Esther Dianne Lowder Smith, 74 years young, of Albemarle, passed away peacefully Thursday afternoon, September 16, 2021 at Atrium Cabarrus, surrounded by her loving family after a courageous battle with non alcoholic cirrhosis of the liver.
A celebration of life will be held at 3:00 PM, Tuesday, September 21, 2021 at Mount Zion United Methodist Church with Rev. David Hatley and Rev. Chris Maidene. The family will receive friends from 6:00 PM until 8:00 PM, Monday evening, September 20, 2021 at Edwards Funeral Home in Norwood. She willbe laid to rest at Norview Gardens.
Dianne was born November 22, 1946 in Stanly County to the late Ben Thomas and Margaret Turner Lowder. She was a 1965 South Stanly High School graduate. She had worked at Cassie Cotillion as a seamstress, at Servco, and at Stanly Memorial Hospital in the CSR Department. After retirement she kept her grandchildren whom adored their “Nanny” and they made many wonderful memories together that will be cherished for a lifetime.
She was an active member of Mount Zion United Methodist Church in Norwood and loved all of her church family dearly. She considered her daughter’s
church Welcome Baptist as her second church family
and loved them all.
She is survived by her loving husband of 56 years, Ralph Franklin Smith of the home; son, Danny Smith (Maria) of Concord; daughter, Joy Smith Heglar (Terry) of New London; grandchildren, MaKayla Smith, Dawson and Kaitlyn Heglar; sisters, Brenda Ingold (Bobby) of Albemarle, Pat Eudy of Albemarle, and Elaine Vick (Fred) of Sandstone, West Virginia.
Dianne was lovely known as Nanny to her family whom she loved unconditionally with all of her heart. She was her daughter’s best friend and #1 fan. She was her Son’s rock and stability.She was the matriarch of our family and the glue that held us together.
She was well known for her amazing pound cakes and her cooking skills. She loved to crochet and make things for things for her family. She loved angels and had many of them. She is now our guardian angel. Mom was such a beautiful lady inside and out and had the most beautiful blue eyes and white hair. What amazing strength, courage, and determination our mom exhibited during her battle. She was the strongest woman we have ever known.To know Mom was to love her. She was the most humblest sweetest soul we know. She loved her Lord and Savior with all of her heart and soul. Mom strived to let her light shine for Jesus so others could see him through her. She was a woman of faith and knew that the God on the mountain was the God of the valley. She was a prayer warrior and believed in the power of prayer. Our mom has finished her race and finished it well...she is in the arms of Jesus now. Mom has won the victory and has just now begun to live. Our hearts are broken into a million pieces and we miss her so much already. We know that it is not good bye but see you later Nanny.
Memorials may be made to: Mount Zion United Methodist Church, 8402 Whitley Road, Norwood, NC 28128.
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