Beverly Ann Schmidt was born May 27, 1950, to Morris and Hattie "Toots" Schmidt. The first of four children, Beverly's curly red locks were soon accompanied by a feisty demeanor and communications that were occasionally too honest. At around age eight she announced to a table full of dinner guests, "Holy cow, look at all the freeloaders."
Beverly loved animals and participated in 4-H. She spent considerable time at her grandparent's farm, feeding baby sheep and chickens. She was inflicted with 'horse craziness' in her teens which may have contributed to her lack of interest in school during her final year at Eastern Oregon State College. There she studied accounting until she started studying cowboys.
Early in her career Beverly performed office duties for The Dalles Cherry Growers before becoming a dispatcher for the Oregon Department of Forestry and then for The Dalles City Police. During much of this time she lived in Dufur. In the eighties Bev and her husband, Norm Marks, moved to Texas to start a custom saddle and leather business. In the early years, Beverly continued working outside the business, providing payroll support for clients of JS Data and later, ADP. Eventually Beverly performed marketing and sales activities for the business, which included attending rodeos across the southwest promoting Norm's saddles and chaps. In the late nineties, Beverly returned to The Dalles and was a dispatcher for the Oregon Department of Forestry then the Oregon Department of Transportation in The Dalles. Her final position was as a dispatcher for ODOT in Bend.
In April 2013, Beverly was diagnosed with leukemia and subsequently underwent a bone marrow transplant. The process took a heavy toll and, although she subsequently had some great days, she succumbed to complications from the treatments on April 21, 2017.
Beverly is survived by her mother; Hattie Schmidt; siblings Darrel "Butch" Schmidt, Doris Schmidt, Ron Schmidt; half-sister Maxine Myers; in-laws Carina Schmidt and Audra Schmidt; as well as several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her father; Morris Schmidt; grandparents Max and Bernice Schmidt, Elmer Howatt, and Hattie Stabio.
Per her wishes there will be a private ceremony for the family only.
She asked that donations be sent to Home At Last Animal Shelter in The Dalles, Ore.
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