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Geraldine Schmidt


1926 - 2015 Obituary Condolences
Geraldine Schmidt Obituary
Geraldine Schmidt went to be with the Lord on May 30, 2015 at the age of 88 in her Bakersfield home. She was surrounded by family who cared for her during her brief battle with cancer. She was born to Frank and Ollie Rainwater in Lequire, Oklahoma on June 12, 1926. She was the fifth of six children who were raised in Hatch, New Mexico.
She worked in the fields throughout her late teen years and met her future husband, Charlie Shelton, there. Together they had two sons, Charles Dean and Tommie Gene. In 1947, they packed up the family and moved to Weedpatch, CA where they lived at a government camp in a tin cabin for Dust Bowl Refugees. After years of working in the fields together, Charlie and Geraldine built a home and opened a grocery store that they ran together for many years. They then added a daughter to the family, Linda Gale. The family moved to Lamont where Geraldine worked in a dress shop and later worked for Leaf Vibe Grocery as a checker for 17 years.
In 1974, Geraldine met and married Frank Schmidt and became a housewife. Together, Frank and Geraldine helped to raise four grandchildren, Michael, Robert, Al, and Tennille, whom she loved very much. In 2000, Geraldine lost her dear love, Frank Schmidt. She continued to keep herself busy playing Bunco with girlfriends, baking for family and watching Lakers games with her grandson Robert (Go Kobe Bryant!). In 2006, Geraldine moved to a new area of Bakersfield where she quickly befriended Denise Woods and maintained a close friendship with Anna Sue Johns. Geraldine spent her golden years surrounded by loving family and friends that visited her daily.
Geraldine, a.k.a. "Granny" was the strongest and hardest working woman and was known for her unique sense of humor. She was the best "Granny" and will truly be missed.
Geraldine was preceded in death by her parents, husband, Frank, son, Charles, daughter, Linda, grandson, Michael and four of her siblings.
She is survived by her son, Tommie Shelton (Diane), step-son, Jake Schmidt (Lavonne), sister, Donnie Johns, grandchildren, Al Martinez (Angie), Robert Martinez (Shiree), Tennille Salcido, Liz Graham (Greg), Carrie Shelton, Mandie Perez (Mario), Tommie Jr. Shelton (Kristine), Kim Shelton and Keith Shelton and numerous great-grandchildren.
"The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.
He makes me lie down in green pastures; He leads me beside the still waters.
He restores my soul; He leads me in the paths of righteousness."
Psalms 23:1-3
Services with be held at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, June 05, 2015 Greenlawn Funeral Home, Southwest 2739 Panama Lane Bakersfield, CA 93313
Published in Bakersfield Californian on June 3, 2015
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