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Nancy Bryant Smith: 1930 — 2013 | Passages

April 19, 2013 · Updated 3:15 PM

Nancy Bryant Smith. / Contributed photo

Nancy Bryant Smith passed away on Good Friday, March 29, 2013 at the age of 82.

Nancy was born a twin to Esther and Arthur Chew of Scarsdale, N.Y., on April 12, 1930. She went to Edgemont and Baldwin High Schools, attended Bennington College and graduated from Columbia University as an occupational therapist.

She married William H. Bryant in 1953. She and Will raised four children, spending summers on Cape Cod.

They moved to The Sea Ranch, Calif., in 1976 and later settled on San Juan Island. In 1997 they divorced, and Nancy moved to Lake Havasu City, Ariz. She later married Wallace Smith.

Wherever she went, Nancy made countless friends. Connecting with people was the highlight of her life.

In Friday Harbor, she was a member of AAUW and helped start the walking group.

Nancy was a generous, enthusiastic and curious soul, full of encouragement and always willing to share her heart. A bright light! She will be tremendously missed by us all.

She was preceded in death by her twin brother Niels A Chew (one month before), her brother Ralph H. Chew, and her former husband, William H. Bryant.

She is survived by her four children: Bill, Pamela, Lee Mosby and Patrick, six grandchildren: Tess and Laila Bryant, Jason and Myles Wang, and Annie and Caroline Bryant-Wampler, and her husband Wallace Smith of Arizona.

The family wishes to thank the Nathan Adelson Hospice of Las Vegas for their extraordinary care and help during Nancy’s last days.

A celebration of her life will be held later this spring in Friday Harbor. As a gift in her memory please consider a donation to your local Hospice.

— Family of Nancy Bryant Smith


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