Sunny Gayle Schmidt, age 61, born in Denver, CO passed onto her next life on January 9, 2023, after a fierce three-month battle with a tragic ruptured brain aneurysm.
Sunny is survived by her husband Jon, her four children, Ashleigh, Aspen, Sam, and Macy, and her grandbaby Piper.
Sunny was aptly named for the role that she played in the lives of everyone who was lucky enough to encounter her. Sunny was the living embodiment of actual sunshine. Sunny is a mother, a grandmother (nummy), a sister, a daughter, a wife, an auntie, and a best friend. She lived a full life spent bringing enough magic into the lives of her four children and grandbaby to fill many lifetimes. Those that know her, know that she lived and breathed for her family, and played the role of doting, and loving mother to many.
From hand-sewn Halloween costumes, and edible cake science projects, event planning skills to take your breath away, to the most opulent and stunning holidays, filled with enough incredible food to feed 12, Sunny was the closest thing to magic we’ve ever experienced.
To call Sunny a chef is a true understatement. All those who have ever tasted her food know that it was the kind of food that fed your soul, not just your belly. Her cooking was nothing short of legendary. Sunny rarely used a recipe. She let her hands and heart guide her, and it was immaculate and delicious every single time. Her food was our love language.
Watching her face light up with joy when she talked about her grandbaby was so pure and beautiful. They are twin flames, and her spirit and personality lives so strongly in that perfect little miracle we call Piper Jaymes.
Sunny never stopped giving, never asking for recognition or anything in return. The world will never know another like her. Her courage, strength, resilience, and grace carried her through to the very end, and will continue to inspire those who loved her to live the kind of life that she did. Spreading endless and unconditional love, even to strangers.
It’s hard to articulate just how much adversity Sunny overcame in her lifetime, not to mention the fierce battle she put up until her last earthly breath. Sunny never let those hardships define or limit her. Instead, she channeled it into being a person so brimming with goodness, love and kindness, so cherished and adored by all.
Sunny was easily the funniest person in the entire world, and will no doubt keep us laughing for eternity. While the pain of losing her will never fully heal, our abundant happy memories of her will carry us through on our hardest days.
Some of Sunny’s favorite things include the simplest things in life. A fresh loaf of warm bread, a hot cup of coffee, a good book, sand under her feet, all her babies under one roof, dance parties in the kitchen, a hot bath, planting flowers in her garden, a pedicure, movie theatre popcorn, an Anthropologie outfit, some nice lipstick, a good hike, and always, the sunshine on her face.
We humbly ask that each time you feel the warmth of the sunshine of your face, you know that this is our Sunny, reminding us that she is always here with us, guiding us, and enveloping us in a cocoon of love so strong it will never be severed. Her love nourished us and has left a legacy that will never be replicated, though we will never stop trying. Forever our sunshine.
A celebration of life will be announced at a later date.