December 2, 1960 – July 8, 2022

Anne Marie (Giesen) Schmidt, age 61, passed away on July 8, 2022, after an unexpected metabolic imbalance.

Anne was born on December 2, 1960, in Wichita, Kansas. She loved her moma and, if you’d asked her, her daddy was the very best in the world. As the eldest of her sisters and cousins, she was a ringleader, a second mother, and likely the reason they found themselves in trouble.

Anne cherished her time spent on “The Farm”, and all the lessons she learnt there (like how to play scrabble and that poison ivy is not a good thing). She loved her family with her whole heart.

She was a hard worker, starting at AT&T and moving on to journalism and photography at Edmond Life and Leisure.

Anne was a thrifting queen; a collector of shoes, rocks, and all other types of little treasures. A big teaser and a lover of puns, Anne knew how to light up a room, and her shoulder was there for you to lean on in both good times and bad.

Anne was a storyteller, the queen of drama, and knew how to make a person feel special — she could listen as well as she could talk (and oh boy could she talk).

Anne’s love was fierce and far-reaching (she didn’t know a stranger) but more than anything, Anne felt a special kind of joy at being able to love on her granddaughter Sutton.

Anne is survived by her ‘dude’, her ‘ole man’, her husband: Mark Schmidt, who she loved road trippin’ with. Her kids, who she was enormously proud of, Dalton Schmidt and his wife Christie, and Clara Schmidt and her partner Brian Hughey. And of course, her oh-so-beloved granddaughter, Sutton Schmidt.

Her sisters and brothers-in-law, Myra Giesen and David Graham of Newcastle upon Tyne, UK; Katherine and Dave Jewett of Ada, OK; and Shirley Giesen of Wichita, will miss her intensely.

Anne was a big believer in kindness, hugging tight, and loving hard. She was dreadful at goodbyes — as her daughter says, “She would be crying the morning before people even left” — and so we won’t be saying goodbye, but see you later and “peace out”.

Rather than traditional funeral services (as we all know Anne was anything but ordinary), a private gathering is to be held.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to The National Organization for Women Foundation at and / or make your voice heard, march for something you believe in, make that call, and vote.

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