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Kerry Schmidt

Published on -6/22/2011, 10:05 AM

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Kerry Schmidt, 52, Hays, died Friday, June 10, 2011, at Wesley Medical Center in Wichita.

Kerry was born October 29, 1958, in Seattle, Washington, to Saul Kessler and Elaine (Williams) Kessler.

Kerry moved to Hays in her early 20s to be with her grandparents. She was united in marriage to Larry Schmidt on June 19, 1981, in St. Andrew's Church north of Hays. They owned and operated Schmidt Monument Works in Hays. Her compassion and artwork helped thousands of families honor their loved ones the last 25 years.

Kerry was a light-hearted person who loved spending time with family, friends and her cats. Her many nieces and nephews will always remember the giant cookies she made for them at Christmas and personalized eggs at Easter. Never without a book, she could have filled a library with the titles she consumed. Never missing a Steven King or Ann Rice offering. New to Kansas, she became a K-State fan and added a lot of purple to her wardrobe. Traveling to bowl games, conventions, motorcycle rallies or visiting family and friends was an important part of her life and was always ready for more. She will be missed.

A memorial gathering will be held at 7:00 PM Saturday, June 25, 2011, at Rooftops Restaurant in Hays. A memorial was established with Humane Society of the High Plains. Contributions and condolences may be sent in care of Pohlman-Varner-Peeler Mortuary of Russell, who is in charge of these arrangements.

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