Doris Jean (Thomas) Schmidt was born May 24, 1930, in Baltimore, Maryland, the ninth child of Stephen James and Lillian Elizabeth (Rode) Thomas’s 10 children.
She graduated from Kenwood High with training in secretarial studies, and began work in that field. She met her sweetheart, Irvin John Schmidt on July 4, 1949 and they married on March 25, 1951. They celebrated 70 years together this spring. Irv and Doris were blessed with four children, 11 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren with one more on the way.
Doris worked tirelessly over her lifetime as both a secretary and a teacher’s aide, and a loving and faithful wife and mother. She also served as a Sunday School teacher, deaconess, Pioneer Girl pal, and on the missions committee at her church. At home she taught Good News Club to the neighborhood kids every Friday.
Doris will be remembered by all who knew her as a patient, gentle, humble and giving person who dearly loved her family and her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. She was preceded in death by her daughter, Karen Cruikshank, and is survived by her husband, Irvin, daughter Ruth (Richard) Hilbert, son-in-law Donald Cruikshank, son Neil (Terri) Schmidt, daughter Christine (Brian) Davidson. She is also survived by one sister, Marie Bailey, and her many grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.
Visitation will be held at Perry Hall Baptist Church from 10:00-11:30 am on Saturday, July 17, 2021, followed by a Celebration of Life. The graveside interment will be at 1:00 pm at Highview Memorial Gardens in Fallston, with a reception at North Harford Baptist Church to follow.
Donations in Doris’s memory may be made to the Our Daily Bread Ministries (PO Box 2222, Grand Rapids, MI 49501) or the Baltimore Rescue Mission (4 N Central Ave, Baltimore, MD 21202).
“The eternal God is our refuge, and underneath are the everlasting arms.” Deuteronomy 33:27
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Our Daily Bread Ministries
PO Box 2222, Grand Rapids MI 49501
Baltimore Rescue Mission
4 N Central Ave, Baltimore MD 21202