Florence Ethel Schmidt of Camarillo, an avid gardener, painter and loving mother, died Tuesday. She was 89.
Born July 15, 1907, in Carpenter, S. D., she lived on a farm much of her life.
Trained as a beautician, she married Kenneth R. Schmidt after moving to Madison, Wis. The couple and their four children moved to Van Nuys in 1952.
Daughter Phyllis Doyon said her mother moved to Camarillo in 1982 to be closer to her two daughters. In doing so, she gave up her three-bedroom home and a yard full of rosebushes and other flowers for a one-bedroom apartment.
But at the age of 76, Schmidt took up painting in watercolor, transforming her love for gardening and landscaping to the easel. She won first place in the amateur division at the Ventura County Fair the first time she entered in 1984, Doyon said, and won several fair awards in subsequent years.