Charlotte Lou Schaefer, age 84, passed away March 29, 2020. Charlotte Lou "Charlou" Ballinger was born in El Paso, Texas in 1935. In 1993 after living 10 years by herself in the house she had built right on the beach in Baja, Mexico just south of Ensenada, she married Frank Schaefer.
Together when Frank retired, they moved into a 40ft motor home, and for the next almost 25 years the traveled the Country as "Work-Campers". They did everything from camp hosts, to working for NASA, to selling pumpkins in October, to working at the Grand Canyon for seven seasons. In 2012 she developed severe COPD and had to live below 6000 ft elevation for health reasons. So they decided to "drop the anchor". They could have chosen anywhere in the Country, but she was in love with Wickenburg, AZ. The used to come here most every winter and had Dr. Firth and then Dr. Lea Way as their family physicians. But about 3 or 4 years ago she began having more medical problems so the got rid of the motor home and moved into an apartment near downtown Wickenburg. She was very happy living here, and occasionally they would slowly four wheel out in the desert. Charlou had a heart of gold, and was the most perfect wife a man could ask for. "How many men could have a wife that would be no further than 20 feet away from them day and night, 365 days a year for 27 years, and still be madly in love". Rest in Peace my love.
Charlou is survived by her husband Frank of Wickenburg and her children: Robyn Herring, Terri Puz and Scot Herring, grandchildren: Evan Herring, Chase Herring, Will Herring, Jason Puz, Jackson Puz, Abe Puz, Gabz Puz and great grandchildren: Abigail Herring & Effie Puz.