Nancy Janette Muecke Smith

November 12, 1944May 12, 2019

Nancy Janette Muecke Smith 74, passed away peacefully at her home in Clear Lake City, Texas, so appropriately, on Mother's Day, May 12, 2019. Born November 12, 1944 in St. Joseph's Hospital in Houston, Texas; a proud sixth generation Texan, who grew up in Pasadena, and graduated from Pasadena High School in 1963. She is survived by her devoted husband of almost 54 years, Emmett O. Smith, and two daughters, both of Houston, Kimberly Kay Mehne (husband Tim Mehne) and daughter, Amanda Gail Smith. She is also survived by four grandchildren, Ryne Merchant, Kirstie Merchant Guido, Taylor Holbrook and Elliot Rowe. Two sisters, Patricia Sue Watkins, and Glenda Gale Cox. She also leaves behind many nieces, nephews, great nieces and nephews, cousins and friends, for who she loved dearly. She had a special relationship with each and every family member. She was preceded in death by her parents, Louis A. and Grace Muecke, sister, Lynda Porras and many other aunts, uncles and grandparents. She fought a long and brave battle with cancer for almost four years, never flinching or backing down. For several years she managed Dono's Gift Shop in Clear Lake City where she made many acquaintances turned friends. She and Emmett lived in the same house in Oakbrook West for 45 years where they raised their family, creating many wonderful memories and deep friendships. They spent much of their time together designing their garden and remodeling the home they loved.

Nancy was known for her ability to make all things bigger, better, grander; improving the world as she made her way through it. Everything she touched she made more beautiful with extreme passion and ambition. She was an incredibly creative and generous lady, an artist, an amazing gardener, nurturer, teacher, skilled baker, fabulous cook, extreme pie maker, adoring grandmother, devoted daughter, caring sister, concerned neighbor, exceptional wife and the ultimate mother to all, who adored her family and made every occasion grand with her spectacular cooking and impressive skills. She shared her sharp mind and abundant ideas with everyone she met expecting greatness to bloom for them. Intuitive and spirited, she was playful and filled all moments with magic. Her unforgettable presence will be greatly missed here on earth, as will her famous chocolate pie.


  • Taylor Holbrook
  • Ryne Merchant
  • Nick Roppolo
  • Elliot Rowe
  • Wayne Rowe
  • Adrian Roppolo
  • Jason Brumley, Honorary Pallbearer


  • Visitation with Reception Friday, May 17, 2019
  • Celebration of Life Friday, May 17, 2019
  • Committal Service Friday, May 17, 2019
  • Reception Friday, May 17, 2019


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Patsy Watkins

May 15, 2019

I will share some of the letter, I wrote for Nancy and had Nancy's daughter Amanda read to her when Nancy was in the hospital.
To my dear, sweet, loving, phenomenal, perfect BIG sister and friend, Nancy.

How do you say goodbye to someone you love with all your heart? Someone who has taught you everything, from cooking, gardening, decorating, and even how to make ribbon roses over the phone when I was in Saudi Arabia. She was patient enough to explain it to me one more time until I got it. What will I do without her to show me what perfection is, what true style is? I've never known anyone with as much talent as she had; but she was always too modest to admit it. She never accepted anything but perfection. Nancy is a hard act to follow, but I will be trying every day in every way. I have already started planning a garden in her honor, but there is a lot of pressure to make it up to "Nancy Standards". So often when we would work on a project together and I would be okay with it, Nancy would say "no, not good enough" and we would start over and I would see her way was the right way. How can I thank her for always being so generous with her time, for sharing her many talents and of course the great recipes and for sharing her big heart. How can I thank her for everything she taught me? I have always looked up to my big sister, she never stopped trying to look after me, to worry about me, through all my various trials and tribulations. I will miss our long phone conversations, about life hacks, the "bargain of the day", home remedies and many other topics.
Nancy always had strong opinions, and she wasn't afraid to share them, even if we didn't always agree, she would "stick to her guns".
I am so glad she and Emmett had such a wonderful life together.
There is so much more I would like to say, but there is no more room here.
Rest easy forever in heaven, my sister and wonderful friend. I will always miss you and your great influence on my life. Patsy

Tonya Wise

May 15, 2019

I met Nancy in 2005 at Donos having been directed to the store by her sister, Patsy, for some home decor. She helped me pick the perfect piece for the perfect spot.

Over the years, I’ve been blessed to see her at several of Patsy‘s occasions and always loved talking with her. She had such a peace about her as well as a wicked sense of humor. I’m so happy to have had the opportunity to see her again at Patsy’s cookie party in Feb. I had lunch seated beside her and she looked and felt great. I’ll cherish that last encounter here on earth. Every time I look at this lovely antique buffet in my dining room, I will think fondly of her. Rest In Peace Nancy! ❤️

My sincere condolences to her entire family.

Tonya Watkins Wise

Pam Alexander

May 14, 2019

She taught me how to love a husband & always made me feel special.
Whether it was a hand written note, a newspaper clipping in the mail, a card that said just the right thing, a gift that was just especially me, or the most delicate hand detailed personalized sweets.
She was the greatest Aunt anyone could have wanted. I’ll miss your soft hands, honest reason and always remember your talent for making things better than anyone else & saying things just like it is! I will carry on your love for fun staying up late playing Rummikub & Canasta (cause lord knows I can’t cook like you did!).
Love you for always Aunt Nancy, forever your