Nell Marie Smith, February 1, 1922~December 18, 2014

Nell Smith for bookNell Marie Smith, 92, of Fayetteville went to be with her Lord on December 18, 2014 at the Willard Walker Hospice Home in Fayetteville.  She was born February 1, 1922 in Tacoma, WA. to Esther Thompson Bishop and Lynn T. Bishop.

She married Neal B. Smith August 18, 1940.  They were married 55 years, until his death.  Also preceded in death by a son, Ronald Smith.  Neal and Nell retired to Fayetteville in 1978 from Newport Beach, CA.

Nell enjoyed morning bike rides to the beach, gardening, Bible studies, making cookies and nurturing her grandchildren.  She was sustained by her strong faith in Jesus Christ as her Savior.

She is survived by daughters, Patricia Joslyn and husband, David; and Judi Lee, both of Fayetteville; daughter-in-law, Sharon Black and husband, Bill of Newington, N.H.; grandchildren, Debbie Tuttle and husband, Larry; John K. Carpenter and wife, Cristina; and Kimberly Snodgrass and husband, Eric, all of Fayetteville; Laurie Jefferies of Exeter, N.H.; and Jeff Lowe and wife, Tonja of Fountain Valley, CA.; as well as numerous great-grandchildren and great-great- grandchildren.

Memorial services will be held at 12:00 P.M. Monday, December 29, 2014 at St. James Missionary Baptist Church with Pastor Curtiss Smith officiating.

Memorials may be made to the Willard Walker Hospice Home or St. James Missionary Baptist Church.

Cremation arrangements by Beard’s Funeral Chapel and Crematory.

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    JoAnn Morlan » 27. Dec, 2014

    I, knew Nell from our time at Lake Hills Church. She and Neal were the first to greet me on my first visit to LHC. She was a loving, precious lady. The world is a better place for her having been here. My sincere condolences to her family.

    Tom Skipper » 28. Dec, 2014

    I regret I cannot be at the memorial service on Monday. I believe Nell Smith is as close I have ever come to an angel. I had the privilege of selling Nell’s house on Hwy. 16E (thanks to John Carpenter, her grandson), and she was such a pleasure to work with. We became buddies, and I used to go by her house on Clover and visit with her over a cup of International Brand Coffee. My life has been enriched by my association with Nell. She is probably stirring things up in heaven; I’m glad that Jesus has a sense of humor.

    Jeannette Balleza Collins and Will Collins » 29. Dec, 2014

    Grandma Nell was a wonderful blessing in our lives for many, many years. When I first bought the house across from Grandma Nell on Clover Drive in 2004, she welcomed me and my roommate Sommer to the neighborhood with loving kindness and a plate of warm mint jelly thumbprint cookies. For the past decade, she has been our guardian angel on Clover, diligently watching out for us, and we relished every moment with her, her family and her dogs. She was always so generous with her wisdom, love and home-baked bread, and often Gidget would share her treats with our dogs Sam and Shuggie. My friends, extended family, husband Will and I will forever remember with fondness and gratitude our great fortune in having all been adopted by such a lovely, gentle, no-nonsense soul as our Grandma Nell. Our hearts and minds are with her family at this difficult time.

    Janet Gilmer » 29. Dec, 2014

    I can only imagine the celebrating that’s going on in heaven now that Nell is home. I have been blessed to know her for several years. She never feared telling it like she saw it and I loved how I could always count on that from her. I will miss her godly wisdom and sense of humor very much. I remember when Neil passed away how she went to his funeral in a red dress as he loved her in red. She wore his Brut cologne for the longest time. They had the sweetest love always holding hands as they greeted people at church.
    Nell will sure be missed by all who were blessed to know her. My condolences and prayers for her family.

    Linda Racey » 29. Dec, 2014

    Nell was one of the dearest friends I am privileged to have. My mother Lillian Glasgow was saved at the age of 81 and we met Nell in church shortly thereafter around 2001. Nell had a bible study in her home and graciously invited Momma to attend. Nell, Vivian Bennett and my Mom were the only 3 left to meet in the last several years. Nell was 2 years younger than my Mom and Vivian was 2 years older. My Momma was in a wheel chair and when she could no longer climb the stairs into her house, Nell encouraged her to come and she set up a card table in the garage, where we could wheel Momma in easily. The ladies studied Vernon McGee’s books on each chapter of the bible and Nell always provided the books. Momma frequently offered to pay for hers, but Nell wouldn’t let her. She said that was her mission. When Nell’s mind was made up, you just as well not argue with her. She always said what was on her mind and she always told the truth in love. Nell didn’t just love Momma, she loved my whole family and always wanted my sister to visit when she traveled from Minnesota.

    Nell would always tell me….”I love you, but Jesus loves you more.” Momma always parted with the words…”you be a good girl.” Nell always responded “I will if you will.” She was always more concerned for others than herself. There are too many stories to tell of Nell’s kindness and humor. When my Mom passed in November, 2013, Nell certainly filled the gap as a second mother. She touched so many lives and will be greatly missed.

    My sincere condolences to the family. How proud you must be of her and love she extended to the world. God Bless!

    Name » 29. Dec, 2014

    How I wish I could be there for Nells memorial service. Nell was a friend whose love was so sincere. She loved Jesus and was one of the greatest prayer warriors I have known. What a privilege for me that God allowed our paths to cross several years back giving her to me as a close friend. I loved coming to see her and receiving her candid☺️ advice. She will be missed by all who had the privilege to know her. The last time I saw was just before we moved out of state last year. She insisted on making me a loaf of banana bread while we talked. What a sweetheart! To her family…she loved all of you dearly and spoke of each of you every time I saw her. You will miss her but OH what a celebration she is having now! I can’t wait till we all get to see her again. My love and prayers are with you.
    Susan Foster.

    Vesta Pinkerton » 04. Feb, 2015

    Just read about Nell’s death today. She was a true friend and I will miss our visits. Know she is in a happier place. So very sorry for your loss. Her friend, Vesta