Emma Jean “Jeannie” Schmidt, lovingly known as Granny to those closest to her, was called home on Tuesday, August 9, 2022 at 81 years old. Jeannie was born on May 8, 1941 in Kentucky and moved to the Gautier/Pascagoula area in 1975 where she lived the rest of her life. She worked at Ingalls for over 40 years, retiring at the age of 71. She enjoyed her family, shopping, going out to eat with friends, shoes, ice cream, traveling, and was known for always having perfectly manicured nails. She always had a way of bringing people together and making everyone feel special. She was known best for her beautiful soul and giving spirit. Love was undoubtedly her greatest gift and one that she gave freely to anyone she met.
It is no question that her proudest accomplishments were her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. Everyone that knew her knew her family even if they had never met them. Anytime she talked about her family her face would glow with love and pride. They will each tell you that they were her favorite, which is a testament of how incredibly loved she made each of them feel. She has always been the heart of her family and they remain committed to living and serving others in memory of their precious Granny.
Jeannie is preceded in death by her mother, Elizabeth Adams, her father, John “Ed” Adams, and her brother, Jimmy Snelling. She is survived by her children Harold (Dan) Schmidt, Ruth (Scott) Lynch, Pamela (Donald) Carlson, and Theodore “Teddy” (Donna) Schmidt, her grandchildren Heather (Andre) Lynch, Kayla (Zeke) Dymen, Corey (Amy) Carlson, Bo Lynch, Chad (Kendall) Carlson, Sarah (Sam) Porter, Makala Porter, her great-grandchildren Emmalyn Lynch, Rowan Carlson, Clara Carlson, Ayden Watson, Sydney Seaman, Ella, Anna, and Trey Forehand, and her faithful four-legged companion Georgie.
It was her wish to help others and she ensured that wish would continue even after her passing. Jeannie donated her body to science in hopes that more could be learned about her ailments and lives could be saved in the future. Since there will not be a formal service at this time, her family asks that in lieu of flowers, donations can be made at gofund.me/2a14fb52 where all funds will be donated in Jeannie’s name to her favorite outreach programs. Although she will be deeply missed, she leaves a legacy of love imprinted in everyone’s heart.
Bradford-O’Keefe Funeral home is honored to serve the family of Emma Jean “Jeannie” Schmidt.