Jean Schmidt lived a full life during her 87 years on earth. She was born in Seattle to Peter and Lucy DelMissier and grew up in a large Italian family, forever striving to make her mark as second child among five other strong-minded siblings.
She met Martin Schmidt, a young handsome Army man, on a blind date when she was 16 years old and later married him in 1952 after completing nursing school at Seattle University.
Jean and Martin’s family grew to include five daughters. Raising five girls during the 70s and 80s brought interesting challenges, but through it all, Jean was a loyal, strong and compassionate mother. She was a role model for her daughters, teaching them by example to be adventurous, take risks, stand up for their beliefs and be strong in the face of adversity.
Once the kids were on their own, Jean and Martin moved to Whidbey Island and she had time to explore her own many interests. She enjoyed hiking adventures with close friends, hunting trips with Martin, hosting unique and memorable parties and spending time maintaining their two old beach cabins on Possession Beach, where many family memories were made. She dedicated many volunteer hours to Pregnancy Aid, the South Whidbey Historical Society and her church.
Thanks to the wonderful support and care of Whidbey Health Hospice, Jean was able to leave this world the way she wanted – at home surrounded by her daughters singing to her and expressing their love in every way possible. Jean now joins her husband Martin, her mother, father and brother Fred DelMissier.
She is survived by her five daughters – Sue (and Dennis) Salveson, Diahn Stetner, Tina Schmidt, Monica (and Rick Rogers) and Heidi Erickson; eight grandchildren, Joshua, Peter, Conor , Sarah, Meghan, Jamie, Tyler and Matthew; and nine great-grandchildren, Tory, Carlos, Brianna, Kaia, Julian, Bryce, Soren, Adeline and Rowan. Jean was an amazing, strong, supportive and loving mom, grandma and great-grandma. She will be forever in her family’s memory.
A celebration of Jean’s life will be held from 1-3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 12 at the Holmes Harbor Rod and Gun Club in Langley on Sunday. All those wishing to share memories with family and friends are invited. In honor of Jean, the family asks that acceptance and forgiveness be practiced daily and hugs given freely.