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Nancy Smith


1933 - 2020
Nancy Smith Obituary
December 6, 1933 - January 2, 2020 Nancy Carol Smith, wife of former Westminster Mayor and Orange County Supervisor, Charles V. Smith, passed away peacefully surrounded by her loving family on January 2, 2020 in Murrieta, CA. Nancy was born in Bath, Maine on December 6, 1933 to Paul and Arlene (Clark) Johnson. She grew up on a farm in beautiful Weeks Mills, Maine, but as a young adult moved across the country to the golden state of California. It was there that she met another recent California transplant, and her future husband, Chuck Smith. Together they loved, raised, and parented four children in their adopted hometown of Westminster. Soon after moving to Westminster in the early 1960s, Nancy joined the newly begun Westminster Community Theatre (WCT) where she indulged her love of acting. Along with other dedicated members of WCT, Nancy was an integral part of raising the necessary funds to build a permanent home for the theatre by 1974. Nancy always found ways with her "can do" attitude to make a positive difference. Besides the Westminster Community Theatre, she was involved in charities and organizations such as LeTip, Girl Scouts, Soroptimists, and Shelter for the Homeless. She was also always quick to help out a family member, friend, stranger, or animal in need. As the proud owner of the "Hair-We-Are" beauty salon in Westminster, Nancy was a successful local businesswoman. In addition, she was also a true partner with her husband, Chuck, as he discharged his duties as Westminster Mayor and O.C. Supervisor for almost two decades. This farm girl from Maine met and dined with presidents, governors, first ladies, and celebrities. She traveled the world and lived life to the fullest. However, it was her love for family, friends, and pets that most defined this elegant, beautiful lady whose smile could light up a room. Nancy was predeceased by her husband of 52 years, Charles V. Smith; her parents, Paul and Arlene Johnson; and her brother, Larry Johnson. Nancy is survived by her four children, Robin Summers (Richard) of Winchester; Jeff Smith (Shelly) of Murrieta; Stacy Munoz of Murrieta; and Scott Smith of Murrieta. She is also survived by nine grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. There will be a memorial service on Sunday, January 19th at 2:00 p.m. at the England Family Mortuary in Temecula. All who knew and loved Nancy are welcome to attend. There will be a private interment at Riverside National Cemetery on Tuesday, January 21st. In lieu of flowers our family would welcome donations to Westminster Community Playhouse, P.O. Box 764, Westminster, CA 92684. Please write "Nancy Smith" on the memo line.

Published in Orange County Register on Jan. 12, 2020
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