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Nancy Hazel Smythe

March 10, 1944 — September 27, 2022

Nancy H. Smythe was born in Shaker Heights, Ohio, on March 10, 1944. Her parents, John, an executive in the steel industry, and Fancheon, a teacher and homemaker, were thrilled with her arrival. After ten years of trying, they finally got their bundle of joy.

Nancy married her high school sweetheart, Daniel Stone Smythe, in 1963. They had two children - Virginia and Robert - and were married for 29 years.

Nancy passed away in her sleep on September 27, 2022.

Nancy is survived by her daughter, Virginia Ann Smythe (Ginny) of Port St. Lucie, Florida; her son, Robert Sterling Smythe, and daughter-in-law, Joann Smythe, of Houston, Texas; her sister, Linda Hazel Cleary, of Huntington Beach, California; and her sister-in-law, Marcia Loomis Smythe of Vero Beach, Florida; and her companion, Santos Gonzales of Port St. Lucie, Florida. Nancy has two step-grandchildren, Ashley DeMoss and Bradley DeMoss of Houston, Texas, and one great-grandson, Stephan Peterman.

She is predeceased by her parents, John and Fancheon Hazel.

Nancy went to Shaker Heights High School and then attended Ohio University.

For many years, Nancy served as office manager, chief bottle washer, and “Mom” to all at Actuarial Research Corporation in Annadale, Virginia. She was also a self-employed tax preparer.

Nancy had a love of animals that went deep into her soul. She was a very involved volunteer for many years with the Wildlife Sanctuary in Naples, Florida, and you could find upwards of 20 wounded or infirm birds, squirrels, baby raccoons, etc., being nursed back to health in her home. She was very proud of her service in Houston, Texas, where she helped sit vigil for an injured dolphin that was able to return to the wild. She loved all creatures but especially her dogs and her granddogs.

Nancy was an avid sewer, quilter, knitter, cake decorator, and Master Gardener. She loved the creative process and often gave handmade gifts to friends and family. Many of her quilts decorate family couches.

Nancy also had an adventurous spirit. She lived on a 30-foot sailboat for two years. Nancy loved traveling and had the opportunity to visit many foreign countries with her sister-in-law and her friends. She enjoyed scuba, snorkeling, sailing, and all things to do with the ocean. She was an avid shell collector, and you can find dolphin decor throughout her home.

Nancy was known as “Mom” to many. She had a bright smile and a happy nature. She always tried not to take life too seriously, walked on the sunny side of the street, and was quick to forgive. She will be missed terribly by her family and friends.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the Humane Society of St. Lucie County. Donations can be made in person or can be sent to: The Humane Society of St. Lucie County, 8890 Glades Cut Off Road, Port St. Lucie, Florida, 34986.

Services will be held on Friday, October 7th, 2022, at 1:00 p.m. at the Haisley Tribute Center, 2041 Southwest Bayshore Boulevard, Port St. Lucie, Florida, 34984.
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Friday, October 7, 2022

1:00 - 4:00pm (Eastern time)

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2041 SW Bayshore Blvd, Port St. Lucie, FL 34984

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