Margaret Dodd Schmidt
Margaret Dodd Schmidt
  • December 14, 1930 - June 13, 2017
  • Stockton, California

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God in light and glory. She was born in Talas, Turkey on December 14, 1930, to her Presbyterian missionary parents, Wilson Margaret Dodd Schmidt (known to her friends as Margi) passed into her eternal inheritance on June 13, 2017, in Stockton, and is now beholding the face of Farnsworth Dodd and Mary Benedict Dodd. In addition to her parents, she was pre-deceased by her husband Herman Schmidt, step-mother Mary Avery Dodd (Asheville, NC), sisters Helen Bruner (Silver Springs, MD) and Dorothy Dodd (Marion, NC), and brother Robert Dodd (Colonia, NJ and Kissimmee, FL).

Margi is survived by her two sons, Kurt (with Kristi) and David; her four grandchildren Rachel Lyn McCarthy (Chris), Bethany Margaret Waggoner (John), Erik Herman Schmidt (Sophie) and Eliza Beth Schmidt; as well as three great grandchildren Bunny Waggoner, Gareth Waggoner, and Aria McCarthy.

She spent the first 6 years of her life in Turkey, and then her family sailed on the Queen Mary back to the States where they settled in Berea, KY. She attended grade school at Knapp Hall, Berea, KY; high school at Northfield School for Girls, East Northfield, MA; and Lasell Junior College, Auburndale, MA, graduating with an A.S degree. After graduation she worked in secretarial positions in New York City, Boston, and San Francisco. She married Herman in 1957 after moving west. The couple lived in Sausalito, CA, and San Rafael, CA and then moved to Stockton in 1965. She was a member at Lincoln Presbyterian Church and then Swain Oaks Baptist Church (which later relocated and renamed Quail Lakes Baptist Church). As a Stockton resident, she was involved with P.T.A (John R. Williams Elementary School), Tuesday Club, Cub Scouts (as a den mother), ALSOOA, and Bible Study Fellowship, in addition to various church-based women’s, benevolent, and educational ministries. Her passions were teaching and modeling organizational and hospitality skills. The family hosted a soup buffet (“stir the pot”) at Christmas for many years which was an annual highlight for friends and family. She was a people person par excellence and touched and impacted numerous lives in both small and large ways throughout her life. Most importantly, she was a Christian, passionately devoted to her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

A memorial service will be held Saturday, June 17, 2017, at 9:00 AM in West Hall at the O’Connor Woods retirement community in Stockton. Memorial contributions in her name can be made to the O’Connor Woods Resident Assistance Fund (send to 3400 Wagner Heights Rd., Stockton, CA 95209) or Hume Lake Scholarship Fund (send to Quail Lakes Baptist Church, 1904 Quail Lakes Dr., Stockton, CA 95207).