Marjorie Lorraine Benson Schmidt, 91, of Lawrence, KS, went home to be with her Lord on Wednesday, October 26, 2016. Margie was born September 29, 1925, in Faribault, MN, the daughter of Benjamin and Effie Crawford Hildebrandt. After her mother’s death at the age of three, she was raised by her Aunt Sarah Wunderlich. Margie often mentioned what a wonderful mother Aunt Sarah was for her.
Margie married Robert L. Benson on April, 29th of 1944 in Oceanside, CA where he was stationed at the time. They later moved to Valley Falls, KS with their two daughters and later to Lawrence, KS. Her husband Bob preceded her in death in 1988. She later married Leon J. Schmidt on August 15, 1992 in Altamonte Springs, FL. He survives of the home. Other survivors include two daughters, Nancy Bradley and husband J.T. and Patti Benson as well as Leon’s family, Steve Schmidt, Mike Schmidt and wife Gail Vessels, Sue Shepard and husband Larry, Kathy Simpson and husband Bill and Jim Schmidt and partner John Burns. Many beloved grand-children, great-grand children, nieces and nephews. Margie was preceded in death by her parents, three sisters and two brothers.
Margie worked briefly as a receptionist for Dr. Clifford Arnold, M.D. and enjoyed her 25 year career as a sales assistant for Curtis 1000. She also enjoyed volunteering for Senior Services in Lawrence and had many roles in her church affiliations at Central Methodist Church in Lawrence as well as the parishes in Florida and Corpus Christi Church locally. However, the true passion in life was her role as wife, mother and grand-mother. She will be remembered for her strong faith, beautiful smile, positive outlook, uplifting letter writing and her zest for life!
Private family inurnment will be held at Memorial Park Cemetery in Lawrence.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in her name to a charity of donor’s choice and may be sent in care of the Warren-McElwain Mortuary.