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Nada Jean Smith Kerr

ATHENS: Nada Jean Smith Kerr, age 92, of Athens, passed away on August 8th, 2014, 12:12 AM, at O'Bleness Memorial Hospital. Nada was born in Lancaster, on August 6th, 1922 to the late, Frank E. and Myrtle Ginder Smith. She was raised at her parents business and residence, the Frank E. Smith Funeral Home. She graduated from Ohio State University and then met her late husband, R. Kenneth Kerr Jr. who owned Kerr Beverage Distribution Co., operating out of Athens, OH. Her wonderful personality was contagious. Nada was an amazing person who lived her life, always enjoying close friends, family, and contributing to the world. She believed that life was meant to be lived well.

Nada is survived by her son, R. Kenneth Kerr III and his wife, Theresa of Athens; daughter, Calista and her husband, Ron Strickmaker of Athens; five grandchildren, Kurt (Ann Marie) Strickmaker of Nashville, Stacey Jean Strickmaker of Athens, Erika (John) Rohrich of Chicago, R. Kenneth Kerr IV and friend, Brittany Dishong both of SC, and A.J. (Dr. Anna) Kerr of Columbus; and great grandchildren, Owen Strickmaker, Colin Strickmaker, Evie Jean Strickmaker, and Zoe Rohrich, and Lukas Rohrich.

Nada was preceded in death by her husband, R. Kenneth Kerr Jr., 1991; daughter, Deborah May Kerr,1951; and parents.

Visitation has taken place in Athens, along with a private family graveside service at Maple Grove Cemetery in Lancaster. Arrangements were made through the FRANK E. SMITH FUNERAL HOME. Memorials can be made in Nada's name to the First Presbyterian Church of Athens; ACVNA Hospice; or the Foundation for Appalachian Ohio, P.O. Box 456, Nelsonville, OH 45767. Online condolences can be made at

Published in the Lancaster Eagle-Gazette on Aug. 31, 2014
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