Von Strauss Remembrance To Be Held Saturday

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Friends and acquaintances of Sharesse von Strauss are invited to a Remembrance of Life at the Museum of Rim Country Archaeology on Main Street from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 17.

Von Strauss, who served for seven years as the Northern Gila County Historical Society's one and only director, died of cancer Oct. 13 in Payson at the age of 50.

One of her greatest accomplishments during her tenure was the creation of the Museum of Rim Country Archaeology, which opened in 2002 in the portion of the Payson Womans Club formerly occupied by the old Payson Public Library. When she stepped down as museum director, von Strauss made a comment that she stood by the rest of her life.

"I hope residents of the Rim Country understand the importance of an educational institution such as the two museums operated by the historical society," she said. "We have after-school programs, we have a library that is open for research, we have accomplished a tremendous amount in seven years."

Prior to moving to Payson from California a little more than 10 years ago, von Strauss was an artists' representative and an art appraiser.

A memorial fund has been set up in von Strauss' name at Wells Fargo Bank benefiting the Archaeology Society's education fund.

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