June 18, 1911 – March 13, 2014
Nora Smith, 102, of Palmyra, passed away on Thursday, March 13th, 2014 in the Lebanon Valley Brethren Home, Palmyra. She was born on June 18th, 1911, on a small farm in South Annville Township. She was one of 12 children, raised two nieces, Victoria and Jeanette, and cared for her mother. She was the daughter of the late Christian B. and Ida N. Hostetter Smith. Ms. Smith was retired from Laudermilch Meats and from various sewing factories, including Lusberg’s, Milsan Mills and Demford Manufacturing. She attended a one room grammar school in Pleasant Site. She enjoyed quilting and was known for making opera fudge. She was a member of Messiah Lutheran Church, Lebanon. Surviving are a number of nieces and nephews. A funeral service will be held in Lebanon Valley Brethren Home Chapel, 1200 Grubb Rd., Palmyra, Pa, 17078 on Friday, March 21st, 2014 at 11:00AM with her pastor Rev. Barry S. Kendall officiating. A viewing will be held from 10:00AM until the time of the service. Interment will be in Gingrich’s Mennonite Cemetery. Contributions may be made in Nora’s memory to the Lebanon Valley Brethren Home Good Samaritan Fund 1200 Grubb Rd., Palmyra, Pa, 17078 or Messiah Lutheran Church 1800 Oak Street, Lebanon, Pa.,17042.
- Funeral Service Friday, March 21, 2014
- Viewing Friday, March 21, 2014
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March 21, 2014
The last I saw great Aunt Nora was at her 100th birthday party. Per her usual demeanor, she was so cute and so happy to see everyone. As Roxie said, we all loved her deeply, and the opera fudge was always the best. I wish now I would have made time to learn how to make it with her when she lived at Grandma's. Rest in peace, sweet lady, until we meet again.
March 20, 2014
We spend one Christmas with great aunt Nora in Mobile, AL where my in-laws, John and Vickie (whom she raised) lived at the time. From there we took a day trip to New Orleans. It's hard to believe that she would have been about 85 at the time. When I told my children that I stopped in to see her last December, they fondly remembered her and her fun loving spirit. Since that time my in-laws, John and Vickie and my husband John Jr. have passed away. I'm sorry that I won't be able to come to the funeral, but am so thankful that I found her a couple of months ago. She had no idea who I was, but thanked me often for taking the time to stop by. What a sweet lady, who gave so much of her life to raise 2 nieces. She is receiving her reward.
March 18, 2014
I remember my great aunt Nora since I was about 3 years old. She was always happy and smiling and and my mother (Mildred) said that she was her favorite aunt. As kids, I remember our mouths watering as we waited to eat her delicious Opera Fudge!!! Rest in peace Aunt Nora. You are truly loved