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Hazle Schmidt closed the book of her life on Thursday evening, April 17, 2014, following a long, challenging struggle with COPD. Her story began on January 25, 1925 in West Liberty, IA. Her parents, Leslie and Bertha Steen had two children, Hazle and her younger brother, Charles. She married Roger Schmidt on the very day she graduated from college in 1947. They had two children, Steven Schmidt and Marsha Skaggs. She worked for many years as an executive secretary for the district office of Safeway Grocery Stores. She is survived by Marsha and Doug Skaggs; Steve and Anne Schmidt; grandchildren: Christian, Michael and Eric Schmidt; brother, Charles Steen; nieces, nephews and many other loving family and friends. Hazle will be remembered as a loving and devoted mother, friend, and advocate who was quite a force of nature, having been nicknamed "Sarge" early on and it stuck—for a reason! She loved animals and passionately believed in supporting animal welfare and rescue groups. She sorely missed her "auburn" Golden Retriever, Sammy, who preceded her in death. Having many hobbies and interests, she enjoyed sewing both clothing and crafts, and would knit dozens upon dozens of slippers for friends and family as well as an abused women's shelter. A baker, we will miss her homemade treats, like lemon pudding cake and cinnamon rolls. She loved music and played the organ beautifully. Never one to feel sorry for herself, two of her favorite sayings were, "Well, just pull up your socks and get on with it!" and "Don't get your kickers in a twist!" She was intelligent, witty, and artistic, an avid reader of all types of books, enjoyed travel, and especially loved to meet new people and strike up a conversation. She could talk to anyone. She thought people in all walks of life were fascinating—she did not realize she was the fascinating one! Hazle, mom, grandma, sister; you had a tremendous, positive impact on everyone whose lives you touched, and we will miss you terribly. A private family service will take place at a later time. Memorial contributions may be made to: C.A.R.E. (Castaway Animal Rescue Effort) at 1328-A W. Sunshine St, Springfield, MO 65807.
Walnut Lawn Funeral Home
2001 W. Walnut Lawn St Springfield, MO 65807
Published in the News-Leader on Apr. 21, 2014