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Mary J. Schmidt, 79

Mary J. Schmidt, age 79, of Cottage Grove, died Sunday evening March 16.

Mary Jane was born Nov. 16, 1934, at Mounds Park Hospital in St. Paul, Minn., the daughter of Ray & Catherine (Kemp) Boyd. She lived in her Cottage Grove home for fifty years. Mary was the biggest fan of her kids and grandkids sporting activities. She loved her dog and companion Rex. Mary enjoyed baking, crafting, scrapbooking and working in the yard. She found great joy in hosting and planning family celebrations and, most importantly, starting the dice game.

Mary was preceded in death by her husband Ron; and parents Ray and Catherine Boyd.

She is the beloved mother of Kevin (Barb), Bryan (Fay), Terri (Ted) Steffner, Michelle (Mike) Boehmer, and Pat (Denise); grandmother of Laura, Tom, Randy, Cory, Jill, Ryan, Joey, Dani, Melissa, Jamie, Chris, Jessica, and Brad; great-grandsons Wyatt, and Dawson; Aunt Lucille, Gordy and Kay; and best friend Rex.

Visitation 4-8 p.m. Friday, March 21, at Kok Funeral Home, 1201 Portland Ave., St. Paul Park. Funeral Service 11 a.m. Saturday, March 22, at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church, 920 Holley, St. Paul Park. Interment Cottage Grove Cemetery.

Special thanks to Mary's Care Team: Deb, Nikki, Norm, Melanie, and Carla.

Kok Funeral Homes.