Nellie Smith, of Lodi, passed away on April 1, 2013. She was born in Greenfield, Massachusetts to Francis and Mary (Whitaker) Wray on January 26, 1918. At a young age, Nellie moved with her family to Oakland, CA. She attended school there until she married Fred F. Smith, Sr. in 1936. Fred passed away in 2001, after 65 years of marriage. Also preceding Nellie in death were her sisters, Lea, Bea, May, and Grace and her granddaughter, Nellie Marie Smith. Nellie and Fred Sr. were very active members of Century Assembly Church for many years. Nellie is survived by her children: Mary Berberich of Dana Point, CA, Fred (wife, Letha) Smith, Jr., Ivy (husband, John) Miller, and DeAnna Smith; seven grandchildren: Loretta Asman, Renate Gaudino, Raymond Clark, Fred Smith, III, Laura King, Terry Krause, and Troy Krause; 13 great grandchildren; one great great grandchild; and two nieces that were very special to her, Verna Stokes and Donna Tyler She was a beloved mother whose loving heart and sense of humor will be greatly missed by all. A private service will be held for the family. Lodi Funeral Home is assisting with arrangements.
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Published in Lodi News-Sentinel from Apr. 3 to Apr. 10, 2013