Mildred Lee Atkins (Nana) Smith, 89, of Roanoke, met her Lord face to face on Tuesday, April 16, 2013. She was preceded in death by her husband, Paul H. Smith; her parents, Thomas and Myrtle Atkins; and her sisters, Carlista Blankenship, Bernice Adkins and Rachel Epperly. She is survived by her children, Tommy (Nellie) Smith and Jeanie (Terry) VandeLinde; grandchildren, Chip (Teresa) Smith, Tim (Tara) Smith, Chris (Nicole) VandeLinde, Andy (Laura) Smith, Ryan (Erin) VandeLinde, and Erin Elizabeth VandeLinde; and great-grandchildren, Zac Smith, Cole Smith, Caleb Smith, Anna Smith, Micah VandeLinde, Morgan VandeLinde, Tate VandeLinde, Josiah VandeLinde and Ariel Smith.
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She was a devoted daughter, faithful wife, nurturing mom and since the birth of her first grandchild, she became "Nana" to everyone who knew her. She was a gentle, kind, loving lady with the heart of a true servant. One of the greatest joys of her life was preparing traditional southern meals for her family complete with homemade desserts. "Friday night dinner at Pop and Nana's" was a cherished tradition for family, friends and anyone who happened by.
Nana was a faithful follower of Jesus Christ and was a longtime member of New Hope Christian Church where she taught a children's Sunday School class, sang in the choir and spent countless hours in Bible study and prayer. She never hesitated to lovingly share her belief with others, whether they be family, friend, or new acquaintance.
For many years, she was an active member of Woodmen of the World where she participated in various community and fraternal endeavors.
Services will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, April 20, 2013, at New Hope Christian Church, 4229 Welcome Valley Road, Roanoke. Her grandchildren will conduct the service with the assistance of Mickey Derrow and Barry Clark. Interment will be held in Sherwood Memorial Park. The family will receive friends at Oakey's South Chapel on Thursday, April 18, 2013, and on Friday, April 19, 2013, from 6 to 8 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Eastern Dominican Mission, c/o New Hope Christian Church. Please call the church office at 540-774-7567 for details.
The family would like to extend a heartfelt thanks to the magnificent staff at Emeritus at Roanoke and Southern Care Hospice Service for assisting Nana and the family in a very special way.
Arrangements by Oakey's South Chapel, 540-989-3131. www.Oakeys.com
Published in Roanoke Times from Apr. 18 to Apr. 20, 2013