Lifelong Rector Resident Demetra Shultz Dies at 95

Thursday, March 23, 2017
Demetra Shultz

Rector-area residents are mourning the loss of Ms. Demetra Shultz. She died Sunday, March 19, at age 95.

A lifelong resident of Rector, over a long period of time she was one of the greatest supporters of the community and the local school.

While interested in all aspects of the community, she was especially known as a champion of the arts.

She was born in Paragould and raised on a dairy farm near Rector. Following graduation from RHS, she took a job as window dresser for Purcell Department Store. As a youngster she also began attending the First United Methodist Church of Rector and maintained her membership throughout her lifetime.

As an adult she was active in the community, and always enjoyed spending time with children. This led to many years of involvement teaching Sunday school, assisting with Vacation Bible School and helping with church plays and children's school musicals and plays.

Shultz was a charter member of the Academy Choice Awards for the Rector High School Drama Department and supporter of all local theatre activities for more than 40 years. In recognition of her contributions, the Clay County Arts Council recognized Shultz and bestowed upon her Arts Council Honors in June of 2013.

"Known as one of Rector's most beloved residents, her support of community events of all kinds has spanned decades," the Arts Council noted in honoring Shultz. At the time she commented that although she never went to college, she was especially happy the CCAC supported Clay County students through its scholarship program as a college degree is more essential today.

In her later years she loved to travel, visiting numerous historical and significant locations across the country. She also enjoyed sewing, knitting, quilting and listening to music -- especially gospel and the singers of the 1940s.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Clovis Ray Shultz, and is survived by two children and a brother. Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Wednesday , March 22, at the First United Methodist Church of Rector. The complete obituary may be found in that section of this website.

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