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NITA (NANA) SWEARINGIN SMITH Juanita Smith, born December 27, 1933 in rural Tennesee, was the youngest of 3 a young adult, she lived in La Puente, CA moving to Mesa, WA in 1964 with husband Jack Smith, sons Gary and Scott, daughter Jackie Smith. She lived in Mesa 52 years. After 2 hip replacement surgeries and 6 months of rehabilitation, Nita was taken to her son Scott's home in Kennewick on 4-1-16. under the blessed guidance of hospice she passed away on 4-7-16 from pnemonia & congenitive heart failure. Scott and Nita shared a devotely close, respectful and supportive mother-son relationship throughout her life. he cared for her daily the past 6 months, fixed up a house for her & her 5 pets to move to close to his home & moved her 52 yrs of household treasures. Sadly, she never got to see her new Kennewick home. She was so grateful for his devotion. Her greatest joy was seeing or hearing about Scott's various adventures and hobbies of golfing, fishing, hunting and fathering his 2 daughters, Shea (27) & Michaella (23). Nita thouroughly enjoyed spoiling her only 2 grandchildren and was a very strong presence in their lives. As young children the girls often spent weekends at Nana's and she would do whatever the girls wanted. The sky was the limit. Nita rarely would go more than a week without seeing her grand-daughters despite often working 6 or 7 day weeks. The girls truly cherished their time & many fun memories with Nana. She was a "cool" senior citizen that never acted her age, thank goodness. At 62, Nita retired as a manifester from Lamb Weston, Conagra, in Connell WA where she was good friends with many of her co-workers. Preceded in death by husband of 45 yrs, Jack Smith, daughter Jackie Scoville, sisters Millie and Helen Survived by sons Gary, Connell, WA & Scott (Megan) Kennewick, grand-daughters Shea (Adam) Giordano, Mesa, AZ & Michaella "Mo" Smith, Kennewick. At her request she will be cremated & no service. The family invites you to sign onto Nita's guestbook @www.lifetributescenter. com
Published in Tri-City Herald on Apr. 17, 2016