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Nancy Ann Smith

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Nancy A Smith, 81, of Gaylord, passed away surrounded by family Wednesday, May 26, 2021.

She was born the daughter of Harry E. and Helen R. (Ouellette) Nelson in Kalamazoo, Michigan on July 2, 1939.

Nancy cherished spending time with family and friends.  She also enjoyed boating and traveling.  Nancy was known for her kindness and grace.

She was preceded in death by her parents; brother, Ted Nelson; sister, Patricia (Elden) King; and sister in law Rosemary Nelson.

Nancy is survived by her loving husband of 57 years Jack L.; children, Stacey Smith, Jack M. (Susan Day) Smith; beloved grandchildren, Brendan, Olivia, and Erik; brothers, Richard Nelson and Tom (Bonnie) Nelson; and many nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in her honor may be made to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, (through the link provided), or through the Nelson Funeral Home, PO Box 1548, Gaylord, MI 49734.

Arrangements were entrusted to Nelson Funeral Home and Cremation Service, PO Box 1548, Gaylord, MI 49734.

9 comments on “Nancy Ann Smith”

  1. I’m am so saddened by this news. Nancy was the most kind and wonderful person. Being with her was always enjoyable. Wonderful energy! She will be missed and I will cherish her memory. Sending healing thoughts and prayers to the family.

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  2. Cathy Kapolka Essenmacher

    My heart breaks hearing this news. Nancy, you were one of the kindest people I’ve ever met and I will cherish the long phone visits we had. Rest easy, cousin…see you again one day. xo.

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  3. My heart hurts with the news of your passing, Mrs. Smith. You were my mom’s best friend for over 50 years. What a wonderful friendship our families have had over those years. You had a beautiful smile, a distinctive voice, an infectious laugh and a heart of gold! I will cherish all my fond memories of you always. I’m at peace knowing you will no longer suffer. Although you will no longer be here in person you will ALWAYS be in our hearts! xoxo

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  4. Dieter and DJ Boehm

    Nancy Smith was a beautiful, kind person with a lovely sense of humor. We are saddened by her passing and grateful for having known her. As Irving Berlin said, “The song is ended, but the melody lingers on…”

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  5. Ron/Joan Klinger

    We have many happy memories of times spent with Nancy and Jack. Nancy was such a gracious and kind lady, a role model for all young women.

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  6. Nancy was a shining light at any time. Such good memories of her kind soul and wonderful smile. I have been blessed to have had her in my life. Forever remembered, forever loved. To her family, I pray you will find peace during this difficult time, and I pray you will find joy and celebrate a life well-lived, and a woman much loved.

    • I am so sad about this. Mrs. Smith, aka, Mrs. Nancy, was such a beautiful person inside and out. The memories of all of our Christmas Eve’s spent together will always be very special to me. I can picture coming home from school and seeing Mrs. Smith and my mom sitting in our kitchen frosting each other’s hair. What great memories those are. I believe my dad was waiting with open arms for her so they can continue their friendship in heaven.

      • Nancy was such a gracious sweet person. Always a pleasure to be around. Our hearts are with you and your family, Jack.

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