© The Bakersfield Californian
Wednesday, 13 May 2009
Martha Jean [Scherling] Schmidt
Martha Schmidt was born on February 6, 1912 in Beaver, Oklahoma and passed away on Sunday, May 10, 2009, at the age of 97.
She was the daughter of Jacob and Anna Scherling, the fourth of eleven children.
She married David D. Schmidt on May 10, 1931, and they had three children, Sonny, Alberta Mae, and Barbara June.
Dave and Martha were married for 43 wonderful years before he passed away in 1974.
In 1937, due to the Oklahoma Dust Bowl, the family moved to Shafter. In 1945, Dave and Martha moved to Rosedale, where Dave owned and operated a Mobil gas station at the corner of Rosedale Highway and Allen Road, and Martha was a homemaker.
In 1953, she attended Massage School to become a masseuse and opened her own business in their home in 1954. A few years later, she went to Beauty School and added a beauty shop to her massage business, creating Martha's Health & Beauty. Martha worked as a masseuse and beautician until she retired in 2001 at the age of 89.
Martha loved life. She loved to sew and cook wonderful meals for her family. She loved fashion and always kept pace with contemporary styles.
Her friends and family can all testify that because of her sense of humor and bright personality, time spent with Martha would always guarantee lots of fun, laughs and good times.
Martha loved the Lord and served Him faithfully. She taught many Sunday School classes for all ages at Rosedale Bible Church.
She was preceded in death by her husband and all three of her children, so we can only imagine the celebration that took place in heaven when she joined them on May 10th - her wedding anniversary and Mother's Day. She was also preceded in death by her great grandson, Marvin Ross Sprayberry III.
Martha is survived by her son-in-law, Lawrence Elrich and wife, Fern; and four grandchildren, Caryn Funkhouser and husband, Tom; Curt Elrich and wife, Susan; Colette Krause and husband, Dan; Charis Eyraud and husband, Eric; ten great grandchildren, Jason, Shawn and Arryn Sprayberry; Andrew, Layne (Bettis) and Mike Krause; Crystal Arredondo, Amy and Alyssa Pecarovich; Ashlyn and Mallory Eyraud; and three great great grandchildren, Roly Sprayberry, Emma Sprayberry and Avery Krause. She is also survived by siblings, Bill Goertzen, Henry Goertzen and Esther Smith. These are her blood relatives, but she was really everyone's "Grandma Schmidt".
Visitation will be held at Peters Funeral Home in Shafter on Wednesday, May 13th from 2:00-8:00 p.m. Graveside service will be on Thursday, May 14th at 10:00 a.m., Shafter Cemetery.
Please sign Martha's guest book at www.goldenvalleymemorialcare.com
Martha Jean [Scherling] Schmidt, Feb. 6, 1912 ~ May 10, 2009
Peters Funeral Home
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