Patty Lyn Schmidt (1939 - 2018)

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Our hearts are broken as we mourn the loss of our beloved mother, wife and best friend Patty Lyn (Lacy) Schmidt. Patty left us on May 9th, 2018 in Grand Coulee at the age of 78, surrounded by family.

Patty was born in Dennison, TX on July 12th, 1939 to Pat & Ruth Lacy. After a brief stint in Georgia, Pat and Ruth moved to Kennewick, WA in 1955, where Patty met the love of her life, Mervin Schmidt.

Patty and Merv were married on September 14th, 1957. They lived in the Tri-Cities during their first year of marriage where they welcomed their first child (Marc) on August 20th, 1958.

In 1961, they moved from Kennewick to Spokane where Merv started working for the Standard Oil Co. They welcomed their second child (Shannon) on October 8th, 1962.

In 1990 Merv and Patty began another stage in their lives by adding a Mini-Mart to the Chevron business, where Patty became known as simply, “Mini-Mart Momma”. She was loved for many things, but her quick smile and contagious upbeat attitude always made you feel special and welcomed, regardless if you had just met her that day or had known her for a lifetime. She retired from the Mini-Mart in 1999.

Patty was a vibrant, lively and beautiful lady inside and out. She was dedicated to her family, her husband and to life. Patty was preceded in death by her parents Byron (Pat) and Ruth Lacy, brothers Byron “Mike” Lacy and Charles “Tim” Lacy and grandson Nathan Schmidt. She is survived by her husband, best friend and companion of 60 years Mervin Schmidt; a daughter Shannon (Ray) Burge of Grand Coulee; a son Marc (Yvonne) Schmidt of Portland, Ore.; grandsons Justin (Shawn Priest) Schmidt of Grand Coulee; Brandon (Whitney) Schmidt of Grand Coulee; Damon (Akana Shiba) Schmidt of Okinawa, Japan and great-grandsons Everett Schmidt (Grand Coulee); Gavin Schmidt (Mountain Home MT); and Colin Schmidt (Grand Coulee). She was a “Sister” to many and “Momma” to more. We were the fortunate ones to be able to call her Ours.

Per Patty’s wishes there will be no service. Patty wanted her life to be celebrated just as she welcomed it every morning with open arms and a smile. Family, friends and others whose lives Patty touched are welcome to join us for a celebration of life during an open house at 1112 Tilmus, Coulee Dam WA from 1pm – 4pm on July 21st, 2018.
Published in Spokesman-Review from May 16 to May 22, 2018