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Carol Schmidt

The Lord received his Christmas present back on Christmas Eve. Carol Shirley McKirdy Schmidt, 81, Moorhead, passed away on Dec. 24, 2007, at Eventide Lutheran Home, Moorhead, Minn. A private prayer service will be held at Wright Funeral Home, Moo...

The Lord received his Christmas present back on Christmas Eve.

Carol Shirley McKirdy Schmidt, 81, Moorhead, passed away on Dec. 24, 2007, at Eventide Lutheran Home, Moorhead, Minn.

A private prayer service will be held at Wright Funeral Home, Moorhead.

Burial will be in Gladstone at a later date.

Carol was born on Dec. 24, 1926, under a Christmas tree in her home at Gladstone, the daughter of Herbert and Dagmar Miller McKirdy and the 12th of 16 children.

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Her early childhood was spent in Gladstone enjoying the freedom of rural life with her siblings. She was an admitted tomboy and loved to skate, hike, swim, ride horseback, play baseball and competed with her brothers in any activity they chose.

At age 14, she moved to Dickinson, where she attended Dickinson Central High School.

She then moved to St. Louis Park, Minn., and graduated from St. Louis Park High School in 1944.

She received additional training at IBM in Minneapolis and then worked for Northwest Airlines in Minneapolis.

Carol married William P. Schmidt on Feb. 16, 1946, at St. Columbus Church, St. Paul, Minn.

They settled on a farm south of Dickinson, and together had 15 children, two of whom died in infancy.

They lived together on the farm for 25 years.

Carol was a creative, adventuresome and resourceful spirit.

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She attended Dickinson State College and the University of North Dakota, Williston, in the nursing program.

In 1974, she moved to Boulder, Mont., and worked as an aid for the Montana Developmental Center.

In 1976, she moved to Whitehall, Mont., and then in 1980 moved to Denver and worked as a major domo and cook till 1982.

In 1982, she moved back to Whitehall and worked for Meyer Health Care in home health.

In 1984, she moved to Kansas City, Mo., and worked as a major domo and caretaker for 10 years.

In 1994, she returned to Whitehall and built her dream home in which she lived till 2006.

She then moved to a retirement home in Moorhead to be closer to more of her children.

Carol had many and varied interests. She was an avid collector, with collections of baseball cards, stamps, coins, rocks and seashells.

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She was a student of geology and could identify every rock she looked at. She loved horses and owned several of them. She loved to swim and dance.

Her huge flower gardens were magnificent and she loved to travel and visited many parts of the world. She was an excellent and adventuresome cook.

She loved to write and had a very colorful and detailed writing style.

From 1999 to 2006, she wrote a cooking column, "Carol's Corner" for the Whitehall Ledger.

Carol loved to be with people and to entertain.

She was a member of the Whitehall Rotary Club and was a proud recipient of the Paul Harris Fellowship award.

She was a member of the Whitehall Toastmasters Club and served as their governor, she was also a member of Zion Lutheran Church in Whitehall and served on the Whitehall board of ministry.

Her most precious interest, though, was her family and she made it a point to be with her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren whenever possible.

Carol is survived by her children, Herbert (Bonnie), Fargo, Edward (Mary Lou), Phoenix, Shirley (Vaughn) Johnson, Argusville, Kenneth (Jean), Independence, Mo., Timothy, Boulder, Mont., Rosanne (Frank) Dey, Glendive, Mont., Joyce Russell, Strum, Wis., Willette (Duncan Smith) Schmidt, Worley, Idaho, Mary (Tom) Christensen, Manhattan, Mont., Laureen (Manny Mendoza) Schmidt, Taylor, Texas, Kristine (Phillip) Huyck, St. Onge, S.D., John (Eileen), Hanska, Minn., and Michael, Boulder; 26 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; and six siblings, Bertice Pepin, Pottsboro, Texas, Lois (Orville) Gullickson, Taylor, Henry McKirdy, Alberton, Mont., Wayne (Maybelle) McKirdy, Valley City, Adele Grogan, Lincoln, Mont., and Stanlee (Jack) Kreitinger, Three Forks, Mont.;

She was preceded in death by her parents; nine brothers and sisters; and two infant children.

Carol's family may be contacted by mail at 510 24th Ave. S., Fargo, N.D., 58103.

Video tribute and online guestbook is at www.wrightfuneral.com .

(Wright Funeral Home, Moorhead)

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