Nancy Smith Blakeney June 9, 1939- February 21, 2021
Nancy "Memaw" Smith Blakeney, 81, of Gulfport, went home to be with the Lord on
February 21, 2021.
She was a graduate of Laurel High School then went on to graduate
from the Mississippi School of Cosmetology in Laurel, MS. She started her career as a
cosmetologist in 1957 until moving to Gulfport in 1960. She worked for the Gulfport
School System for many years as a teacher's assistant before retiring. She enjoyed
traveling with her beloved husband and many friends which included visiting all 50
states, plus overseas travel. Nancy was an avid cook, always having fresh baked goods
for her grandchildren and friends. She loved to sew, especially making quilts for all of
her children and grandchildren. Nancy was a dedicated Sunday School teacher and
G.A. leader at Grace Memorial Baptist Church in Gulfport where she was very active in
her church family.
She was preceded in death by her parents Brady and Ruth Smith,
brothers Carl (Ouida) Smith, Cecil (Bobbie) Smith, Melvin (Elizabeth) Smith of Laurel
and Larry (Betty) Smith of Gulfport and her sister, Margaret (Mike) Creel of Laurel.
Nancy is also preceded in death by her son, Dr. Bryan Blakeney of Gulfport.
She is survived by her loving husband of 64 years, Charles and daughter Jan (Joe) Watson, daughter-in-law Karen Allison. Grandchildren Crystal (Michael) Bourdin, Dr. Adam Blakeney, Danielle (J.T.) Cockrell, Natalie (Carter) Benefield, Dr. Steven Blakeney, Dr. Michelle Blakeney, Nathan Blakeney, Seth Watson and Colby Watson. Great-Grandchildren, Delaney, Addison, Dylan, Honey Jane, Brady, Everett, Parker and
Carter. Siblings, Donald (Mary Louise) Smith, Billy (Carol) Smith, Sylvia (Aubrey)
Gardner of Laurel and many nieces and nephews.
Relatives and friends of the family are invited to attend the Funeral Service on Friday, February 26, 2021 at 1:00 pm from Grace Memorial Baptist Church, 2301 23rd Street, Gulfport, MS 39501 and the visitation will begin at 12:00 pm until service time at the church. Burial will follow in Floral Hills Memorial Gardens in Gulfport,MS.
RIEMANN FAMILY FUNERAL HOME in Gulfport is serving the family. Online memories and condolences may be offered at www.riemannfamily.com
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