Oct. 30, 1919 – March 31, 2012
Cremation has taken place and a memorial service for longtime Greybull resident Erma J. Chapman Schmidt of Pueblo, Colo., will be held May 23 at the First Presbyterian Church in Greybull. Erma, 92, died March 31 at University Park Care Center in Pueblo where she had moved to be near her son.
She was born Oct. 30, 1919, in Milburn, Okla., the daughter of Stephen and Anna Leutkehans. She grew up, received her education and graduated from high school in Milburn.
Erma married Joseph Chapman in Atoka, Okla., in 1938. The couple moved to Wyoming in 1938 and eventually settled in Greybull where they built and operated the Antler Motel. Mr. Chapman died April 23, 1962.
Erma married William Schmidt Sept. 5, 1964, in Greybull. She continued to operate the motel until selling it in 1970.
The couple enjoyed an active retirement, traveling around the United States. They enjoyed gardening and provided many people with vegetables from their garden and fruit from their trees and vines. Mr. Schmidt died Oct. 5, 1994.
Erma was a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Greybull where she served in several offices. She was also active in several Greybull organizations.
Others preceding her in death were a son, Stephen, and a step-great-grandson.
She is survived by her son Theadus Chapman of Pueblo; three stepchildren, Anna Lewis and Andy and Pat Schmidt; three grandchildren, four great-grandchildren, five step-grandchildren and five step-great-grandchildren.