Georgia Mae Schader

Georgia Mae Schader, 85, of Usk, WA, passed away on February 3, 2018 at Long Term Care in Newport, WA. She was born June 23, 1932 to Jonas and Olive Sattleen. She attended school in and around Chinook, MT and graduated from there in 1950.

Georgia worked many jobs following graduation including babysitting, store clerk, restaurant cook, and waitressing. After a short marriage to William Morehead in 1959, she met and married Kenneth”Buddy”Arndt in 1962. They each had 10 year old sons and started their family, living and working in Chinook. After a tragic motorcycle accident claimed Buddy’s son Danny, it was decided to make a fresh start and move to Usk, WA in 1965, where Buddy’s brother Ervin and his wife Doris lived. Georgia started working almost immediately for who would become best friends, Virgil and Jane Haas, at the Usk General Store. The store also was the communication center for directions to all points in Pend Oreille County. Georgia took this part of her job very serious , studying maps and taking afternoon rides with Buddy to see up close at destinations people may be looking for. Over time, Georgia became our county’s first GPS. People would say, “once you get to the Usk Store, go in and ask for Georgia. She knows where every side road, campground, mountain, and stream is”. Being social and inviting as she was, most couldn't get out of there without one of her and Jane’s famous sandwiches and drinks. Eventually, the store was sold to Mike and Aurlie Keogh, whom Georgia liked and enjoyed working for also. She retired after 30 years of service.

During this time, Buddy passed at the age of 49. These were tough days to get through but thankfully Georgia had established strong relationships in the community and the support was overwhelming to her and family. She loved everything about the community, especially the people. Eventually, she met and married Melford Schrader in 1989. Long drives, camping, and their dogs, kept them inseparable up to her passing. Winter months were spent mapping out camping trips for the following Summer. Their favorite trips of course were the Hofeldt gatherings in Montana and the Schrader camp-outs closer to home. The stories went on and on! Hosting family holiday gatherings was also a must for Melford and Georgia, who always fed anyone who attended.

Besides Buddy and step-son Danny, those preceding Georgia in death, were her parents, sister Helen, brothers Ed, Roy, and Jack. Survivors include her son Jim(Tammy), grandson Jacob(Samantha), granddaughter April(Tyler), and great grandchildren Elijah, Zeke, Samuel, and Chesney. She is also survived by sisters Julia and Mary.

Private graveside services will follow at a later date and a celebration of Georgia’s life will be held at the American Legion in Cusick on her birthday, June 23.

Sherman-Campbell Funeral and Cremation Services in Newport is in charge of arrangements. Family and friends are invited to sign the online guest book at


Sherman-Campbell Funeral and Cremation Services
PO Box 809 Newport, WA. 99156 
Phone: 509-447-3118 Fax: 509-447-3247

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