Peggy Jean Schmidt, age 60 of Beatrice passed away on August 2, 2021 at her home. She was born in Amarillo, Texas on January 29, 1961. She was given up for adoption as an infant and raised until the age of 11 in an orphanage in Portales, NM. Peggy moved into 2 different foster homes until the age of 15. She moved out on her own, managed to stay in school full time, and worked 2 part time jobs. After a year of managing successfully on her own, the state of Texas granted her emancipation, so she was no longer a ward of the state.\nPeggy graduated with honors from Friona High School, moving onto new locations that took her to Fort Worth, San Angelo, and Farwell, TX. Then her adventures also took her to Erick, Oklahoma, and Fairmont, Wymore, Merna and finally settling in Beatrice, NE with her son, AJ, whom she was blessed by God to adopt.\nPeggy's life centered around AJ. She felt very blessed every day to have the opportunity to adopted openly with the biological mother and keep communication open throughout the years, which led to a very special bond between Peggy and the mother that continued till the end.\nPeggy worked here in Beatrice, part time for Kiddie Campus Day Care, enjoying the children and her co-workers and the owner, Julie Barnard, whom she had great respect for. She finally had the opportunity to use her education by working at BSDC as the medical records clerk - a job she was passionate about. Those the knew her knew she loved filing, and having everything in its place, and did not want people messing with her charts. She started at BSDC in March of 2008, becoming good friends with her manager, Janet Trout. A friendship she held very dear. She met and became close friends with Bonny Walker who remained her friend and support to the end. Peggy said she never could repay all of Bonny's kindness. She remarked one time that if she could have been raised by a family she thought Bonny is what she imagined a sister would be like.\nPeggy battled many heath issues: congestive heart failure, diabetes, kidney disease and finally renal failure. She fought hard, but after so many years, her body was just too tired to fight any longer, and she was at peace and was ready to move on to her next adventure with Christ. She knew all she had been promised of happiness, no fear, no sorrow would all be waiting for her.\nShe leaves her son, AJ; her beautiful girl, Samantha; goddaughters, Tayler, Dana and Raelynn; special friends, Donna and Chrystal; special neighbors, Linda Siems and Rosemary Rippe of more than 11 years; and of course, ALL her co-workers and friends from BSDC - who she so enjoyed working and laughing with.\nA celebration of life will be held at a later date. Per Peggy's wishes, there will be no viewing or visitation as cremation has taken place. Memorial contributions may be directed toward her son, AJ for future designation. Sign Peggy's online register book at www.ghchapel.com. These services have been entrusted to Griffiths-Hovendick Chapel in Beatrice.