Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma

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Ophelia Schattenburg

Born: 2/23/1921

Died: 1/18/2006

Maiden Name: n/a

Honorific: n/a

Ophelia Irene Schattenburg, formerly Walker, passed away peacefully in her sleep on January 18, 2006. She was born February 23, 1921, in Allen to Grace Esta Lee Green Rail and William Andrew Rail. The family moved to California in the 1930s.

Ophelia married LaRoy Walker in Dinuba where they farmed and raised three children. They were active in the PTA, 4-H Club, and Dinuba Church of Christ.

Every member of her family was beloved by Ophelia. This lady was valiant, with great dignity, poise and grace. She was a member of the Choctaw Nation through her father’s bloodline and her life has been lived with the great American Indian spirit, delighting in laughter and merriment.

From a famous quote, There is nothing so strong as true gentleness, there is nothing so gentle as true strength. In the last decade Ophelia became the Rail family matriarch, from a long line of matriarchs. As before her, the family was blessed that she was strong and gentle. As a mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother who provided wisdom to all the family, she was also known to be a talented writer and family historian, while a scientist also lived at the core of her intellect.

Throughout her life Ophelia was forever a student of the Holy Bible, and she always believed that with God’s Hand she could research the right herbal remedies to improve her health. Ophelia, lovingly called Alphie, Auntie O, Alphie Bird, and Grandma O, spoke often of joy and laughter, looking for the joy in life for everyone. A bird does not sing because it’s happy - it sings because it has a song to sing. Ophelia had a song to sing and with a beautiful voice. It is said that the only true way to teach is by example. If this is true, Opehlia was a shining example to a family who loved and treasured her deeply.