Marion L. Schmidt, 96, of Hesston, died at Newton Medical Center on Wednesday (Oct. 24, 2012). Marion was born on Jan. 18, 1916, in Lowell, Mass., to Percy and Beatrice (Gould) Peavey. Her parents had five children: four daughters and one son. Marion was raised in Maine and later moved to California, where she met and married John Kenneth Schmidt on June 8, 1944, in Long Beach, Calif. After the war, they moved to Idaho and later to Kansas. Their union produced two children: Sandra and Douglas. Marion liked to crochet and paint. She was a wonderful seamstress and made clothes for the grandchildren on special occasions. One of her passions was horseback riding. She and her daughter, Sandra, often rode together. She was an original “bling cowgirl” with outfits that had lots of bling and embroidery. She loved caring for children and ran a day care center in her home for many years. She was a wonderful grandmother and greatly loved her grandchildren. She is survived by her children: Sandra and Robert Fraser of Douglas and Susie Schmidt, and a sister, Frances Lester. There are four grandchildren, three great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, John; parents, Percy and Beatrice Peavey; sisters, Elinore and June; brother, John; and a grandson, Christopher. Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Friday (Oct. 26, 2012) at Petersen Funeral Home in Newton. A visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. Thursday (Oct. 25) at Petersen Funeral Home. The family will be present from 6:30 to 8 p.m. to greet friends. A memorial has been set up for the Newton Saddle Club and the Harvey County 4-H program, in care of Petersen Funeral Home. Visit