Kaye Schmechel ("Grandma" to all who know her) celebreated her 90th birthday on Oct. 3, 2015, with her church family at a potluck in Newburg, Ore. She celebreated again with her immediate family on the evening of Oct. 10.
Kaye Pauline Boepple was born on Oct. 6, 1925, at home in Medicine Hat, Alberta, Canada. Hfamily moved to Filer, Idaho, when she was 6 weeks old. She was the eighth child of 10, with five brothers and four sisters.
She married the love of her life, Chester R. Schmechel, in 1945 and lived happily through 69 years with him, until Chet passed away in 2014. Kaye lives with her daughter, Penny, and son-in-law, Doug Ausmus, on their farm near Newberg. She has 8 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.