2015-10-01 / Obituaries

Phyllis Arlene (Crawford) Schmidt

Phyllis Arlene (Crawford) Schmidt, 84, died on Sept. 22, 2015, at St. Elizabeth Home in East Greenwich. She was comforted by her family.

Schmidt was born in Franklin Depot, N.Y., to Lee George and Ethel (Cook) Crawford, and was the youngest of four children. She will be remembered as a brilliant educator and mentor, an effective manager, and a talented musician. She was a teacher, principal and superintendent who served in several states and in Africa. She retired from the Jamestown school system. She was a natural entertainer, performing in school, stage shows, churches and pageants. She represented New York in the Miss America pageant. She served her lord as a choir member, song leader, teacher and pianist. She was a member of Central Baptist Church in Jamestown at her passing. She was blessed to have traveled the world and made lasting friends wherever she went.

Schmidt was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Dr. Charles T. Schmidt IV, her parents and her siblings, Lee “Jack” Crawford, Wesley Butts and Wahneta Bookhout.

She is survived by her children, Kim Malone (Mike), Cynthia Moran (Garth), Christine Schmidt and Charles Schmidt V (Debra). Grandchildren include Travis Malone (Tracie), Jacob Malone (Angie), Aaron Malone, Lindsey Sullivan (Stefan), Stephanie Moran (Nikhil Gehani), Julie Moran (fiance Michael Coco), Alexis Schmidt and Bailey Schmidt. She was excited to have great-grandchildren, Aiden Malone, Samuel Sullivan, Maxwell Sullivan and Owen Sullivan. She is also survived by the thousands of children with whom she worked with over the years. She cared for and encouraged each one.

Special thanks are given by the family to the staff and residents of St. Elizabeth Home for providing a warm and compassionate home for Schmidt at the end of her life. Her friend, Gayle Davis of North Kingstown, became a sister to her and is warmly remembered.

Her funeral was held at Fagan- Quinn Funeral Home in North Kingstown. Interment followed in Jamestown’s Cedar Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Elizabeth Home, Central Baptist Church or the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.

Return to top