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Edythe Engel Nesmith passed away on Oct. 6, 2017, at her home at Decatur House in Sandwich, Mass. She was born to Paul and Frieda Engel in Hanceville, on Decm 15, 1926, and was raised in Cullman as one of six children. She was married to (the late) Jack Nesmith of Cullman, from 1953 to 1985.
Edythe traveled extensively throughout her life, but always considered Alabama to be her home. She moved to Cape Cod in 2009, to be with family, after living in Ohio, Egypt and Tennessee, among other places.
Edythe was known for her sharp wit and intellect, and a constant curiosity about the world and people around her. She deeply valued her Christian faith, as well as education, putting herself through St. Bernard College as a young woman. She was an avid reader throughout her life, and possessed a sense of wonderment about the world that inspired her to continue learning until the day she died.
Edythe is survived by her two daughters, Mary Faith and Edye Nesmith, her two granddaughters, Molly and Lucy Prothero; her sister, Betty Newman of Montgomery; and much loved nieces, nephews and cousins.
Edythe was predeceased by her parents; and her siblings: Alfred Engel and his wife, Conradine, Lucille Lueck and her husband, Bill, Helen Engwall and her husband, Clarence, Margaret Plunkett and her husband, Dorsey, and Betty Newman's husband, Frank.
The family expresses their gratitude to Decatur House for providing such a loving home to Edythe for the last three years.
A celebration of life service was held Oct. 10 at First Lutheran Church in West Barnstable, Mass. The burial will take place in Cullman City Cemetery at 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 4.
In lieu of flowers, Edythe's family requests donations for hurricane relief be made to the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America at community.elca.org/hurricane-relief.
Published on October 27, 2017
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