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Mary Schmidt

April 2, 1918 — December 5, 2016

Mary Frances Schmidt, 98, went to her Heavenly home on Monday, December 5, 2016. Funeral Services will be held at 10 o'clock in the morning on Saturday, December 10, 2016 at Morrison Memorial Chapel in Dumas. Family visitation will be at the funeral home from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm on Friday. Arrangements are entrusted to Morrison Funeral Directors. She was born in Okmulgee, Oklahoma on April 2, 1918 to William Everett (W.E.) and Frances Hurd Sharp. The eldest daughter of eight children, Mary was a great help to her mother with household chores and caring for her brothers and sisters. Mary fell in love with Joe Schmidt and they were married in November of 1932. They relocated from Oklahoma to the Phillips 66 community of Cactus, Texas in 1950 and then moved to Dumas in 1965. Mary and Joe were blessed with two children, Joe Max and Marilyn. They enjoyed gardening and canning, watching baseball, playing cards and board games, and visiting family. For years, they spent time with relatives at a lake resort in Minnesota and were avid fishermen. Mary was a talented seamstress and an amazing cook and baker. Nothing compared to her home cooked meals and desserts which were enjoyed by family and friends. For many decades, Mary worked in jewelry, clothing and shoe shops in downtown Dumas. A devoted Christian, Mary was very active in church. She was a member of First Baptist Church in Dumas, teaching Sunday School and serving as a pianist. She also played piano in the Dumas community "for the old people" until she was in her 90's. When Joe's health began failing, Mary was his constant companion and read him books, mostly westerns. Joe passed away in 1996. Mary was able to live independently at home until the age of 93 at which time she moved to Great Plains Nursing and Rehab. She was preceded in death by her parents and husband Joe; brothers Charles, Warren, August, Robert and Farland Sharp; sister Lois Grosso; sisters-in-law Helen, Olive and Clara Sharp; brothers-in-law Nathaniel McConachie and Leo Grosso; son Joe Max Schmidt; and great grandson, Bryan Siebe. Survivors include her sister Norma McConachie of Perham Minnesota, sisters-in-law Lea Sharp of Morris Illinois and Cordia Sharp of Okmulgee Oklahoma; daughter Marilyn (Jess) Turner of Cypress Texas; daughter-in-law Bobbie Schmidt of Beaver Oklahoma; granddaughters Janet Goebel (Ron Ali) of Indiana Pennsylvania, Marta Jorgensen of Sebastopol California, Cindy (Ed) Thomas of Laverne Oklahoma, Linda (Scott) Kinsey of Beaver Oklahoma, Patricia (Mike) Call of Norman Oklahoma, Susan Schmidt of Beaver Oklahoma, Lori (Lynn) Freese of Scott City Kansas, and Juli (Troy) Anderson of Vass North Carolina; and grandson Steven (Michelle) Schmidt of Grandbury Texas. great granddaughters Elisabeth Ali, Tiffanie Fordyce, Ashley Picache, Hope McGuire, Sarah Kinsey, Kristen Martinez, Lesley Skinner, and Brianna Anderson; great grandsons Brett Scheiding, Trey Thomas, Chase Thomas, Luke Kinsey, Andrew Call, Adam Call, Jared Hall, Logan Freese, Lane Freese, and Joseph Schmidt; great great grandchildren Laney, Brooks, Phoenix, Miles, Connor, Ryder, Brooklyn, Braylon, Ryce, Brodie, Hayes, Grace and Anna; and many beloved nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends. In lieu of flowers the family suggests memorials be to a favorite charity.
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