round trip to the Chicago World's Fair, with all expenses paid.

In November 1934 Etta and Bill were married at Christ Lutheran Church in Aurora. Etta moved about a mile and a half away to the Schwabauer farm in the Needy area, where she and Bill raised grains, flaxes, alfalfa, clover, turkeys, hogs, sheep and filberts.

Etta always enjoyed living on a farm, as she could grow her own food and all the flowers, shrubs and trees she desired. Her vegetable gardens were a wonder, and her flowers were picture perfect.

She was pretty much a homebody, but she and Bill did visit British Columbia, California and New Jersey. She was also employed at various jobs: Swan Island Dahlia Farm, Oregon Flax Plant and a nursing home in Molalla. Etta also enjoyed crocheting and was active in the Smyrna Stitch Club.

Etta was preceded in death by her mother, Maude; father, Bill; brother, Stony and husband, Bill. Etta and Bill had been married 59 years when Bill passed away.

Etta is survived by her daughter, Betty (Bob) Palmer; son, Vernon and three granddaughters, Betty (Jon) Hytinen, Beth (Ryan) Wirtz and Chrisse Schwabauer. In addition, she has five great-grandchildren, Josh, Nick and Matt Hytinen, Palmer Wirtz and Elizabeth Gildersleeve. Etta spent her last four years at Hope Village Skilled Nursing Home, and the family is very appreciative of the kind and thoughtful care the staff provided.

Memorial donations may be made to the Smyrna Church in Canby. Services will be held Saturday, April 14, 2012 at 1:30 p.m. at the Smyrna Church in Canby. A reception will follow at the Smyrna Church Fellowship Hall.

Published online Molalla (Oregon) Pioneer, 4/12/2012 12:27:04 PM


Schwabauer, Etta W. (Jackson), age, 95, born May 06, 1916, died March 30, 2012.

Etta is survived by daughter, Betty (Bob) Palmer and son, Vernon.

Memorial service, Saturday, April 14, 2012 at 1:30 p.m. at Smyrna United Church of Christ at Canby. Reception to follow at church fellowship hall.

Published in The Oregonian on April 12, 2012