Susan Erickson Schmidt returned home to our Heavenly Father on May 14, 2023. She passed away after a courageous battle with cancer. Susan was born in Ogden, Utah on June 14, 1949 to Eldred H. Erickson and Lois Ruth Belnap. She grew up in a loving home in Pleasant View, Utah. She was one of eight children. Susan graduated from Weber High School and continued her studies at Brigham Young University. She was crowned Miss Heritage Halls, rode in the Homecoming Parade, and met with members of the First Presidency. BYU is where she met her sweetheart, a dark curly haired young man, James E. Schmidt. When she saw him at church, she knew she was going to get to know him that school year.
She graduated in 1971 with a degree in Elementary Education with a Kindergarten Proficiency and taught in Monterey, California and Weber School District. After a short time of teaching, she retired to become a full-time homemaker and mother.
On June 22,1972 she married James “Jim” E. Schmidt in the Salt Lake Temple and they were blessed with eight children. Her family was her pride and joy and as a wife and mother she sacrificed her time, energy, and talents to bless and enrich their lives.
Susan was a very talented and dedicated member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and served in many callings, including presidents of Primary, Young Women, Relief Society, Stake Homemaking, Stake Camp Director, and Stake Young Women President. She was also an active member and officer of Daughters of Utah Pioneers.
Susan spent years in service blessing the lives of those around her with cookies, pies, meals, and her compassionate heart. She loved sewing, quilting, baking, taking pictures, and being involved in the lives of those around her. She was the biggest cheerleader of all when it came to performances, plays, soccer games, and sporting events.
She and Jim served together in the Singles Ward and later a humanitarian mission in Layton, Utah in 2011. They also served for 18-months in the Dominican Republic, Santiago West Mission as “Office Couple” from September 2012 to March 2014.
Her sister Jeane stated, “When I was little, she was the one who mothered me. You’ll never meet someone who is more loving and more loyal to her family. She always remembers every birthday, every anniversary, every graduation, and every little thing that is happening in the lives of the people she cares about.”
Susan is survived by her spouse James E. Schmidt; her children: Brent (Judith) Schmidt, Darren (Jolynn) Schmidt, Amy (Jake) Tolman, Andrea (Ross) Tucker, Annette (Caleb) Shiley, Ashley (Kelland) Davis; 21 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren.
Grandchildren, by age, include Patrick (Camee) Schmidt, Maylin Schmidt, Cameron Schmidt, Derek Schmidt, Sydney Schmidt, Allen Tucker, Celeste Schmidt, Joshua Schmidt, Abby Tucker, Michael Schmidt, Christian Schmidt, Claire Davis, Hyrum Shiley, Jane Tucker, Emma Tucker, Grace Tolman, Jill Tucker, Isaac Shiley, Aubrey Tolman, Samuel Tolman, and Autumn Tolman. Her great-grandchildren are Nora Schmidt and Rowan Schmidt.
Her siblings include Bruce (Joyce) Erickson, Janet (Randy) Gee, David (Cindy) Erickson, Nancy (Ray) Jensen, Chris (Keli) Erickson, Ellen Anson and Jeane (Steve) Burton.
Susan was preceded in death by her parents and two sons, Allen Harris and Erick Elliott.
Funeral services will be held Saturday, May 20, 2023 at 2:00 p.m. at the Central Ward Chapel, 60 W. Gordon Ave., Layton, Utah. Friends may visit with family Friday, May 19, 2023 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Lindquist’s Layton Mortuary, 1867 No. Fairfield Rd., Layton, Utah and Saturday from 12 :30 to 1:30 p.m. at the church prior to the service.
Interment, Lindquist’s Memorial Park at Layton.
Services will be live-streamed and may be viewed by scrolling to the bottom of Susan's obituary page at www.lindquistmortuary,com