Doris Schmidt

Obituary of Doris Schmidt

DeDe Schmidt died Tuesday, March 1, 2022 peacefully at her home in Richland Hills, TX with her family by her side.DeDe was born on April 19, 1932 in Alexandria, LA, the 5th of 6 children born to Roscoe and Clemmie Grant. She attended high school in Lecompte, LA and worked in medical records for St. Frances Cabrini Hospital.She met a handsome Air Force jet pilot, who was stationed in Alexandria, at a Catholic Youth Organization (CYO) dance. They later married on February 13, 1954 at St. Frances Cabrini Catholic Church. Between the Air Force and American Airlines, they began their life and legacy together which took them many places including San Antonio, Big Spring, Topeka, Wichita Falls, Little Rock, Boston, Plano, back to Wichita Falls and ultimately Ft. Worth (Richland Hills) where they retired.She was creative in so many ways. Her love of flowers, especially irises led to her owning a flower shop which she encouraged the entire family to be involved with. She also enjoyed watercolor painting, reading and writing in her journal. She had beautiful handwriting. It was always a privilege to receive one of her hand-written notes.She enjoyed going to musicals, especially summer shows at Casa Mañana. She loved traveling and took her children on many trips. She encouraged them to take opportunities and explore new things.She was devoted to raising her seven children. She worked tirelessly to create a warm, loving home for her very active and busy household. She often spent time in prayer with her daily devotionals, frequently attending Mass and Bible studies. She loved the fellowships she had with her church friends and often met with them after Mass.She often gave her time volunteering for the church, Meals on Wheels, The Renewal Center and other organizations to help those in need. She had such a giving heart and loving spirit. She generously gave her time to provide a listening ear, advice or spiritual counsel to her family, friends and strangers alike. One summer she was host to a foreign exchange student from Mexico and became friends with the entire family.Her joy for life and beautiful spirit kept her determined to welcome family and friends for visits while pushing through the pain. She absolutely adored visits with all her grandchildren which gave her great comfort when struggling with her health issues. She found great joy in welcoming her great-grandchildren in recent years.DeDe is survived by her husband of 68 years Robert (Bob) Schmidt, 7 children and their spouses – Cindy Schmidt, Tommy and Mary Helen Schmidt, MaryAnne and Tim Cole, Suzanne and Richard Marx, Karen and David Spika, Nancy and Rob Marcoe and Sara Schmidt Bush; 11 grandchildren, Brad and Vanessa Hanlon, Eric Hanlon, Hamilton and Maggie Marx, Allison and Patrick Payne, Garrison Marx, Natalie and Terence Peck, Grant Spika, Hannah Marcoe, Eddie Marcoe, Bailey and Devin Palmer and Emily Bush and 10 great-grandchildren – Mariah Hanlon, Elijah Hanlon, Cory Hanlon, Julian Hanlon, Jeremiah Hanlon, Everett Payne, Brayden Payne, Greyson Payne, Adeline Marx and Maren Marx. She is also survived by her younger sister, Bettye Jean Hawthorne, and numerous Grant and Schmidt family nieces and nephews.She is predeceased by her siblings, Lester Grant, Robert Grant, Margaret Chaya and Monette McKinney.