Margaret Maude (Peggy) Chambers Schmidt of Saddlebrooke, Arizona died on Wednesday,\n\nJanuary 27, 2016. She passed with grace and dignity after a courageous battle with multiple\n\nmyeloma cancer. She was pre-deceased by her dear parents, Alice Louise and Adelbert Royal\n\nChambers, sister Charlotte Wrightsman, and baby son, John F. Schmidt, Jr.\n\nPeg was born on November 20th, 1929 in Iola, Kansas. She was the youngest of 3 daughters.\n\nShe received her AA degree from Monticello College in Godfrey, Ill in '49 and attended Kansas\n\nUniversity where she pledged Kappa Kappa Gamma in 1949. She ultimately received her MFA\n\ndegree in Studio Art from McKendree College in Lebanon, Illinois in 1975.\n\nPeg married the love of her life, John F. Schmidt on November 5, 1950. (They renewed their\n\nwedding vows this past November on their 65th wedding anniversary.) Peg and John spent\n\nhappy years raising their children in Evanston, Illinois, then Belleville, Illinois. She was active in\n\nthe Evanston Art Center as well as garden club. She was a tireless volunteer at the Shelter\n\nShop in Belleville as well as at the Golden Goose in Catalina, Az.\n\nThey moved to Arizona from Belleville, Illinois in 1998 and have spent the past 17 years\n\nenjoying their retirement in the gorgeous Sonoran Desert. Peg loved watching the mountains\n\n"turn pink..."\n\nPeg loved her family, her friends (old and new), the desert southwest, daily swims, reading a\n\ngood book, and immersing herself in the field of art. She was known for her art work (including\n\nher WATCH DOGS) as well as for the eclectic collection of art that she and John so loved to\n\ncollect.\n\nShe is survived by her beloved husband, John; Sister Jeanie Bills of Houston Texas; Daughter\n\nSusie (Stan) Hilkemeyer of Tucson; Son Tom (Jenny) Schmidt of Columbia, Ill.; Beloved\n\ngrandchildren Scott & Tim Hilkemeyer of Tucson; Emily (Andrew) Reuschel of Carbondale, Ill,\n\nand Daniel Schmidt of Perth, Australia. She adored her sweet step-grand family including Kelly,\n\nScott, Summer, and Jackson Taylor of Newport Beach, California. Great Grand-daughter\n\nStephanie Hilkemeyer was born to Tim & Emma on January 26, 2016.\n\nIn lieu of flowers please consider making a contribution to your favorite charity.\n\nA private memorial service will be held at a later date.