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Aileen Joyce (Elliott) Schmidt


1921 - 2015 Obituary Condolences
Aileen Joyce (Elliott) Schmidt Obituary
Aileen Joyce Schmidt was born in Concordia, Kansas on July 29, 1921 to
Walter and Lillian (Horkman) Elliott. She was the second of three
children, a sister Maxine who was the oldest and a younger brother,
John. Her early childhood years were spent in Eastern Kansas where
her father was employed by Conoco Oil Company as a delivery truck
driver. Later her family moved to Lester, Kansas residing in a
one-room sod house for several years until moving to DeNova, Colorado
when Aileen was 10 years old. They lived there while the girls
attended school at High Plains. Aileen graduated from High Plains
High School in 1939. During that summer she worked helping her dad
herding cattle on open range riding her horse. She then moved to
Sterling and worked for a family doing babysitting, cooking, and
household jobs in exchange for her room and board plus $3.00 a week.
She later got a job working for Montgomery Ward selling furniture. In
March, 1940 Aileen married Maurice Knudson. In 1943, they had a son,
Albert. They divorced a few years later.
Aileen moved back to Akron and began working at Odell's Café for Pop
and Pearl Odell. Aileen met Earl J. Schmidt and they were married on
May 29, 1946. Earl and Aileen resided on a ranch south-west of Akron.
At that time she cooked using a camp stove. The house was without
running water or electricity and they utilized wooden boxes for
kitchen cupboards. As time went by, they were able to furnish their
home and Earl built kitchen cupboards for Aileen. He was able to set
up a wind-charger which provided enough electricity for two light
bulbs. On May 22, 1951, a daughter, Peggy Lee was born. By that time
they had an indoor bathroom and running water. Later they were able
to build-on making a nice-sized home. Albert and Peggy attended
Hillside Country School. In 1957 the family bought a house in Akron
but continued to farm and ranch. In 1980, Earl and Aileen built a
home on 285 Gum where she was able to reside the remainder of her
life.
Aileen loved being a mother and homemaker. She took great pride in
taking care of her family. Aileen enjoyed gardening, sewing,
crocheting, canning, raising chickens, and she even won a blue ribbon
at the fair for her cherry pie. She also enjoyed being a member of
the Home Demonstration Club, having company, and going to church with
her family. Aileen always volunteered to help Scotty Odell cook
holiday meals at the school and loved being a room mother for Peggy's
school parties. She even saved the day by sponsoring Peggy's senior
sneak trip which was almost cancelled due to a teacher refusing to go.
In later years, Aileen enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren
and always had cookies and other goodies to offer them even if
dinner-time was near. She passed away on August 27, 2015 at Grace
Pointe in Greeley, Colorado and will be deeply missed.
Aileen was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Earl, sister
Maxine Heater, and brother John Elliott. She is survived by her son
Albert and wife Donna Joan of Loveland; their children Paige and
Karen, three great-grandchildren and two great-great grandchildren;
her daughter, Peggy and husband Monte Willeke of Akron, children Corey
Traxler and wife Teresa; daughter Lori and husband Todd Annand; Meghan
and Drew Willeke; great grandchildren Kaylee and Justin Traxler;
Hayden and Kacyn Annand; several nieces and nephews; other relatives
and friends.
A funeral service was held on Monday, August 31, 2015 at the First
Presbyterian Church of Akron. Interment was held at the Akron
Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to the First Presbyterian
Church of Akron.
Published in Akron News-Reporter on Sept. 2, 2015
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