Nancy Louise Oeschler nee Smith, age 83, passed away peacefully on Sunday, August 22, 2021. She was born August 30, 1937 in Cleveland, Ohio. She was joined in matrimony at the age of 25 to Ronald Arthur Oeschler, the one true love of her life. Through this union she had two sons, both of whom survive her. Her husband preceded her in death on November 17, 2016.
Nancy was preceded in death by her father, Bruce Edwin Smith, and her mother Pearl V. Smith, and also by her sister, Linda Smith. She is survived by her sons Martin R. Oeschler and Matthew B. Oeschler. Additionally, she is survived by her granddaughter Aimee R. Turner, her granddaughter Elissa C. Oeschler and her great granddaughter Scarlett S. Turner.
Nancy was very close to her father as a young girl, but her world would unravel when he died suddenly in 1957, leaving behind a daughter who was only 19 years old. She worked as a secretary for the same company that her father did, the New York Central Railroad. She pioneered as a legal stenographer, a position usually held by men at the time.
She met and married Ronald, and began a family with her first son, looking to the promise of a new era in her life. Ron soon found employment in his dream job as an airline pilot with Delta Airlines. And so began various long distance moves to Atlanta, Dallas, Miami and Houston. In Houston, she and her family eventually settled permanently. There, her second son was born, and her family was now complete.
She raised her sons despite the hardships that marked this chapter in her life. It was at his time that she rediscovered her faith in God. She faithfully served as a church secretary and as a worship pianist for the decades that followed. She lived for her faith and her family. She enjoyed life with numerous precious friends, who loved her wit, humor and her mastery of sarcasm. She enjoyed a life with numerous cats during her lifetime, who were constant companions and sources of joy.
She enjoyed painting with oils, working jigsaw puzzles and crossword puzzles, and spending game nights with her friends. She was skilled at ceramics, Crochet and Bridge. Additionally, she loved cooking food, eating food, and critiquing food. She described the joy of eating as the last vice left in her life. Hers was a life that was full; it was a life of joy; it was a life of impact. She is missed.
Her memorial service will be held at her home church, Abundant Waters Fellowship, located at 17810 French road, Houston, Texas, 77084. Viewing will begin from 9:00, with the memorial service beginning at 11:00 am.
Interment will be conducted at Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Youngstown, Ohio, with arrangements to be determined.
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