Woman Gives Family Amazing Gift Years After Her Death

As Brenda Schmitz struggled with the ovarian cancer that would take her life in 2011, she prepared a gift that her family would not receive for nearly two years.

As Brenda Schmitz struggled with the ovarian cancer that would take her life in 2011, she prepared a gift that her family would not receive for nearly two years.

Without the knowledge of her family, Brenda arranged with a friend to implement her plans “when it was time.” Once her husband, David Schmitz, had moved on and had found someone to spend his life with again, the friend was instructed to submit a letter that Brenda had written to Des Moines radio station, KSTZ. The letter detailed three wishes that she had for her family and loved ones.

David was brought into the station, having no idea what was to come. After emotionally describing his wife’s good nature, David had the letter read to him on air, increasingly tearing up as he heard Brenda’s final wishes.

“First, for David’s new life-long partner, a day or better yet, a weekend, of pampering in all aspects of her life. She deserves it,” she wrote. “Make her smile, and know her efforts are truly appreciated from me. Thank you. I love you, whoever you are.”

Her second wish was for David and his new blended family to go on a magical vacation “where they all can enjoy their company and companionship as a family and create those memories that will be with them forever."


David Schmitz and family, including new partner, Jayne.

Her third and final wish was for a night of food, drink and fun for the Mercy Hospital staff that took care of her while she battled ovarian cancer.

In response to his wife’s thoughtful and touching steps, David stated, "It's not surprising, because in the last year and a half, she’s shown so many signs that she’s there.”

As per her wishes, the radio station arranged for the family of eight to go on a magical trip to Disney World, with his new partner, Jayne Abraham, set to receive her pampered treatment while they are there. Additionally, they arranged for the “unsung heroes” of Mercy Hospital are set to receive three coordinated food drops in Brenda’s name. 

Brenda Schmitz
Brenda Schmitz 

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