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Diann Schmidt died on July 18, 2016, in Laramie, Wyoming, with family by her side. She died from complications following emergency surgery. Diann was born in Perkins, Oklahoma, in 1940, and her childhood years were spent in Oklahoma, California, Texas, and New Mexico. She graduated high school in Albuquerque.
Diann spent a year in nursing school at Los Angles County General in California before returning to Albuquerque to marry her high school sweetheart, R.A. (Ralph) Schmidt Jr. in 1959. Diann and R.A. moved to Fort Collins, Colorado, where R.A. completed his graduate degree and where their two children (David Scott and Dawn Jeannine) were born and raised. They lived in Fort Collins for the next forty years, during which time Diann worked in a quilting store and a greenhouse to help put Scott and Dawn through college. Her greatest accomplishment was creating a warm and loving home, and helping Dawn raise her son, David Gavin Schmidt. After retirement in 1999, Diann and R.A. moved to Bozeman, Montana, to be closer to their son Scott.
In addition to her passion for her family, Diann loved gardening, sewing, quilting, and training Labrador retrievers. She also had a beautiful soprano voice and sang in the Fort Collins chorus. She was an avid skier for many years and helped teach her children to ski when they were about two years old. Diann was a gifted seamstress. She made her family countless outdoor garments, adorned with her personal label "Mamma Schmidty". As a very creative quilter, she enjoyed teaching the art to others. She was an active member of the "Brackett Creek Sew and Sews" quilting group and the Brackett Creek Women's Group". She loved her Labradors, and her dogs were often successful in obedience trials.
Diann took great pride in her beautiful flower boxes that grace the front deck of their Brackett Creek home. She also loved to observe the wildlife that shared her home, from the deer, elk, moose, mountain lions, and coyotes, to the hummingbirds, song birds, and the wild turkeys that raised their young in her yard.
She was involved in each school her children and grandson attended, taking special pride in working with Title I reading programs.
Above all, Diann was kind, and taught kindness by example.
She will be greatly missed by all who had the privilege of knowing her.
Diann is survived by her husband R.A., her son Scott Schmidt (Fay Johnson) of Bozeman, Montana; daughter Dawn Schmidt of Riverton, Wyoming; grandson David Schmidt of Bozeman, Montana; sister Jackie of Oklahoma.
A celebration of Diann's life will be held at the Deer Park Chalet of Bridger Bowl Ski Area at 1 p.m. on Sept. 13, 2016. She wished to have her ashes scattered by her family among the wild flowers in a special meadow below Fairy Lake in the Bridger Mountains of Montana.
Published in Bozeman Daily Chronicle on Aug. 12, 2016