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Jeanne Howlett Schmid

March 16, 1925 – June 6, 2021

Jeanne Howlett Schmid

Our beautiful 96-year young mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, aunt and dear friend passed away on Sunday, June 6th at her daughter’s home in Pasadena, CA. She was surrounded by family as she gracefully exhaled on earth and inhaled in heaven, joining her cherished husband Ben and family and dear friends who rejoiced to welcome her.
Born into one of the original Los Angeles ranching families, Jeanne was raised in Hollywood, graduating from Hollywood High School. From an early age as best friend of child actress Jane Withers, Jeanne was immersed in the film industry and prominently featured in entertainment and publicity photos and news articles. That friendship endured and enriched her life through the years.
Childhood sweethearts in Hollywood, Jeanne married Ben in 1947 at the Stanford University Chapel, recalling the local news headline: “Ten years of friendship ends in marriage.”
Their first child Nancy was born in the Stanford Hospital, and they continued their lifelong preference for Stanford sports, especially when their twin granddaughters were co-captains of Stanford Soccer, despite their 3 children holding USC degrees!

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