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Betty Smith

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[December 29, 2011]  LINCOLN -- Bextty Lee Snyder Smith, 86, a lifelong resident of Lincoln, died Wednesday, Dec. 28, 2011.

Visitation will be 4-7 p.m. Friday at Fricke-Calvert-Schrader Funeral Home in Lincoln.

Her funeral will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at the First United Methodist Church, 302 Broadway St. in Lincoln.

Her preferred occupation was mother and homemaker. Once she had grandsons, they named her Nana, and she relished that role. She also worked in the cafeteria at Lincoln High School and then at Lehn & Fink.

She was born on May 3, 1925, in Lincoln to Adam and Ella Rohrer Snyder. She graduated from Lincoln High School in 1943 and then worked at Clapper's Tire and Appliance, where she met George W. Smith. They were married over their lunch hour on Aug. 25, 1947.

She is survived by her three children: Terri Carey (and Daniel) of Madison, Wis., and grandsons Christopher and Matthew; Michael Smith of Ogden, Utah, and grandson Michael Bryan; and Mary Ellen Smith of San Antonio, Texas. Her surviving siblings are Melvin "Buck" Snyder (and Lois), Kenneth "Dutch" Snyder (and Myra) and Patricia Snyder of Lincoln, and Tony Snyder (and Mary) of Metamora.

She was preceded in death by her husband, George "Smitty" Smith; two sisters, Eleanor Pence and Ethelene "Peggy" White; and one brother, Robert Snyder.

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She was an active member of the First United Methodist Church in Lincoln, and up until mid-December she helped put together the church bulletins every week. She was one of the founding volunteers working at the Lincoln/Logan Food Pantry and was a lifetime member of the Abraham Lincoln Memorial Hospital Auxiliary.

Memorials may be made to Lincoln/Logan Food Pantry or the First United Methodist Church in Lincoln.

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