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Elizabeth Josephine "Betty Jo" (Knight) Schmidt

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Birth Date: December 9, 1921
Death Date: June 25, 2014
Age at Death: 92

Marriages

Glen Schmidt - July 25, 1943
in Strasburg, Colorado.

Burial Details

Cemetery Name: Cedar Hill Cemetery
Cemetery Location: Gypsum, Colorado
Mortuary Name: Taylor Funeral Service and Crematory

Obituaries

Free Enterprise page 10 - July 10, 2014
Same as Taylor Funeral Service
Grand Junction Daily Sentinel page page 6A Obituary - July 1, 2014
Delta County resident, Betty Jo
Schmidt, passed away peacefully
on Wednesday, June 25, 2014, at
the Paonia Care and Rehab Center.
She was 92.
A celebration of life service will
be held at 2:00 p.m., Wednesday,
July 2, 2014, at the Taylor Funeral
Service Chapel in Cedaredge.
Inurnment will take place at the
Gypsum Cemetery at a later date.
Elizabeth Josephine Knight was born on December 9, 1921, in Taswell,
Indiana. Her father wanted her to have the name of two queens.
But, they never called her by either of her “queenly” names; instead,
they called her Betty Jo.
Her father, Thomas Knight, taught her to “give a day’s work for a
day’s pay,” and to take pride in her work. Her mother, Sophie Knight,
taught her to “dream and to dare”—to have an imagination and the
courage to use it.
Young Betty Jo also had a brother named Don, and a sister named
Perlita.
Betty Jo’s father was a miner, and the family moved several times: to
Webb City, Missouri; Wolf Park, Colorado; Gilman; Madden Dam, in
Panama; Canon City; Cross Roads and Camdenton, MO. She graduated
from high school at Red Cliff, Colorado. Betty Jo was a teenager
during the Depression, but she said that the family was happy, despite
of the hard times, and they never felt poor. They worked at whatever
jobs they could find, and followed their dreams. Betty Jo’s dream was
to be a teacher and a writer.
Betty Jo’s mother was a teacher, and education was important to the
family. Mom made sure that all three kids had a chance at college.
Betty Jo went to Western State in Gunnison, and earned a teaching certificate.
She taught at a country school and then started nurse’s training.
In 1941, Betty Jo met Glen Schmidt, a young farmer from Strasburg,
who was in the Army with her brother, Don. Betty Jo later wrote that
she liked Glen because he loved country living, looked handsome in his
uniform, and was her brother’s best friend. The couple dated for about
two years, when Glen could get leave from the Army. Glen finally proposed
while they were together at the Denver Stock Show. Glen had
decided that he would ask her to marry him if she petted the animals
at the Stock Show….she did. He proposed; she accepted. Betty Jo sold
her saddle horse to pay for the wedding gown, and they were married
July 25, 1943, in Strasburg, Colorado.
At first, the couple lived in Minturn, Colorado, then Wenatchee, Washington.
While they were in Washington, in 1945, their son, Jack, was
born. After Glen was out of the service, they returned to Strasburg,
where Glen worked with his father and brother, raising wheat, pinto
beans, and sheep. In 1948, their daughter, Kathy, was born. Betty Jo,
and both of the children, were whole-heartedly involved in the farm
work. The years flew by, filled with farm work, 4H, FFA, sports, and
music.
In 1963, the Schmidt’s moved to Gypsum, where they bought a cattle
ranch. They were there until 1988. They were active in the community
in many ways.
In 1988, they moved to Ava, Missouri, and made many friends there.
In 1993, they retired to Grand Junction, Colorado. Then in 1996, they
moved to Cedaredge. Betty Jo cared deeply for her family and friends,
and loved to give a helping hand. She loved corresponding with family
and friends, and regularly wrote letters to loved ones.
Betty is survived by her son, Jack Schmidt of Cedaredge; four grandchildren,
three great-grandchildren, and eight nieces and nephews.
Betty was preceded in death by her daughter; her husband, and her
brother and sister.
In lieu of flowers, please send donations to one of the following organizations:
HopeWest Hospice, P.O. Box 24, Delta, CO 81416, or to
American Stewards of Liberty, P.O. Box 1190, Taylor, TX 76574.
Arrangements are under the care and direction of Taylor Funeral Service
and Crematory.
View the internet obituary and sign the online guest registry at taylorfuneralservice.
com.
Grand Junction Daily Sentinel page page 6A Obituary - July 1, 2014
Delta County resident, Betty Jo
Schmidt, passed away peacefully
on Wednesday, June 25, 2014, at
the Paonia Care and Rehab Center.
She was 92.
A celebration of life service will
be held at 2:00 p.m., Wednesday,
July 2, 2014, at the Taylor Funeral
Service Chapel in Cedaredge.
Inurnment will take place at the
Gypsum Cemetery at a later date.
Elizabeth Josephine Knight was born on December 9, 1921, in Taswell,
Indiana. Her father wanted her to have the name of two queens.
But, they never called her by either of her “queenly” names; instead,
they called her Betty Jo.
Her father, Thomas Knight, taught her to “give a day’s work for a
day’s pay,” and to take pride in her work. Her mother, Sophie Knight,
taught her to “dream and to dare”—to have an imagination and the
courage to use it.
Young Betty Jo also had a brother named Don, and a sister named
Perlita.
Betty Jo’s father was a miner, and the family moved several times: to
Webb City, Missouri; Wolf Park, Colorado; Gilman; Madden Dam, in
Panama; Canon City; Cross Roads and Camdenton, MO. She graduated
from high school at Red Cliff, Colorado. Betty Jo was a teenager
during the Depression, but she said that the family was happy, despite
of the hard times, and they never felt poor. They worked at whatever
jobs they could find, and followed their dreams. Betty Jo’s dream was
to be a teacher and a writer.
Betty Jo’s mother was a teacher, and education was important to the
family. Mom made sure that all three kids had a chance at college.
Betty Jo went to Western State in Gunnison, and earned a teaching certificate.
She taught at a country school and then started nurse’s training.
In 1941, Betty Jo met Glen Schmidt, a young farmer from Strasburg,
who was in the Army with her brother, Don. Betty Jo later wrote that
she liked Glen because he loved country living, looked handsome in his
uniform, and was her brother’s best friend. The couple dated for about
two years, when Glen could get leave from the Army. Glen finally proposed
while they were together at the Denver Stock Show. Glen had
decided that he would ask her to marry him if she petted the animals
at the Stock Show….she did. He proposed; she accepted. Betty Jo sold
her saddle horse to pay for the wedding gown, and they were married
July 25, 1943, in Strasburg, Colorado.
At first, the couple lived in Minturn, Colorado, then Wenatchee, Washington.
While they were in Washington, in 1945, their son, Jack, was
born. After Glen was out of the service, they returned to Strasburg,
where Glen worked with his father and brother, raising wheat, pinto
beans, and sheep. In 1948, their daughter, Kathy, was born. Betty Jo,
and both of the children, were whole-heartedly involved in the farm
work. The years flew by, filled with farm work, 4H, FFA, sports, and
music.
In 1963, the Schmidt’s moved to Gypsum, where they bought a cattle
ranch. They were there until 1988. They were active in the community
in many ways.
In 1988, they moved to Ava, Missouri, and made many friends there.
In 1993, they retired to Grand Junction, Colorado. Then in 1996, they
moved to Cedaredge. Betty Jo cared deeply for her family and friends,
and loved to give a helping hand. She loved corresponding with family
and friends, and regularly wrote letters to loved ones.
Betty is survived by her son, Jack Schmidt of Cedaredge; four grandchildren,
three great-grandchildren, and eight nieces and nephews.
Betty was preceded in death by her daughter; her husband, and her
brother and sister.
In lieu of flowers, please send donations to one of the following organizations:
HopeWest Hospice, P.O. Box 24, Delta, CO 81416, or to
American Stewards of Liberty, P.O. Box 1190, Taylor, TX 76574.
Arrangements are under the care and direction of Taylor Funeral Service
and Crematory.
View the internet obituary and sign the online guest registry at taylorfuneralservice.
com.
Taylor Funeral Service
Delta County resident, Betty Jo Schmidt, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, June 25, 2014, at the Paonia Care and Rehab Center. She was 92.

Elizabeth Josephine Knight was born on December 9, 1921, in Taswell, Indiana. Her father wanted her to have the name of two queens. But, they never called her by either of her “queenly” names; instead, they called her Betty Jo.

Her father, Thomas Knight, taught her to “give a day’s work for a day’s pay,” and to take pride in her work. Her mother, Sophie Knight, taught her to “dream and to dare”—to have an imagination and the courage to use it.

Young Betty Jo also had a brother, named Don, and a sister named Perlita.

Betty Jo’s father was a miner, and the family moved several times: to Webb City, Missouri; Wolf Park, Colorado; Gilman; Madden Dam, in Panama; Canon City; Cross Roads and Camdenton, MO. She graduated from high school at Red Cliff, Colorado. Betty Jo was a teenager during the Depression, but she said that the family was happy, despite of the hard times, and they never felt poor. They worked at whatever jobs they could find, and followed their dreams. Betty Jo’s dream was to be a teacher and a writer.

Betty Jo’s mother was a teacher, and education was important to the family. Mom made sure that all three kids had a chance at college. Betty Jo went to Western State in Gunnison, and earned a teaching certificate. She taught at a country school and then started nurse’s training.

In 1941, Betty Jo met Glen Schmidt, a young farmer from Strasburg, who was in the army with her brother, Don. Betty Jo later wrote that she liked Glen because he loved country living, looked handsome in his uniform, and was her brother’s best friend. The couple dated for about two years, when Glen could get leave from the army. Glen finally proposed while they were together at the Denver Stock Show. Glen had decided that he would ask her to marry him if she petted the animals at the Stock Show….She did. He proposed; she accepted. Betty Jo sold her saddle horse to pay for the wedding gown, and they were married July 25, 1943, in Strasburg, Colorado.

At first, the couple lived in Minturn, Colorado, then Wenatchee, Washington. While they were in Washington, in 1945, their son, Jack, was born. After Glen was out of the service, they returned to Strasburg, where Glen worked with his father and brother, raising wheat, pinto beans, and sheep. In 1948, their daughter, Kathy, was born. Betty Jo, and both of the children, were whole-heartedly involved in the farm work. The years flew by, filled with farm work, 4H, FFA, sports, and music.

In 1963, the Schmidt’s moved to Gypsum, where they bought a cattle ranch. They were there until 1988. They were active in the community in many ways.

In 1988, they moved to Ava, Missouri, and made many friends there.

In 1993, they retired to Grand Junction, Colorado. Then in 1996, they moved to Cedaredge. Betty Jo cared deeply for her family and friends, and loved to give a helping hand. She loved corresponding with family and friends, and regularly wrote letters to loved ones.
Betty is survived by her son, Jack Schmidt, of Cedaredge, four grandchildren, three great grandchildren, and eight nieces and nephews.

Betty was preceded in death by her daughter, her husband, and her brother and sister.
A celebration of life service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Wednesday, July 2, 2014, at the Taylor Funeral Service Chapel in Cedaredge. Inurnment will take place at the Gypsum Cemetery at a later date.

Arrangements are under the care and direction of Taylor Funeral Service and Crematory.

View the internet obituary and sign the online guest registry at taylorfuneralservice.com.
Vail Daily page A12 - July 5, 2014
Betty Jo Schmidt, 1921-2014.
Betty Jo Schmidt passed away on June 25.

She was preceded in death by her daughter, her husband, her brother and her sister. She is survived by her son Jack Schmidt, of Cedaredge; four grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and eight nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held July 12 at First Baptist Church of Gypsum, 900 Second St. Fellowship for friends and relatives will begin at 1:30 p.m. The memorial service will be at 2 p.m. with a meal and more fellowship time to follow.

Memorial contributions can be made to Hope West, Hospice of Delta County, P.O. Box 24, Delta, CO 81416.

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