Alice "Nancy" Smith

22 April, 19253 October, 2020

Alice “Nancy” Smith, 95, of Newton, passed away peacefully on Saturday, October 3, 2020, at Newton Medical Center

Born to the late Gregg and Alice (nee Boer) Blackwood, she was raised in Pittsburgh, PA, and later Washington, NJ. Nancy graduated from Washington High School and attended the former Churchman’s Business College in Easton, PA. She married her beloved husband, Harold Ralph “Bud” Smith, September 4, 1946, at the First Presbyterian Church, Washington, NJ. They resided in Washington before briefly moving to Siler City, NC, finally settling in Newton in 1953. Nancy worked for the United Telephone Company of NJ (now Century Link) for 35 years. After retirement, Nancy enjoyed 25 winters on Hutchinson Island in Florida.

An active member of the First Presbyterian Church of Newton, Nancy served as an Elder, Deacon, Sunday school teacher, and choir member. She was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star, Melchior Chapter #131, for 75 years. She was also a member of the Newton Memorial Hospital Auxiliary for 30 years and volunteered at The Bee Hive Thrift Shop for 25 years.

In addition to her parents, Nancy was also predeceased by her husband, Bud, of 43 years; her brother, Gregg D. Blackwood; her great-granddaughter, Sophia Mae Crowell; and her sister-in-law, Lois Blackwood. She is survived by her son, Harold Ralph Smith, Jr. and wife, Shirley, of Culver Lake; her daughter, Mary Lou Holterman and husband, William, of Newton; her brother, Robert Blackwood, of Washington; her grandchildren, Glenn Holterman and wife, Katie, of Branchburg, Kimberly (Smith) Crowell and husband, Michael, of Culver Lake, Greer (Smith) Groves and husband, Matthew, of Ocean Pines, MD; as well as six great-grandchildren, Andrew and Jason Holterman, Madeline and Elisabeth Crowell, and Amelia and Macie Groves. She is also survived by her longtime friend, Paul Cummins, of Hampton Township.

Visitation will be held from 10 to 11 a.m. on Thursday, October 8, 2020 at the First Presbyterian Church of Newton, 54 High Street, Newton, followed by an 11 a.m. funeral service. Interment will be held privately in Hackettstown Union Cemetery following the funeral service. Arrangements are under the direction of the Smith-McCracken Funeral Home, 63 High Street, Newton, NJ.

Memorial donations may be made to the First Presbyterian Church of Newton, 54 High Street, Newton, NJ 07860 or the Newton Volunteer First Aid and Rescue Squad, PO Box 5, Newton, NJ 07860. Online condolences may be offered at


  • Gregg & Alice (Boer) Blackwood, Parents (deceased)
  • Harold Ralph "Bud" Smith, Husband (deceased)
  • Gregg D. Blackwood, Brother (deceased)
  • Sophia Mae Crowell, Great-Grandchild (deceased)
  • Lois Blackwood, Sister-in-law (deceased)
  • Harold Ralph Smith Jr. (Shirley), Son
  • Mary Lou Holterman (William), Daughter
  • Robert Blackwood, Brother
  • Glenn Holterman (Katie), Grandchild
  • Kimberley (Smith) Crowell (Michael), Grandchild
  • Greer (Smith) Groves (Matthew), Grandchild
  • Andrew Holtherman, Great-Grandchild
  • Jason Holterman, Great-Grandchild
  • Madeline Crowell, Great-Grandchild
  • Elisabeth Crowell, Great Grandchild
  • Amelia Groves, Great-Grandchild
  • Macie Groves, Great Grandchild
  • Paul Cummins, Friend

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16 October 2020

My sister, Gail and I spent every Saturday at Bristol Glen to visit our Mom, Dot Hendershot. Nancy joined us, we thought of her as "family". We value the time we spent together, and the friendship she had with our Mom. We continued our friendship even after our Mom passed away, talking on the phone, occasional visits and eating lobster rolls. Love her, and may her family be at peace.

Diana Nause

8 October 2020

May God be with your family as our dear Nancy is laid to rest. I have no doubt she is with our Lord. She was a wonderful person and will be missed. May God grant you peace and comfort as you grieve during this time of separation. She was a woman of God for sure. She has a very special place in my heart. Well done Nancy, well done! ❤️❤️❤️,

Mike Dolan

6 October 2020

Dear Ralph & Mary Lou-
So sorry to hear of Mom's passing but hey, 95 years?!
I remember walking down Linwood Ave on my walk to school and making a right on Liberty St in front of your childhood home. I always had the notion that your Mom was watching out for my typical miscreant behavior and so, I avoided engaging it when at that corner. Always thought of her as a beautiful, strong lady and you were lucky to have her so long! Just a random memory from a Newton kid....

Richard and Linda Walsh

6 October 2020

"Nana's" world travels always made her conversations so interesting. We enjoyed her company at many locations in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Florida. Rest in Peace, "Nana"

Dick and Linda

Cindy DePue Cole

5 October 2020

Dear Mr. Smith and Family,
My deepest sympathy on the loss of your Mother. May God enfold you all in his loving arms giving you peace and strength.

Cindy DePue Cole
Moneta Virginia
(Your 5th grade class at Frankford in 1972)

Ron and Joan Kubala

5 October 2020

To: Ralph and Shirley
Marylou and Bill
and your families

WE are sending our deepest sympathy,
You are in our thoughts and prayers
at this time of your Mother's passing.

May God Bless
Ron and Joan Kubala


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