Carol Ann Nemmers Kurth was born Jan. 14, 1940, in San Diego, Calif., to Joseph and Mary Ella Nemmers. She was raised all over the country due to her father's work as a contractor. She attended Ohio State, Marquette University and Dakota Wesleyan University, where she acquired several degrees, including an RN and a BSN.
She married Robert Schmidt Sr. and had four children; three sons and a daughter.
One of her biggest passions in life was fishing, where she was able to attain several coveted awards in the Great Lakes salmon and trout fishing tournaments. Carol was an amazing cook who could create wonderful works of art from scratch.
In 1979, she married James Kurth. They lived in Chicago, Il. before deciding to move to Mitchell, S.D. While in South Dakota, Carol finished her nursing degrees and decided to accept a job in Big Spring, Texas, with the VA Medical Center, where she worked for almost 20 years. She was active in the community until a work injury disabled her in 2000.
Until her passing, she remained as active as possible and had eagerly hoped to return to her career in nursing because her instinctive need to care for others was so deeply engrained in her.
She was preceded in death by her oldest son, Michael Schmidt in 2012. Her husband and three children were by her side when she went to meet her Lord and Savior.
Carol Kurth passed away at 5:28 p.m. Jan. 22, 2014, at Kindred Hospital-Southwest in Fort Worth, Texas. Carol was the type of person you rarely get the chance to come across in this life. Her smile was infectious and she was loved by everyone who was lucky enough to know her. She will be tremendously missed by everyone.
Carol Kurth is survived by her husband, James Kurth; her sons, Robert F. Schmidt Jr. and David Schmidt and wife Tara; daughter, Kathleen Tiner and husband Brian; several grandchildren, Jonathan Schmidt, Kyla Hall, Brandon Hall, Kirsten Hall and Brooke Tiner; and other extended family members.