May 11, 2023 7:05 PM

Diana Lynn Smith

Posted May 11, 2023 7:05 PM
Diana Lynn "Nannies" Smith
Diana Lynn "Nannies" Smith

Diana Lynn "Nannies" Smith, 68, of Fort Madison, died Thursday, May 11, 2023, at the Southeast Iowa Regional Hospice House in West Burlington surrounded by her family.

Born Dec. 29, 1954, in Burlington, she was the daughter of Lawrence Raymond and Patricia Ann Pitzer Rice. On May 26, 1978, she married Randall Dean Smith in Burlington. He died Jan. 9, 2023.

Diana was a teaching associate for James Madison Middle School and Edward Stone Middle School. She worked at Head Start prior to that.

Diana loved playing cards with her family and spending time with family, especially with her grandchildren, and she loved to go camping at the cabin. She also enjoyed sister night with her sisters and traveling with them to Ohio and Texas whenever she could.

Survivors include her two daughters, Stephanie (Mathew) Kinneer of Burlington and Shayna (Jesse) Smith of Fort Madison; seven grandchildren, Malena (Tobin), and Claytin Kinneer, Randall, Laila, Harper, and Amelio Smith; three brothers, Mike Rice of Danville, Kevin Rice of West Burlington, and Darrin (Mindy) Rice of West Burlington; five sisters, Laura (David) Smith of Bedford, Tex.,  Connie Rice of Burlington, LeAnna (Gary) Wagler of Burlington, Rhonda (Alan) Murphy of Burlington, and Stacy (William) Sturdivant of Burlington; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Besides her husband of 44 years, she was preceded in death by her parents and two brothers, Darryl and Larry Rice.

Visitation will be from 1 to 3 p.m. Wednesday, May 17, 2023, at Prugh Funeral Service, 3940 Division Street.

The celebration of life for Mrs. Smith will follow the visitation, Wednesday, May 17, 2023, at Doris' Tavern. 

Memorials have been established for Southeast Iowa Regional Hospice and St Jude Children's Research Hospital.