Shirley Ann NeSmith, 66, a resident of the Riverside Manor Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, Newcomerstown, for the past few years, formerly of Gnadenhutten and Stow, passed away early Friday morning, Nov. 26, 2010, in the Riverside Manor care facility.

Shirley was born in Akron on March 5, 1944, a daughter of the late George Edward and Hazel Virginia Shomo Tate.

Following high school, she served in the Air Force at Hamilton AFB, California, during the Vietnam War.

She was employed as a fork lift operator with the former Stone Container Company, New Philadelphia, for 18 years. Shirley enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren, gardening, raising flowers, and raising animals.

In addition to her parents, Shirley was preceded in death by a brother-in-law, Henry "Hank" Czartoszewski of Canal Fulton.

Shirley is survived by two sons and two daughters, James V. (Belinda) NeSmith, Jr. and Scott R. NeSmith and fiancé Amy M. Ollis, all of Newcomerstown, Michele V. (Alan) Boreman of Gnadenhutten, and Shannon NeSmith of Uhrichsville; three grandchildren, Jay A. (Rachel) Boreman of Coshocton, Chastity N. (Justin) Hughes of Newcomerstown and Ricky A. Fries of Gnadenhutten; three great-grandchildren; two brothers, Albert Tate and Ronnie (Dorothy) Tate, all of Akron; two sisters, Linda Czartoszewski of Canal Fulton and Trudy Marchese of Canton; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Funeral services to celebrate Shirley's life were Nov. 29, 2010, in the Ourant Funeral Home, Newcomerstown. Ralph D. Maxwell Jr. conducted the services. Military graveside services, performed by the Newcomerstown Veterans' Honor Guard, and burial was Nov. 30 in the West Lawn Cemetery, Newcomerstown.

A memorial fund has been established for Shirley. Memorials may be made to the Shirley A. NeSmith Memorial Fund, P.O. Box 68, Newcomerstown, OH 43832.