4/2/1950 – 7/25/2020
Mary Anne Schmidt entered into eternal life on July 25, 2020. She was born to Willow and Raymond R. Schmidt on April 2, 1950 in Whittier, California, where she and her brothers lived until shortly after the death of their father. Her mother remarried and the newly combined family moved to Hacienda Heights where she attended elementary and high school, and in later years courses at Mt. San Antonio College.
For a brief time, Mary Anne lived in Sun Valley, Idaho, where she worked as a governess. She then traveled throughout Europe before moving to Carpinteria in the early 1970s, where she gave birth to her son Dylan Schmidt in 1977. She lived in Carpinteria, and most recently in Santa Barbara, for over 46 years. She raised her son, worked diligently, worshiped, volunteered and enjoyed the coastal community. Mary Anne had many friends and acquaintances in the area, having worked in the restaurant industry, Trader Joe’s and at Nordstrom, as a specialist for Clarins Cosmetics. She was devoted to her Catholic faith and attended mass almost daily. Her beautiful smile, outgoing personality and friendly manner meant that she never seemed to know a stranger. When having a meal or walking down the street with Mary Anne, she would quite frequently meet someone from her many walks of life and share with them a hug and a conversation.
Mary Anne loved music and was quick to sing along with her favorite song, be it on the radio or in church. She had a passion for cooking and was happy to share a good laugh, preferably over something sweet. Mary Anne had a warmth and kindness inside that she expressed in her love for others. She was a devoted mother, a faithful sister and a bright spirit to so many over the years. She is survived by her son, Dylan Schmidt; her brother, Raymond Schmidt (Brenda); sister, Linda Ekstrom (Paul); brother, Robert Trentham; and her nieces and nephew. She was preceded in death by her brother Dennis Schmidt. The family has plans for a memorial once it is safe to gather.