Nancy Smith

Nancy Smith

Nancy Lee (Sanford) Smith of Plainwell, Michigan, passed away Sunday, December 30, 2012, in Allegan. Nancy was born an identical twin with Diane Lynn Sanford on December 17, 1947 in Shelby, Michigan, to Robert and Evelyn (Grant) Sanford.

In her youth she was a Camp Fire Girl and a member of Youth Fellowship in Holland and Shelby. She graduated from Shelby High School, where she met her husband, Gordon. Nancy attended Mercy Central School of Nursing, Grand Rapids Community College and Muskegon Business School, and received hospice training in Mason County. She had been employed with several nursing homes in the West Michigan area and her passion was with Hospice work. She was an active church member, most recently joining Peace Ev. Lutheran Church in Otsego. Nancy was always eager to help whenever she had the opportunity. She and her husband enjoyed spending time with family, staying at family cottages and spent many hours in Pentwater water skiing and hydroplaning on Pentwater Lake. In her leisure time Nancy loved to bake, work on genealogy, cross stitch, spend time with friends and laugh.

On August 11, 1967 in Shelby, MI she married Gordon Smith, who survives. Also surviving are 2 sons and a daughter, Christopher Smith of Eaton Rapids, Jennifer Barlow of Ashland, OH and Robert Smith of Kalamazoo; 7 grandchildren, Chris Roe, Hailey Smith, Nick Smith, Jacob Harper, Nevaeh Smith, Elijah Barlow and Gabriel Barlow; a special nephew, Sloane Williams; 2 brothers, Robert (Karen) Sanford and John (Betsy) Sanford; numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins.

She was preceded in death by her parents and her twin sister, Diane Sanford Sailor Davis.

Cremation has taken place. A Memorial Service will be held at 11:00 A.M. Wednesday, January 9, 2013 at Peace Ev. Lutheran Church, Otsego, Pastors Jason Thiel and Josh Olson officiating.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in memory of Nancy may be made to Wings of Hope Hospice.

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  1. Mary & Lee Swainston says:

    Gordon we have been praying for you and Nancy as well as the family our prayers are with you now in this time. Always know God is at your side.

  2. Linda Holcomb says:

    Gordon so sorry to hear of the passing of Nancy. Just know that she is free from all pain and suffering. You are in my prayers with the rest of the family. You now will have a very special angel looking down at you.

  3. Deb Miller Jeffery says:

    May you be in Gods Grace in the coming days. Prayers are wiith you Mr.Smith and your family.

  4. Deb and Jim Mitteer says:

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. May God wrap His loving arms around you, and may you find peace knowing she is free from pain and suffering.

  5. Ann and John Peterson & Family says:

    Our sincere thoughts and prayers are with you all.

  6. Jeanette Andrews says:

    Nancy will be greatly missed for her humor and her living life to the fullest. She shared these gifts with so many. We need to live this legacy dedicated to her life. My thoughts & prayers are with you. She was a beautiful friend & cousin.

  7. Sharon D. Stuard says:

    Saying prayers for Nancy’s family, such a beautiful picture of Nancy. I was never lucky enough to meet Nancy in person only a friend on FB. May God hold your family close for comfort.

  8. Larry & Jan Norman says:

    Gord, You and your loving family are in our thoughts and prayers.

    Proverbs 3:5-6

  9. Tammy says:

    Rest in peace.

  10. Burl and Marlene Near says:

    Grace and peace to your family Gordie. Nancy will be missed. God Bless!

  11. Larry & Barb Alderink says:

    Gordon, we are thinking of you and your family. We loved Nancy, and know that there will be a void in all of our lives without her. Our love and prayers are with you and your family.

  12. Christopher says:

    R.I.P. Mom – I Love You & will forever miss you!

  13. Stan and Barb Near says:

    Bless your family in your time of grief and
    RIP Nancy.

  14. Craig and Susie LeaTrea says:

    Gordie, We are thinking of you with love and concern. The class of ’65 also sends their deepest sympanthy. Bless you and yours.

  15. Estille Nancy Wooten says:

    Gorden WE are thinking of you today. we are praying for Gods blessing and peace. Iam going to miss Nancy,but Gods plan is perfect but we do not understands when our loved ones are taken, But God will give you the peace and understanding in all of this. Keep in touch. Love and Friendship . Estille Nancy.

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