A final goodbye to Ipswich's oldest woman, aged 106

FAMILY WOMAN: Eva Schmidt will be remembered as an optimist who loved cooking, gardening and spending time with her family.
FAMILY WOMAN: Eva Schmidt will be remembered as an optimist who loved cooking, gardening and spending time with her family. Rob Williams

THE woman thought to be Ipswich's oldest resident will be remembered as a loving great-grandmother who always looked on the bright side of life.

Eva Schmidt died peacefully last Wednesday, just a few weeks short of her 107th birthday.

"She always took everything in her stride and never let anything worry her," daughter Val Haag said.

"Her mind was still good right to the very last but she said she was ready to go."

The great-grandmother was born on February 25, 1909 and had seen a lot of change in her time living in Ipswich.

Mrs Schmidt grew up in Mt Mort and, after leaving school, worked on her parents' dairy farm.

She spent her free time as a teenager at the Rosevale dances before settling down and marrying Albert Schmidt in 1932.

A young Eva Schmidt with her mother Minnie and daughters Norma and Val (left).
A young Eva Schmidt with her mother Minnie and daughters Norma and Val (left). Contributed

The couple started their family in Rosewood and during their time there had three children, Val, Norma and Bevil.

During the Second World War Mrs Schmidt's husband Albert served in the Civil Constructional Corps in Queensland and the pair bought a property at Warrill View once the war ended.

"There they continued dairying for 25 years," Mrs Haag said.

"In 1970 they moved to Brassall to retire."

Mrs Haag said her mother's greatest interests were her church and gardening.

"She took pride in donating many pot plants for church stalls at St Luke's Lutheran Church Ipswich until its closure," she said.

"She also participated in activities like bingo and craft."

Eva Schmidt with her great- grandson Thomas Haag (right).
Eva Schmidt with her great- grandson Thomas Haag (right). Contributed

The great-great- grandmother of 16 spent her final years being cared for at Blue Care Brassall Village Aged Care Facility.

Mrs Schmidt's funeral will be held at Bethany Lutheran Church in Raceview tomorrow from 9am.

She is survived by her three children, 11 grandchildren, 19 great grandchildren and 16 great-great grandchildren.

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