On March 15, 2014, God called Machelle Renee Brown Schindler home after her brief life on earth where she brightened the lives of all who know her, touching them with grace, peace, and love. She began her journey as one of God's earth angels on March 5, 1970, to Robert Arlyn and Marceilla Faye Brown in Dodge City, Kansas. She was raised in Bazine, Kansas, and graduated from Bazine High School in 1988. Machelle attended Barton County Community College and Dodge City Community College. She was a certified medication aide and worked as a ward clerk for Hays Medical Center. She took great pride in being a fulltime mother and homemaker.
She married the love of her life Kermit Dean Schindler, Jr., on November 27, 1993, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Plainville, Kansas. After the first time they met, she told her family, "I met the man I'm going to marry." To this marriage were born two beautiful daughters, Faith Noelle and Bethany Renee, who adored their mother and are influenced by her kindness, generosity, compassion, and love for others. She also had a great love for animals and convinced her family to adopt strays and farm animals that needed a loving home. Machelle was a lifetime Denver Broncos fan who also enjoyed NASCAR and cheering her favorite driver, Dale Earnhart, Jr. She loved helping her daughters with their school projects which often included art, design, and creativity, natural for Machelle. Good-natured family rivalry with the Kansas City Chiefs fans in her family, including Kermit and Bethany, made for many exciting football seasons.
Machelle was also a woman of faith who raised her family to know God's love and devotion, and she supported her family's spiritual, academic, and athletic activities in the community. She would organize and plan family trips and adventures making wonderful lifelong memories. Family was always a priority with reunions, dinners, picnics, weddings, football games, and any reason to spend quality time and happy moments. Machelle was a ray of sunshine to others with smiles and caring conversation, welcoming everyone and making plans for fun and memories. She got a "big bang" out of the Fourth of July; Christmas and birthdays were always special occasions with attention to details and perfect gifts for everyone. Sharing music and movies with family and friends made her happy, too, and she could sing along to Fleetwood Mac, Journey, and Walt Disney movie songs. Everyone who spent time with Machelle knew the goodness in her heart and how much joy it brought her to make other people smile. She always wanted others to feel good and not worry. Family and friends knew when she said, "It's ok," that everything really would be okay.
Machelle is survived by her loving family: husband, Kermit, and daughters Faith and Bethany of Plainville; her mother Marceilla Brown of Codell; her brother Ray and wife Tami, of Cheyenne Wells, Colorado; brother Robin and wife Marilyn of Greensburg; her father and mother-in-law Kermit and Barbara Schindler, Sr., of Stockton; sisters-in-law Neva and Kenny Byfield of Stockton; Rena Schindler of Glade; Beverly Wooley of Hutto, Texas; nieces and nephews Tori and Dennis Beek of Greeley, Colorado; Trey Brown of Cheyenne Wells, Colorado; Nikki and Andrew Powell of Pratt; Kodi Brown and fiancé Justin Ellis of Coldwater; Miranda Byfield of Stockton; Nellie Byfield of Stockton; and Athan Schindler of Austin, Texas.
Her aunts and uncles Lupe Brown of Hays; Jean and Henry Winter of Rozell; Myrna (Ike) Kiser of Delphos; Marilyn and Randy Holland of Alton, Illinois; Merle Brown of Chicago, Illinois. She is also survived by many loving extended family, friends, and neighbors as well as many people who never knew her name but were touched by her friendly and kind personality.
She was preceded in death by her father Robert Arlyn Brown; her grandparents Jacob Ralph and Laura Mae Cox Brown; Maurice and Thelma McDaniel Brown; aunts and uncles Louise and Eddie Herl, Janelda and Pat O'Brien, Dwight and Fay Brown, and Donald Brown.
Funeral services will be held at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Plainville, Kansas, Wednesday, March 19, 2014 at 10:30 a.m. Burial will be at Walnut Valley Cemetery near Olmitz at 3:00pm Wednesday. Visitation will be Tuesday 5:00 P.M. until 8:00 P.M. at the Church with a Parish Vigil and Rosary at 7:00 P.M.
Memorials can be made to the Faith & Bethany Schindler Education Fund in care of Plumer-Overlease Funeral Home, 320 SW 2nd, Plainville, KS 67663.