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Nancy Elva Smith passed away on the tenth of June in the year 2020. Born April 18th, 1934 in Michigan, Nancy was gifted with an undeniable talent for nurturing and care. She was raised with the steadfast love of her mother, a longtime teacher, and her father, a farmer. This love fed her drive to be an unflappable pillar to her family and friends. Her vision of helping and care extended beyond the reaches or her family and into her community. She was an ever present leader in community care and outreach to the elderly and shut ins from organizing balanced meals to forming close relationships rooted in empathy and perspective. Nancy was a member of the First United Methodist Church and believed the youth program to be crucial to the future ahead for everyone involved. She was always willing to give what she could, summarizing her personal mission in life.

Cooking for her loved ones brought her great joy in life and, of course. the lives of her family, as her meals never disappointed. These memories of the scents that filled her home are enough to send me on a joyful journey through my past and are now helping me adjust to living in a world without her. I now fully comprehend that her presence alone, made anywhere she was feel like home. Especially now that I sit in the final earthly place she called home without her, I wonder if I will ever feel like this, anywhere else again. She was preceded in death by her daughter, Diane Smith, her son, Barry Smith and both of her parents, Dahl and Helen Young. She leaves behind her loving husband, Oliver “Red” Smith, her children, Brian, Greg and Carrie-Anne Smith. All of her grandchildren will miss her very much including Jason Smith, Barry Smith, Jennifer Smith, Megan Smith, Tyler Sanford, Kiera Smith, Rebecca Smith, and Leslie Smith. She leaves behind many loved great grandchildren who I pray will cherish their own memories of her.

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