In Memory

Nancy Smartt (Provence) - Class Of 1967

Deceased Classmate: Nancy Smartt
Date Of Birth: 1-16-1949
Date Deceased: 11-7-2010
Age at Death: 61
Cause of Death: Alzheimer's
Classmate City: Bolivia
Classmate State: NC
Classmate Country: USA
Was a Veteran: No
Survived By:

NANCY YVONNE ROGERS BOLIVIA, NC -- On Oct. 14th, after an 11 year battle with Alzheimer's, Nancy Yvonne Rogers lost the battle for her body but won the war for her soul and eternal peace. She was 61. Now that you know how she died, let me tell you how she lived. Her Father, when I first met him, told me January 16, 1949 was one of the greatest days of his life. It was Nancy's birthday. Nancy was the middle child born to George and Sara Smartt while living in Miami, Florida. Nancy's parents lived with us for 13 years so even with Alzheimer's she was able to help her parents have a good ending to their life. She had an older sister Lynn Smartt Bickford, who she lost to Cancer in 1998. Nancy took her to London, Lynn's last wish. Nancy worshipped her older brother, Harry Smartt, and told me of many fishing and swamp adventures. Harry was lucky enough to meet a Georgia girl named Rita and they were married in 2001 at our home in Raleigh. Nancy's younger sister, Julia Smartt Boyd found her love, Keith, and they gave us two wonderful nephews, Michael and Andrew, plus two beautiful nieces, Katherine and Kassandra. Nancy's younger brother, Wendell Smartt, was born when she was a teenager and she was embarrassed when people would ask her if he was her child. Nancy graduated high school in the honors society in 1967, worked for the FBI , RCA, Nortel Networks, got married, had a son Christopher Provence , got divorced, got married ,got divorced and moved from Florida to North Carolina. Norman Rogers meets Nancy, marries her , moves to Atlanta, moves to Boca Raton, moves back to Raleigh, moves to the beach ,Nancy's son Chris searches for his wife Amy for a long time and finds her in Ohio , gave us two adorable grandchildren , Allison and Johnathan. In 1987, twenty-three years ago, God smiled on me and brought me Nancy. When I met Nancy she was ugly, stupid, and no man would have her, at least that's what she was told. For 22 years of a wonderful marriage I have told her you are beautiful (Look at the picture), you are "Smartt" (straight "A" student - and graduated with honors From Nova University) and this man loves you and wants to be with you in this life and the next. Nancy Yvonne Smartt Rogers was a wonderful LADY, she raised a fine son who has turned into a great father, and she took care of her mom and dad when she needed help herself, she helped her brothers and sisters, and in her spare time she managed to make me the happiest man on this planet. People tell me Nancy was lucky to have me as a caregiver. If they only knew the whole story. Please join me for Nancy's Memorial Service on Nov. 14th at the Brunswick Funeral Service at 1:00 p.m., so I can show you how I was the lucky one to have her. A celebration of Nancy's life will be held after the Memorial Service at Jerome's Steak House starting at 2:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers memorials may be directed to Lower Cape Fear Hospice-Brunswick Co. Care Center, 1414 Physicians Drive, Wilmington, NC 28401. If you ever want to visit the Angels of God that live here on earth, take a ride over to the nearest Lower Cape Fear Hospice Center. -

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01/22/17 01:39 PM #1    

John (Steve) Cargill (1967)

I had no idea that Nancy had passed away until recently.  She was a great friend throughout many of our school years that we shared.  She was also a tough scholastic competitor.  She fascinated me.  I was also intrigued with her objective to work in the Federal law enforcement area.  I found her to always be beautiful, a winner, and a person who was concerned about those around her.  Looking forward to speaking with her again.

01/23/17 11:32 AM #2    

Mary Lou Bernardi (Root) (1967)

 RIP Nancy ...


01/29/17 08:16 AM #3    

Pamela Reddick (Riccardo) (1967)

Nancy was beautiful and kind, and had such a lovely smile, she could always brighten anyone's day.   Your words, so thoughtful and sweet of a woman that made your life and family so complete touched my soul.  I am truly sorry for your loss.  Rest in Peace Nancy.  

01/30/17 12:13 PM #4    

Edwin Hendrickson (1967)

A very bright light in the RBHS Class of 1967. Talking with her on any day would alway make you feel good. RPI Nancy!  

10/02/17 11:16 AM #5    

Elizabeth Williams (Cowles) (1967)

I am so sorry for this loss. Nancy was, indeed, very a smart and kind person! I always enjoyed her in high school, even tho we were not the closest of friends. Her intelligence intimidated me somewhat! So sorry for her battle with Alzheimer's at such a young age. Sad! Elizabeth Williams Cowles

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