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Cecile Beryl Ann Schmidt

August 2, 1937 March 11, 2019
Cecile Beryl Ann Schmidt
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Obituary for Cecile Beryl Ann Schmidt

Cecile Beryl Ann Hobday Schmidt passed away peacefully on Monday, March 11th, 2019 in Phoenix, Arizona. She was born in 1937 in London to Beryl (née St. Clare) and William Hobday. Following World War II, Cecile grew up with her brothers and sisters in Hatherden, a small countryside village near Andover in Hampshire England. In 1965, she left England as a nanny and moved to Kansas City, Missouri, and then to Phoenix, Arizona in 1967.

In 1968, Cecile married the love of her life and husband of 50 years, David Schmidt, an Airman (Master Sergeant) in the U.S. Air Force. A few years later, Cecile and David welcomed their two beautiful daughters, Robynne and Kori. Her girls were her greatest joy. Cecile was a wonderful homemaker, a dedicated school volunteer, a diligent worker, an avid reader, and a crossword puzzle fanatic. She loved cooking and baking and was well-known for frequently treating her friends and family to her delicious creations.

Cecile was smart, fearless, energetic, loving, and hardworking. She will be remembered for her adventuresome spirit, sprightly personality, her remarkable kindness, incredible generosity, but mostly for her selfless devotion to her family and friends. Daughter, sister, wife, mother, mema, aunt, and friend were all titles that Cecile embraced and cherished.

Cecile is survived by: her husband of 50 years--David Schmidt, daughters--Robynne Hughes (Jimmy Hughes) and Kori Phillippi (Donny Phillippi), grandsons--Jacob Hughes (Emile Hughes), Ryan Hughes, Brandon Phillippi, Wyatt Phillippi, and Morgan Phillippi, sisters--Shirley Hopwood (85) and Julia Harrop (84), brothers--Philip Hobday (86), Bryan Hobday (83), David Hobday (81), and Scott Birkhead (72). Cecile was preceded in death by her mother Beryl Decima Hobday Birkhead, her father William Hobday, and her brother Michael Hobday.

Cecile will be missed dearly; her legacy will live on in the hearts and minds of everyone who was blessed to know her.

A funeral service for Cecile will be held at Heritage Funeral Chapel, 6830 West Thunderbird Road, Peoria, Arizona on Friday, March 22, 2019 at 11:00 AM. A private internment will take place at National Memorial Cemetery of Arizona.

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Funeral Service




11:00 AM 3/22/2019 11:00:00 AM
Heritage Funeral Chapel

6830 West Thunderbird Road
Peoria, AZ 85381

Heritage Funeral Chapel
6830 West Thunderbird Road Peoria 85381 AZ
United States

Cemetery Details


National Memorial Cemetery of Arizona Final Resting Place

23029 N. Cave Creek Road
Phoenix , AZ 85024

23029 N. Cave Creek Road Phoenix 85024 AZ
United States

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