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Doris June "Jean" Estes-Bentzinger Schmidt
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Birth: Mar. 3, 1927
Otero County
Colorado, USA
Death: Dec. 2, 2003
Maricopa County
Arizona, USA

Born: March 3, 1927 Doris June Estes
Died: December 2, 2003 Jean Schoenewald
Mesa, Arizona. Cause of Death: Brain Tumor

Her were Birth Parents:
Father: Charles Dee Estes
Mother: Matilda Estes (Kiel)

Jean was born into extreme poverty with her siblings in a time of "The Dust Bowl" years and the Great Depression.

Donna Jean Estes Manley 1931 - Living
Bernis L. Estes Juhl 1925 - Living
Charles Murl Estes 1924 - 2011
Evelyn Estes Thorpe 1922 - Living

She was the only Estes Child adopted with a handwritten letter of consent from her mother on May 24, 1933 It was likely that it was the result of pressure from local and municipal authorities while living in a boarding house known as the Hopkins Hotel in Tecumseh, Nebraska. It was also a time when thousands of depression children from the eastern United States were being adopted by farming families in Nebraska.

Legally Adoption Granted 17 Aug 1933
Adopted parents were:
Dora Buehler Bentzinger: F.A.G ID# 58336016
Arthur Bentzinger : F.A.G ID# 58336017

She graduated from Lincoln High School in June 1944. She Married her first husband Robert L. Schmidt August 8, 1946 in Lincoln, Nebraska after meeting him while he was stationed at Army Air Corps Base after his service in World War II.

Robert and Doris "Jean" Schmidt and had four sons. Jean's legally adopted name was Bentzinger on her marriage Certificate and her birth certificate remained as Estes.

Her son's names in Birth order below;

William A. Schmidt - Born 1948 in Athens, OH. William assumed the efforts to document the Schmidt Family Ancestry when Aunt Lois, died February 8, 2010. Resides in Thurmont, MD.

James R. Schmidt - Born September 26, 1949 in Athens, OH. James, also a veteran, served in Viet Nam in a Vehicle Maintenance Division. On April 2, 2004, he succumbed to massive effects of cancer and preceded his father in death. His earthly remains are interred at Quantico National Cemetery.

Daniel D. Schmidt - Born 1955 in Washington D.C. Daniel served in the U.S. Navy. Resides in Idaho or Arizona.

Andrew A. Schmidt - Born 1962 in Washington, D.C. and resides in Tennessee. Andy's wife Lisa, an experienced family historian, created "Jean's Life History Book" to pass on to Jean's sons.

Jean and Robert were divorced in 1972 and she married again in 1992 to Mr. Tommy J Schoenewald. It was the loving and religious marriage she cherished in the final years of her life. Tommy is resides in Wyoming.
Family links: 
  Charles Dee Estes (1902 - 1966)
  Matilda Kiel Estes-Baker (1904 - 1995)
  Robert Leonard Schmidt (1921 - 2004)
  James Robert Schmidt (1949 - 2004)*
  Murl Charles Estes (1924 - 2011)*
  Doris June Estes-Bentzinger Schmidt (1927 - 2003)
  Donna L Hunteman (1930 - 2014)*
  Curtis Meade Baker (1938 - 2015)**
*Calculated relationship
Cremated, Ashes scattered.
Created by: FamilyManic
Record added: Jan 17, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 64315897
Doris June Jean <i>Estes-Bentzinger</i> Schmidt
Added by: FamilyManic
Doris June Jean <i>Estes-Bentzinger</i> Schmidt
Added by: FamilyManic
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