Patricia A. ‘Pat’ Schmidt

Patricia A. “Pat” Schmidt, 85, Hays, died Friday, August 28, 2015 at her home in Hays.

She was born August 30, 1929 in Oklahoma City the daughter of Charles and Sylvia (Winters) Everton. At age 6, Pat’s family moved to Kinsley, KS where she lived until graduating from high school in 1947. In the fall of 1947 she enrolled in college at Fort Hays State, where she met Bob. They were married in LaCrosse, KS on December 28, 1949. Pat’s interests and activities have centered on family, community, and the arts. She has twice served as President of the Hays Arts Council and was appointed by the Governor to serve on the Board of Directors of the Association of Arts Councils of Kansas. She was a graduate of Leadership Hays Class of 1995. She was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church, was President of local school PTA’s, served on the Hays Beautification Committee, and for several years was Chairman of the Crafters Group of volunteer workers at Hays Medical Center.

Pat received the “Point of Life” award from Thomas More Prep – Marian High School in 2008. With a special interest in the development of downtown Hays, she gave generously to the Downtown Hays Development Association, The Hays Arts Council, Ellis County Historical Society, Fort Hays State University, Hays Medical Center, St. Joseph Catholic Church, TMP – Marian, and other related entities in neighboring communities.

Survivors include her husband, Robert E. Schmidt of their home, a son Anthony Schmidt and wife Loreta of Lawrence, KS and their four children Andrew, Lexie, Zach, and Olivia, two daughters; Ann Onymous of Lewiston, ID and Sue K. Schmidt of Boynton Beach, FL, an Aunt, Mrs. Kenneth Dupree of Kinsley, KS, a niece Kim Brown and a nephew Scott Everton.

She was preceded in death by her parents and her brother, Jack Everton.

Funeral services will be at 10:30 am on Wednesday, September 2, 2015 at the St. Joseph Catholic Church, 215 W. 13th. Private family burial will take place at their Sweetwater Ranch in Ellis County at a later date. The family will receive friends from 5:00 until 8:00 pm on Tuesday and from 9:30 am until 10:15 on Wednesday, all at the Hays Memorial Chapel Funeral Home, 1906 Pine. A parish vigil service will be at 7:00 pm on Tuesday at the funeral home. Memorials are suggested to The Hays Arts Council, TMP–Marian High School, or to Hospice of Hays Medical Center, in care of the funeral home. Condolences may be left for the family at www.haysmemorial.com.