GLEN ROSE—A memorial service for Maria Rachel Schmidt, 24, will be held at 10 a.m. Monday, June 5, at the First United Methodist Church in Glen Rose, Texas, with a reception to follow.

Maria was born in Beaumont, Texas to Paul and Lisa Schmidt. She moved to Glen Rose in 1997 and attended Glen Rose ISD where she graduated salutatorian of her class in 2011. She then attended classes at Colorado School of Mines in Golden, Colorado, where she was known fondly as “Moose” on the women’s rugby team. After moving to San Francisco, California, to live with her sister Erika, she returned to Texas in 2013 where she attended Hill College and Tarleton University. She was scheduled to graduate with a degree in accounting from Tarleton in December, 2017.

She was preceded in death by her mother, Lisa Schmidt of Glen Rose, as well as her uncle, Bill Schmidt of Lipan, and her grandparents, Albert and Ruby Schmidt of Granbury, Texas, James Parker of Harlingen, Texas and LaReva Kahle of Beaumont. 

She is survived by her father and stepmother, Paul and Celeste Schmidt of Glen Rose, sister Erika Schmidt and her partner Alex Westfall of Glasgow, Scotland, stepbrothers Caden Schinagel and Casey Crews, stepsister Kaitlin Crews, and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins, including Jim and Ann Schmidt of Granbury.

In lieu of flowers, her family requests that donations be sent to the Lisa and Maria Schmidt Memorial Fund to sponsor prospective college attendees. Information can be found at or by contacting Pat Wyndham at Glen Rose High School at 254-898-4000.