Ella Mae Schmidt/Sinclair passed away peacefully at home on Jan. 6, 2021. She was born Feb. 14, 1927 in South Dakota to parents William Kirk and Ella Bertha Starks.
She moved to Oregon when she was 18 years old and met Merle Sinclair whom she married on March 6, 1948. They welcomed the birth of their 5 children, Pamela, Linda, Mitchell (Buzz), Rodney (Shorty) and Carolyn.
In 1958 they moved to Wilton fulfilling her husband's dream of having a dairy. It soon became her passion as well. In 1966 they moved to Galt and continued their dairy business until the passing of her husband of 31 years on July 21, 1979.
In 1983 she married Milton Schmidt. They were married approximately 10 happy years before his passing.
She was a loving, caring woman and shared that love with the children at Peter's Home for Children where she worked for 28 years.
She loved the outdoors. She kept herself busy during her retirement years by raising her baby calves and taking care of her flowers. If she didn't have enough flowers she enjoyed shopping for more. She also enjoyed visiting friends and family near and far traveling to many destinations all over the world.
The highlights of her life were her grandchildren. She would stop what she was doing when they came to visit. Their visit would consist of a tour of the farm and visit every farm animal
Mae lived a long and healthy life. She is preceded in death by her parents, 5 siblings and her youngest daughter Carolyn Bauer.
She is survived by her daughters Pam Rosano (Jerry) of Missouri, Linda McCoy (Jim) of Galt, her two sons Mitchell Sinclair (Debbie), Rodney Sinclair (Shaleigh) also of Galt, and son-in-law Ron Bauer of Tennessee.
She also leaves behind 13 grandchildren, 20 great grandchildren and 2 great great grandchildren.
Mae was laid to rest Jan. 21, 2021 at East Lawn Cemetery Elk Grove CA.