DEER LODGE - Eva Nadine Shunkwiler died Tuesday morning, Oct. 21, 2003, at the Powell County Medical Center.
She was born April 6, 1926, in Richey, to Lawrence Levengood and Nema (Tucker) Levengood Pfeifer and attended schools in Richey.
Her senior year she worked at Holy Rosary Hospital in Miles City for room and board. This enabled her to take chemistry at Custer County High School and graduate in 1944. In June of that year, she began the United States Student Nurse Cadet Program. This 18-month program required state certification and if necessary, induction into the military. Eva was never drafted, but supervised many departments. She graduated as a registered nurse in June of 1947 from Aberdeen, S.D. She was an RN for 54 years.
Eva married Albert Shunkwiler, Nov. 15, 1947, in Miles City. The couple lived in Miles City, Huntley Project and Deer Lodge. She worked at Holy Rosary Hospital in Miles City, St. Joseph's Hospital and Powell County Memorial Hospital, both in Deer Lodge, and at Warm Springs State Hospital.
Upon her retirement as a working RN, she became an independent certified nursing aide instructor. During her six and one half years, she trained over 200 students for Colonial Manor Nursing Home and the Powell County Medical Center.
In 1972, she had the distinction of being the first woman candidate to run for governor of the State of Montana. Although she was defeated, she was very proud to have run.
Preceding her in death are her parents, husband, father and mother-in-law, Aunt Betty Coe, who was like a sister to her. Survivors: daughter and friend Nadine Shunkwiler and Jim Blanche of Deer Lodge; sons and daughters-in-law, Owen (Lucia) Shunkwiler of Carroll, Iowa, Bill and Kandi Shunkwiler and Loren Shunkwiler, all of Billings; granddaughters Sara of Iowa City, Iowa, and Betsey of Milwaukee, Wis.; stepfather Al Pfeifer; and aunts Helen and Rosalie Pfeifer, all of Billings; brother and sister-in-law Earl and Betty Shunkwiler of Deer Lodge; sisters-in-law, Thelma Stanford, Spokane, Wash., and Wilma Shunkwiler of Aberdeen; numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
Cremation has taken place. Graveside services will be held at a later date at the Huntley Project Cemetery at Huntley Project.
Memorials: Donors choice.
Jewell Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.