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Lillie Mae (Draehn) Schmidt, 80, of Brenham went to meet her Lord on Friday, December 5, 2008 at College Station Medical Center.

The oldest of twelve children, she was born October 13, 1928 to Willie and Selma Emshoff Draehn.  Lillie Mae was baptized November 19, 1928 by Rev. Wm. Utesch and confirmed April 18, 1943 by Rev. A. J. Mohr at Salem Lutheran Church of Salem. On April 22, 1950 she was united in marriage to Willie H. Schmidt also at Salem Lutheran Church of Salem, where she held her lifelong membership.  Her hobbies were crocheting, quilting and spending time with her precious grandchildren.  They were the love of her life.  Lillie Mae was a very loving and caring person, always wanting to help others.

She was preceded in death by her parents, brother Jimmy Draehn, nephew William Draehn, sister-in-law Margaret Draehn, mother-in-law and father-in-law Willie and Rosa Henson Schmidt, sister-in-law and brother-in-law Margaret and Milton Sawyer and nephew Butch Sawyer.

Her loving family includes: her husband of 58 years Willie Schmidt; sons Roy William Schmidt and Darrell Wayne Schmidt and wife Michelle; daughter Janice Lynn Hanath and husband Bradley; grandsons Brandon, Wyatt and Austin Hanath; step-grandchildren Matt Wise and Sarah Wise; step-great-grandchildren Haley and Madison Wise, Trae and Mylo Reeves; brothers and sisters-in-law Willie and Marjorie Draehn, Roger and Joyce Draehn, Glenn Draehn, Elwood and Deloris Draehn, Lee and Hanna Draehn, Luther and Evelyn Draehn, Gene and Jo Ann Draehn, Allan and Peggy Draehn; sisters and brothers-in-law Dianne and Ted Sager, Geraldine and Edward Rybarski, along with nieces, nephews and cousins,

Visitation with the family will be from 6-8 p.m., Monday, December 8 at Brenham Memorial Chapel.

Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m., Tuesday, December 9 in Salem Evangelical Lutheran Church of Salem with Rev. Charles H. Parnell and Rev. Lydia Paterson officiating.  Burial will follow in the church cemetery.

Serving as pallbearers are Craig Sager, Todd Sager, Troy Draehn, Royce Draehn, Patrick Draehn, Scott Rybarski, Keith Draehn and David Draehn.  Honorary pallbearers are Maxine and Bert Miles, Shirley and Willie Schwartz, Delores Naumann, Edna Boecker, Jo Ann Stafford and Roe and Sue Weinschenk.

Memorials may be given to Salem Evangelical Lutheran Church of Salem general fund.

Services are in the care of Brenham Memorial Chapel in Brenham.

Posted by Joy Neely


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