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Elizabeth Reinhardt Schmidt


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Elizabeth Reinhardt Schmidt

Louisville - Elizabeth Reinhardt Schmidt

Betty was born more than 95 years ago in Clifton Forge, Va. an only child and the 1st C-Section delivery in the local hospital (March 31, 1923)! Her dad owned one of the town's two pharmacies, and after graduating from high school in 1940, she attended Mary Washington College, an all girl's school at the time. Following college, she enrolled in graduate school at the University of Kentucky. It was there that she met a handsome young undergrad, who had just returned from the War, Edward Reinhardt, Jr. Soon after his graduation, they were married, and in 1950 moved into their newly built home in the Highlands. It was in that home that their three sons grew up, Randy, Dana, and Greg. The home was always full of fun and laughter, hosting numerous parties and other social occasions. It was there, too, that Ed passed away, July 3, 1967 after a long battle with cancer.

Betty, now a widow, went back to work as a school teacher at Iroquois High School, and she later completed the masters that she had begun years before, finishing at the University of Louisville. None of her "three boys" (as she was fond of calling them) ever thought that she would remarry. However, almost 22 years ago, she joined her life with a reacquainted old friend, a widower, named Edwin Schmidt. And, they were married in that same home in the Highlands by one of her sons, who is a pastor!

Betty was full of life! She always had an encouraging word for whomever she met. She was devoted to her three sons and loved their spouses and children (all now adults). She had an amazing gift of listening with a hearing heart to your problems and concerns and dispensing remarkably wise advice. She kept up with the sports world, often knowing the results of a football or basketball game, before her family did! Betty, also loved to play cards and showed "no pity" on her sons or grandchildren, always playing to win! I think that everyone who knew her would agree that in the "game of life," she indeed was a winner!

Betty was also a spiritual woman, who had a deep and abiding love for the Lord. She had been a member of Southeast Christian Church since its infancy in a small brick building on Hikes Lane. When she was diagnosed with Stage 4 Pancreatic Cancer, less than a month ago, she said that she would not leave this world until God was ready to take her home! Her homecoming came sooner than her family expected; however, she left peacefully, Tuesday afternoon, June 12, surrounded by family.

Betty is survived by her husband, Ed Schmidt, her three sons: Randy Reinhardt (Linda), Dana Reinhardt (Susan, deceased, 2015), Greg Reinhardt (Luly), her nine grandchildren: Eric Reinhardt (Andrea), Michelle Crouch (Jeremy), Amy, Joy Strom (Justin), Kyle, Amanda Clark (Jeremy), Erin Wiegle (Kurt), Dana, Jr., Libby Ellington (Hunter), and nine great grandchildren. Saturday was her last lucid day, and what a delight to join her in cheering on her horse, Justify, in winning the Triple Crown! Just like her horse, she has finished her race and is now receiving her reward, the gift of eternal life!

Funeral services will be held 11:00 AM Saturday, June 16, at Pearson's 149 Breckenridge Lane with burial to follow at Resthaven Memorial Park. Visitation is 4-8 PM Friday.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the or the KIDS Center for Pediatric Therapies.
Published in The Courier-Journal from June 14 to June 15, 2018
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