Estel Faye Sohler passed away April 9, 2011. She was born on October 2, 1910, in Tulsa, Okla., to John W. and Bertha C. (Dugger) Chaney. The family moved to Marshfield, Ore. (now Coos Bay), when she was five. Growing up in the Marshfield and Millington area, she attended schools in Marshfield, graduating in 1928. She continued her education at Willamette University, majoring in French, and graduating in 1932. As foreign languages had been dropped from school curriculums and teaching jobs were scarce, she returned home to Millington to drive a bus for her father. Ultimately she got a teaching job in Coos River, and from there went to Wheeler, where she met her future husband, Leo E. Sohler.
Leo and Estel were married December 27, 1938. Estel finished her teaching year at Wheeler and then moved to Coquille where her husband was working. In 1941, they moved to Toledo where their daughter, Lynn, was born. In 1948, the family moved to Ashland. Estel returned to teaching in 1955, first substituting and then full-time at Ashland Senior High School where she taught English. After retiring in 1973, she enjoyed reading, attending concerts and classes at Southern Oregon University, dining out, gardening, sewing and traveling. In 2003, Estel moved to Salem to be closer to her family.
Estel was preceded in death by her parents, husband, and siblings. She is survived by her daughter, Lynn (Mel) Mogster; grandson, Dan (Shelley) Kuykendall; step-granddaughters, Terri Brown and Traci Mogster; and five great-grandchildren.
A memorial service will be held May 24, 2011, 2:00 p.m., at Morningside United Methodist Church, 3674 12th St. S.E., in Salem. In lieu of flowers, contributions in Estel's memory may be made to the church's endowment fund or a charity of one's choice.