HOUSTON — Fannie Jewell (Smith) Gambill, age 88, of Houston, and a resident of Shelby County for more than 30 years, passed away in Port Orange, Fla., on Thursday, Feb. 20, 2014, at 5:11 p.m. She had been residing at her daughter's home at 420 Clinton Cemetery Road, in Edgewater, Fla., when she passed. She was surrounded by her loving family.
Fannie was born June 12, 1925, in Johnson County, Ky., the daughter of the late Elige Smith and Annie Caudill Smith. On July 10, 1946 she married Malcolm J. Gambill, and he preceded her in death on March 17, 2013.
Fannie is survived by her children, Anna Lou Fry, of Miamisburg, Fred (Mary) Gambill, of Corbin, Ky., Rosemary (Rick) Bailey, of Norwalk, Ohio, Kathy Simpson, of Edgewater, Fla., Shirley (Dean) Daniels, of Norwalk, Ohio, Charlie (Bonnie) Gambill, of Houston, Cody (Roland) Toupin, of Edgewater, Fla., and James (Detra) Gambill, of Sidney; 33 grandchildren; 55 great-grandchildren; numerous great great-grandchildren; and sisters, Midge Baker and Myrtle Moore.
Fannie was preceded in death by her loving husband; brothers, Junior Smith, Herschel Smith, Joe-Ben Smith, Robert Smith, Riley Smith, Roy Smith; one sister, Faye Blackburn; one grandson, Joshua Kinnett.
Fannie was a longtime member of the Rumly Freewill Baptist Church. She had the distinct honor of being part of the five generations of living women in her family. She was a devoted and loving wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, great-great-grandmother, sister and a true friend to many.
Fannie had retired as a nurse's aide from the old Detmer Hospital in Troy, Ohio. Her greatest enjoyment came from being a wife and a homemaker. Fannie also loved to go fishing, play bingo, crochet and cook for her family. She will be deeply missed by all who knew her.
Funeral service will be at 10:30 a.m., Friday, Feb. 28, 2014, at the Adams Funeral Home, 1401 Fair Road, Sidney, with Pastor Ted C. Willis, of the Second Baptist Church of Piqua officiating. Burial will follow in Shelby Memory Gardens.
Family and friends may call from 4 to 7 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 27, at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Halifax Health and Hospice, Volusia County, 3800 Woodbriar Trail, Port Orange, FL 32129 in Fannie's memory.
Online memories may be expressed to the family on the Adams Funeral Home's web site at www.theadamsfuneralhome.com.