Erma Schmidt

Oct. 30, 1919 – March 31, 2012

Erma J. Chapman Schmidt, 92, a longtime Greybull resident, died Thursday, March 31, 2012, at University Park Care Center in Pueblo, Colo., where she had moved to be near her son.

She was born Oct. 30, 1919, in Milburn , Okla., to Stephen and Anna Leutkehans. She graduated from high school there. She married Joseph Chapman in 1938 in Atoka, Okla. They moved to Wyoming in 1938, eventually settling in Greybull, where they built and operated the Antler Motel. Mr. Chapman died on April 23, 1962.

She married William Schmidt on Sept. 5, 1964, in Greybull and continued to operate the motel until selling it in 1970. The couple had an active retirement, traveling much of the United States and providing many people with vegetables from their garden and fruit from their trees and vines. Mr. Schmidt died on Oct. 5, 1994.

Mrs. Schmidt was active in several Greybull organizations. She was a member of the First Presbyterian Church, where she served in several offices.

Survivors include a son, Theadus Chapman of Pueblo; three grandchildren, Sara Chapman, Carmine Morgan and Cherie Bradbury; four great-grandchildren; three stepchildren: Anna Lewis and Andy and Pat Schmidt; five step-grandchildren; and five step-great-grandchildren.

Others preceding her in death were a son, Stephen, and a step-great-grandson.

Her body has been cremated. A memorial service will be held at the Greybull First Presbyterian Church on Wednesday, May 23, at a time yet to be determined.


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