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Lodane Minnie Courtney Smith
Date of Death or Service Dec 24, 2016
Lodane Minnie Courtney Smith

 Lodane Minnie Craig Smith, age 90 of Cunningham, TN, was born on September 13, 1926 in Houston County, Tennessee.  She was the oldest daughter of Charles Clarence Craig and Lenora Spicer Finch.  She later moved to California where she earned her nursing license in Eureka.  She was a nurse for 40 years in California and Tennessee.  After retiring from nursing, she became a caretaker for clients of Developmental Services of Dickson, TN.  Lodane always enjoyed making quilts and continued covering people in warmth and love until she passed.  She is preceded in death by her daughter, Starla Dawn Nelson; her father, Charles Clarence Craig; her mother, Lenora Finch; her first husband, Clair Courtney; and her second husband, Grady Smith.

She is survived by three children, Craig Steven Courtney of Cunningham, TN; Robinette Clair Steuer of Valparaiso, IN, and Chapel Ann Pack of Tennessee Ridge, TN; 11 grandchildren; and 14 great grandchildren; one brother, Robert Lee Craig of Waverly, TN; and two half-sisters, Irene Brown of Ashland City, TN, Bernice of Mississippi. 

She passed away on December 24, 2016 at the home of her son Craig Courtney, surrounded by her children, daughter-in-law, Deborah Hutchison Courtney, and grandchildren.  She was dearly loved by so many, and will be greatly missed. 

Lodane requested to be cremated.  A celebration of her life will be scheduled in the Spring.  In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to either the American Cancer Society in memory of her daughter, Starla, or to Caris Healthcare for their hospice program.    


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