Nanette SMITH

Richmond, Virginia


Richmond, Virginia


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SMITH, Nanette L., of

Richmond, joined her heavenly Father Monday, December 5, 2011. Nanette was born on July 6, 1963. She now dances with Jesus. She courageously battled cancer for six years and is now assisting with heaven's work. Until they are joined again, Nanette leaves her husband, Lee Smith; daughter, Olivia; and son, Jake. Also remaining are her father, Frank Loehr; stepmother, Hazel; and father-in-law, Williard Smith; aunts, Alice Ligon and Mary Queen; brothers, Francis (Karen), Dennis (Paula), Glenn (Kathy), Roy (Linda); and sister, Thelma Ruhlen (Terry); nieces and nephews, Nik, Heather, Jeff, Jessica, Mark, Brett, Ross, Ryan, James, Peter, Aaron, Tim, Dawn, Shelley and Christy. She received a Bachelor of Science degree in Social Work from Virginia Commonwealth University. Nanette formerly worked for the Social Services Department in Goochland County and the Social Services Department in Henrico County. She then stayed home to raise her children and cared for neighborhood kids prior to working for Crestwood Elementary School where Jake and Olivia attended. She later worked for two home health care agencies part-time, American Home Care and Family Care. She then worked full-time for Heartland Hospice. Nanette's family and friends remember her for her organizational skills, her compassion, her commitment and her love of her Risen Savior. She was actively involved in the operation of the Brighton Green Swim Team and was an active member in the Brighton Green community. Nanette was a dynamic member of West End Assembly of God Church in Henrico County, where she taught Sunday School and served as a leader of the church's Kid's Choir. Nanette was active in several areas of Family Life Ministries, as well as the women's Joybreak class and MOYC-Mothers of Young Children. She also was a teacher and leader in vacation Bible school. A celebration of her life will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, December 9, 2011 at West End Assembly of God, 401 N. Parham Rd., Richmond, Va. 23229. In lieu of flowers, donations will be gladly accepted by the family to help offset the costs of medical expenses. Checks can be made out to Lee Smith, 9008 Anbern Dr., Richmond, Va. 23235. Donations will also be accepted at the reception.

This obituary was originally published in the Richmond Times-Dispatch.

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We have missed Nanette since she left work and we will continue to miss her quiet strength and her insight and ability. She inspired us all.

To the Smith Family. I had the pleasure of knowing Nanette from Mermaid Weekends on the Rappahannock River. Those were special times made even better with the presence of Nanette and her sister Thelma. Nanette was a real inspiration to me as she battled the horrible disease that ultimately took her from us. She never complained and always was a joy to be around. There are stories to be told but you know, what happens on Mermaid Weekend stays at the River. My thoughts and prayers are with...

Lee, I was very saddened to learn of the passing of your wife. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. May God bless you.

An angel has gone home. She will be missed

Nanette, I know you best as a fellow mermaid, and I can just see you swimming around with the angelfish now in a place that is even more beautiful and peaceful than the wonderful Rappahannock River. You were an inspiration to us all as you battled your illness with such dignity, grace and Christian hope.

I am so sorry. I remember all of us getting married around the same time. Such a beautiful lady with an amazing spirit. I remember going to her body building competition and her getting a trophy. She wasn't afraid to do anything.

Lee, I'm sorry for your loss. My prayers and thoughts are with you.