Debra Kay Schmidt

March 17, 1954July 31, 2018
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Debra Kay Schmidt, 64, was called to her heavenly home on July 31, 2018, after a courageous battle against cancer. The family will gather for a memorial at Shannon Funeral Home, 6001 Rufe Snow, Fort Worth, Texas on Friday, August 3, 2018, from 6 pm to 8 pm. A Rosary will be recited at 7 pm. A Memorial Mass will be held at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church in Keller, Texas on August 4, 2018, at 11 am. Debra was born on March 17, 1954, to parents Thomas and Virginia Carter in Clifton, Texas. She was the youngest of 3 children and lived in Valley Mills, Texas until moving to Ft. Worth when she was 12 years old to live with her sister, Jeri. Debra worked at the Gaylord Texan in banquet services for the past 14 years where she enjoyed meeting people from all over the country. Debra took pleasure in gardening, traveling, cooking, and spending time with family, friends, as well as, her beloved dog, Dolce. Debra will finally be reunited with her loving husband of 24 years, Mark, and her sister, Jeri Lutt, who preceded her in death. Debra is survived by her daughter Amber Riley and husband Shayne, son Evan Schmidt and his partner Paul Sewell, grandchildren Trey and Neelie Parvin, great-grandchildren Aleah and Brayden, her brother Tommy Carter and wife Cheryl, as well as many nieces and nephews. In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that donations be made to Cancer Care Services in Ft. Worth Texas;


  • Memorial Gathering Friday, August 3, 2018
  • Rosary Service Friday, August 3, 2018
  • Memorial Mass Saturday, August 4, 2018

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Robyn Hodnett

August 4, 2018

Amber and Evan,
My heart goes out to you. Your mom was a beautiful, loving lady, who was always a lot fun and very cool! She made you feel comfortable the moment you met her! I was honored to have her as a friend! We had a lot of fun the few years we ran the streets together, that was when Evan was a toddler. One of the funniest memories I have is, it was football party night, and we made a beer run. It had been raining and the streets were wet. She was driving her little car back then, that was pre minivan days! We came to the light on Rufe Snow and Watauga Rd., she stepped on the brakes and we went spinning! Thank goodness no cars were around us at the time, but we did end up looking at on coming cars heading towards us! I immediately looked back at Evan, who was sitting safely in his car seat, with those big beautiful blues eyes, and he was just giggling, he was having the best time! We pulled over and caught our breath, and then started laughing! She looked at me and said, DON'T TELL MARK! HAHAHA We had many, DON'T TELL MARK moments!
Our world dimmed a little on July 31st, but heaven became a lot brighter! She will always be that angel looking after all of you! Please take care of yourselves, and be happy! That's all she would ever want! Love you both!💕

Kim Cutrer

August 3, 2018

I met Debbie when I started dating Robert. We both had wonderful memories with Debbie. She was our favorite bartender and we were her favorite married couple. I hope she and Robert are throwing a big party! Amber, do you remember the two of you being in our wedding? She was loved and will be missed by many.

Chris Frazier

August 3, 2018

The sweetest woman I’ve ever met! Beautiful inside and out. My favorite memory of Debbie was driving with her to a liquor store during a party at Ber’s house apparently we ran out of alcohol....and that would be the last time I drove in a car with her ! She scared the poop out of me lol not real sure how she ever passed her driving test. Mallory loved going with Nellie to Mimi’s house for a sleepover because her and Mark would make them virgin pina colada’s and spoil them rotten. Amber don’t think I should mention the hookah pipe lol.
All of us Frazier girls love y’all to the moon and back ! Your mommy will be greatly missed but out of pain now and with Mark ♥️

Kelly Degrado

August 3, 2018

Debbie was one of a kind! It always felt like going home when going to her house. She would always have food, wanted to make you something or she was ready to mix you up a drink only the way she could. She was always ready with a story and up for a good laugh. Football Sunday’s with her and Mark made for some great Sunday afternoons and ohhh the Halloween parties! I have so many great memories with her and this family. Debbie was a wonderful women with so many great qualities and I am grateful for having known her. My heart hurts for the loss of Debbie from our lives. I will pray for peace and comfort for the family, as I hold you all close to my heart. I rejoice for Debbie, she and Mark are together again; no pain...just love and I bet they are having a drink.

Kathy Withrow

August 2, 2018

Debbie was my first playmate. Although she was one year and one month younger than I, we shared many hours of fun at the end of an old country road. Across the road from her house sat a round rock water trough. She and I thought it was our own private swimming pool. It might have been two feet deep, but that didn't matter when you were with your best friend❣️