Elizabeth "Libbye" Duncan Smith of Nashville, Tennessee | 1935 - 2020 | Obituary

Elizabeth "Libbye" Duncan Smith
Elizabeth "Libbye" Duncan Smith

December 09, 1935 - April 14, 2020

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Elizabeth “Libbye” Duncan Smith went home to be with her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on the beautiful spring morning of April 14, 2020. She fought a courageous and graceful battle with Alzheimer’s disease for several years and throughout it all continued to spread joy and love to those around her. 

Libbye will always be remembered as a beautiful, precious, joyful, fun-loving wife, mother, grandmother, sister and aunt. She will be deeply missed by her husband of sixty years, Robert “Bob” Lynn Smith, her children and seven grandchildren and extended family and friends.

Libbye was born the youngest of nine children on December 9, 1935, on a farm in the rolling hills of Hartsville, TN. She was predeceased by her parents, Mort and Farmie Ethel Duncan; her brothers Bill, Allen, Ray and Mort; and sisters, Laura, Ruth and Bobbie. She is survived by her sister, Katie Schutt, of Franklin, TN. Libbye graduated from Trousdale County High School and attended Middle Tennessee State University. She married Bob, the love of her life, in 1960. Left to cherish Libbye’s memory are her two sons, Chip (Mary Loch) and Dudley (Julie); her seven grandchildren, Rob (Polly), Mary Daniel Daniely (Drew), Sam, Lacy, Duncan, Lauren and Allyson.

Libbye’s beauty radiated from the inside-out, and her life was constantly characterized by her deep love for her family and her Christian faith. Her kind heart and fun-loving nature were evident to everyone she met, yet she also had a competitive side. As a mom of two boys, Libbye was an avid sports fan, loved to be on the tennis court and delighted in cheering on her sons and grandkids from the stands. She enjoyed reading, walking her dogs, baking desserts, entertaining in her home, spending time on the beach and cheering on the UT Vols. Libbye was the consummate Proverbs 31 woman - a devoted servant of God, her family and others. With overflowing love and gratitude, her descendants “rise up and call her blessed” - both now and eternally. She is, indeed, a precious child of God “who is greatly to be praised.” 

A memorial service celebrating Libbye’s life was held on Friday, April 17, at First Presbyterian Church where she was a long-time member. The family would like to express their sincere gratitude to Christie and the extraordinary staff at Belmont Village and a special thank you to Starr and Angie, her devoted and amazing caregivers. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be sent to Alzheimer’s Association and First Presbyterian Church, 4815 Franklin Pike, Nashville, TN 37220. 

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