Betty J. Schmidt, 81, Hays, died Friday, March 2, 2018, at Hays Medical Center.

She was born June 25, 1936, in Victoria to Balthasar P. and Elizabeth (Graf) Dreiling.

She married Vernon F. Schmidt on Aug. 24, 1957, in Victoria. He preceded her in death April 8, 2017. She was a home day care provider for more than 40 years and a homemaker.

She was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church, Hays.

She was an avid KU basketball fan, enjoyed traveling and took great pride in her yard work.

Survivors include a son, Tim Schmidt and wife, Linda, Wichita; three daughters, Cyndy Dreiling and husband, Tony, Hays, Sandy Fields, Overland Park, and Lisa Koppes and husband, Brian, Lawrence; a brother, Vince Dreiling, Hays; two brothers-in-law, Dean Davis, Emporia, and Edwin “Eddy” Brungardt, Hays; a sister-in-law, Dee Dreiling, Hays; 11 grandchildren; and five great- grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents; a grandson, Jordan Fields; five brothers, Fridolin, Bill, Sylvester, Robert and Francis Dreiling; and four sisters, Alfreda Grabbe and husband, Matt, Seraphina Davis, Caroline Schmidt and husband, George, and Theresa Brungardt.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Monday at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Hays; burial in St. Joseph Cemetery, Hays.

Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Sunday and from 8:30 to 9:45 a.m. Monday, both at Cline’s-Keithley Mortuary, 1919 E. 22nd, Hays, KS 67601.

A vigil will be at 7 p.m. Sunday at the mortuary.

Memorials are suggested to St. Joseph Catholic Church Rectory Project in care of the mortuary.

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