Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Doreen Lynn Schmitt: May 30, 1958- October 11, 2011

It's with great sadness that we tell you Mom lost her battle with cancer earlier today. She was such a fighter and a huge inspiration for all of us. As we begin the mourning process and prepare funeral arrangements we ask that you keep her family and friends in your thoughts and prayers. This has been a difficult path to follow the past 5 years, but we have grown significantly in the process. In losing our mom we know we have gained many true friends along the way. Thank you for supporting all of us through good times and bad.

The luckiest Kids in the World

Funeral Services will be held at the Camano Chapel on Camano Island, Saturday October 15th at 1100, with a luncheon to follow. A private burial will take place at Anderson Cemetary in Stanwood.

Camano Chapel
867 SW Camano Drive
Camano Island, WA 98282

A public viewing will take place on Friday at Gilbertson's Funeral home in Stanwood. Call Gilbertson's for more details. (360) 629-2101.

If you want to share a story or memory about Doreen with us kids, please email Pastor Mich Michl at michmichl@camanochapel.org


  1. My thoughts are with the Schmitt Family and Heaven's Newest Angel.

  2. I am thinking of you all this day. Be proud of who you all are! Your mom will always be the best! :)Joan Andrews

  3. We will miss you so much, our Queen. Love and prayers to the luckiest kids in the world during this difficult time. With much honor to know your Mom, Erin (Erickson) Slagg, Cody Slagg, and boys.

  4. Cyber hugs across the miles. Wishing you all comfort and happy memories.

  5. Your family has been inspirational to so many. My thoughts and prayers are with you all at this time.

  6. So very sorry to read this. I had followed her blog from the time of my own lung cancer diagnosis in 2007, and marveled at her handling of everything that came her way.

    Condolences to all her family and friends.

    Bud Baker

  7. Wrapping you all in virtual hugs and love:( Doreen is finally at peace and pain free with your Dad, looking down over all of you. The love you all shared for one another is an example for all of us.

    Relay Friend in Oregon

  8. I am so very sorry to hear this. Your family and friends are in my thoughts and prayers as you move through the next stages.

    Sue Hopper

  9. My thoughts are with all of the family. Loves and hugs all around. Dor is now with Rick again, watching over you all at this difficult time.

  10. Oh I'm so, so sorry! What a fighter your mother was, such a strong woman. Sending good thoughts and prayers to your family. I hope that the memories of you mom can bring you all a little peace in the coming days.

    I agree with Deana, your parents are together and watching over you all.

  11. As lost as I feel knowing that I wont be able to follow your mother's journey any longer...I can imagine your pain is 100 times greater. What a blessing to have had her as long as you did. I pray for you all at this time. Much love to you all.

  12. I am so sorry for your loss! I was blessed to have met your mom at a Relay Summit in Reno. She had an amazing heart. Hugs to your family...

  13. My thoughts and prayers are with the family. I was nine when my mom left this world to be with my dad and the Lord. I will say this, not a day goes by that I don't miss them both but I hold onto the memories that we shared even if it was for a short time. Live for the moment and know you too will see your mom and dad again someday. I'm blessed to know that day may not be today for me but it will come and I'll be ready for it. Love you guys lots. You're all angels to me.

    Your friend from the Beaverton Relay,
    Rachel Hoffman

  14. I still remember hearing your family story for the first time in Reno...your entire family has left a mark on everybody's hearts that you come in contact with. Our thoughts and prayers continue to be with all of you...Peace be with all of you...lots of hugs and love...

    The Cina & Green families -- Relay friends in Oregon

  15. Find comfort in knowing your mom is at peace and in the loving arms of your dad. She is in your hearts forever and will be watching over her family until you all meet again, in a place where there is no pain and suffering! My love to all of you and may you celebrate the life your mom had and gave all of you. Memories of Doreen will live forever in all who knew her!♥ Val Larson

  16. This blog was the closest I have been to cancer. Five years ago I was terrified of anyone close to me getting this disease. I still am. But because of the Schmitt Family I am less afraid. Your families journey has taught me to be brave, to celebrate, to laugh, cry, hope and live each day Dreaming Big.

  17. I'm so sorry that Doreen is no longer with us and I will miss her blog postings. On the positive side, she's free of her pain and reunited with her husband. She left a legacy with you kids and made a difference in this world by being so open about her feelings, thoughts, dreams and aspirations. Hugs to you all and keep dreaming big.

  18. We are so sorry for the loss of your mom. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. Cherish your memories and hold them close to your hearts.......
    The Morgenstern Family

  19. I am so sorry for the loss of you mother. My thoughts and prayers go out to you all.


  20. I am so thankful for the life Doreen lead. She left such an imprint on so many lives. Praying for you guys as you continue to work through this difficult time.

    Jamey Beebe

  21. Prayers are with your family. I've loved reading your mom's blog for several years now. She was amazing. Is amazing, as are you kids. Prayers with you all. Allison Boon

  22. We are so sorry for your loss and the loss to the entire community. We were so blessed to be touched by her grace, love and friendship.
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time.
    The Erickson Family

  23. Amy,Angie & Jacob...your Mom & Dad both live in the image of all 3 of you, the breath you take, the blood that carries life through your bodies and the smiles on each of your faces! All of you must know how proud both of them are of you, and if they could change anything they would. Such a blessing it has been to know them and you three in my lifetime. May you find some peace and solitude during this emotional time in your lives.

  24. The world is a better place because you lived. You memory will never be forgotten, and your legacy lives on through the lives of your incredible children and all those you have touched. I hope you are living the BIGGEST dream of all, breathing deep, full breaths, and dancing on clouds with your Ricky. You will be missed, Doreen.

    With love and hugs to all you kids. May your void be filled with amazing memories of your mom and dad, with the love of others that care so much about you, and may your hearts heal and be full with joy, knowing how your mom left this world a better place than before she arrived here.

    Julie Hepper

  25. I am so sorry to hear of your loss. Doreen has affected everyone's lives with her strength, courage and love that she always shared with everyone. Please accept my condolences and I will never stop Dreaming Big because of your mom.

    Dixie Bridges (Heather Erickson's mom)

  26. I only knew Doreen for a week, but during that week she was like a mum to me. Reading this blog has shown me what a truly amazing woman Doreen was. She will be missed, but she lives on through each of you - and everyone who had the pleasure of meeting her.

    With love and thoughts, the Crawley's from Australia.

  27. Jake, Angie, Amy, and Family,
    God bless you all. Your mom's courage will forever be an inspiration. I wish you comfort and peace.
    Jane Lenz

  28. I am so sorry to hear of your Mom's passing. I have been following her blog since 2007 when my sister was diagnosed with lung cancer. My sister passed 10-13-09 and I was praying your Mom would survive this horrible cancer. I hope your many memories of her and your Dad will help sustain you during this time.
    With Sympathy, Maureen Crosby Bowles

  29. Though I didn't get to know your mom well, I cared about her and felt so very blessed that she shared her journey with us through the blog. She was a great lady. The ripple from all she did will help the world and this community forever.

    The following is a small piece I wrote for a dear friend who lost her mother this year. Since then I know of three other families who have lost their mothers. I hope this brings comfort to you as well.

    A Mother’s Request

    Let me go before you.
    It is as it should be.
    I will be waiting for you.
    For God has set me free.
    And when your days have all passed,
    We will meet again
    In the beauty of Heaven
    where life will never end.

    Charlene F. Thomas
    May 12, 2011

  30. I've been following this blog for several years now. Your parents story has touched so many people. I was wondering if there is a charity that you would like donations made to in Dor's honor?

  31. You are all loved.

    Kayalyn Stewart and Leanne Stewart.

  32. I have been following your mom's blog for a couple of years now. I've been amazed at her strength and positive attitude. It was obvious how all her children loved her and gave her their full emotional support during the course of her illness. Your mom felt so blessed to have you children at her side. My deep condolences -- what a wonderful lady she was!

  33. I was blessed to have met your mom and spent time with her when she came and spoke at Relay training in Portland. She always made you smile and feel happy. Your families story is not only horrible luck, but a blessing to all who have heard it and got to know your family and the love you have for each other. The cards dealt to your family are not fair and you have made everyone more determined that cancer does not take away loved ones anymore. Thank you for sharing your families story and know that there are hundreds or thousands of people that are "Dreaming Big" for your Mom, Dad and your family.

    All my love,
    Jen Caine
    East Clark County Relay For Life in Camas/Washougal, WA

  34. I haven't seen the schmitt family since I was in high school, but I have definitely heard your story...What an amazing and strong family you are. I commend u for sharing your story so that other people that find themselves in the battle of cancer, can fight it as you all did...with strength, courage, love and the will to never give up, and to always treat today as it's ur last, but to remember to thank god for tomorrow when it comes. I
    hope that when you kids, Amy, Angie and Jake find yourselves in those moments of sadness and missing ur parents, just remember that they r together again...like teenagers dating and beginning a new life together in love, and one day, you will all be reunited, and they will
    again hold their babies in their arms.

    Be Blessed and Dream Big
    Summer Price (Jacobsen)

  35. Our thoughts are with all of you! Your family has been such an inspiration to so many. May the memories of the times you shared get you through this time!!
    All of our lives were forever changed the moment Amy & Angie walked up on that stage in Reno, thank you for sharing the good times & bad with the world!

  36. My heart is so sad... I just can't stop missing Doreen and Rick. The last few days have been definite reality check. One day, one year, a family is complete and the next,it can be taken away. I feel like I love more than I ever have. I appreciate more than I ever have and I am grateful more than I ever have. I have a broken heart full of love for the Schmitt family. Amy, Angie, Jacob, Bob, Myrna and the rest of the family, you are all in my thoughts. Love and prayers to you all.

  37. Sorry to hear about your Mom. Our thoughts are with all of you. She showed us all how to be a fighter against this horrible illness. Doreen was one of a kind and will be missed by all.

    Larry Wheeler Family

  38. It's been well over a decade that I've seen both Rick and Doreen .. but Tina has been keeping updated with the news .. I'm very sorry for the loss .. words can't ever exemplify the hurt and pain of losing a parent .. Tawni just showed me the incredible video made by the family .. I was always remember both of them so full of life and the love they had for one another .. what a lesson to us all .. May God Bless over the Schmitt family ..

    Timothy W. Oshie