NORMAL - Nellie Ann Smith, 70, of Normal passed away on Thursday, March 28, 2013, at OSF Saint Francis Medical Center in Peoria.
Nellie was thought of by family and friends as a little ball of love. That was the kind of woman Nellie was: a hard worker, always considerate, always loving, willing to lend a hand and always inspiring others.
Her main mission was to care for her family, however, Nellie would often silently sponsor and donate to the economically challenged by providing monetary and personal items to non-profit agencies in her community.
Nellie was also known to see someone in need, extend a prayer and hand them a gift of love. Nellie impacted so many lives and her contributions will be remembered by many even in her passing.
Nellie's caring heart will be missed in these challenging times; she was truly a spiritual mother to all that knew her.
Nellie was born in Mobile, Ala., on Aug. 21, 1942, the daughter of Johnnie and Lizzie Phillips. She was preceded in death by her parents and one brother, Leo Phillips.
She married Christopher Ross and they had three children. Her second husband, Otis Smith, preceded her in death in 1996.
Nellie is survived by two sons, Christopher and Golsbie Ross, both of Normal; one daughter, Cassandra Spicer of Normal; two grandchildren, Caleb and Joshua Spicer; eight brothers, Johnnie, Marshall and George Phillips, all of Mobile, Ala., Richard Phillips of Gardina, Calif., Gregory Phillips of Portland, Ore., Nathaniel Phillips of Los Angeles, Calif., Neveed Phillips and Prentice Phillips of Oakland, Calif.; and two sisters, Brenda Phillips of Desoto, Texas, and Elizabeth Phillips of Portland, Ore.
She was a member of Indiana Pentecostal Church in Chicago and Pentecostal Church of Jesus Christ in Peoria, Ill.
Nellie is loved by many and missed by all who knew her.
Funeral services will be 12 noon on Saturday, April 6, 2013, at Christ Temple Pentecostal Church in Bloomington. Visitation will be two hours prior to service. Pastor Melvin Campbell will officiate. Burial will be in Scogin Hill Cemetery in Bloomington.
Memorials may be made to Home Sweet Home Ministries in Bloomington. Ill.
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