Nancy Louise Smith Schwart, 64, of Bryan, passed away Monday, July 30, 2012 at St. Joseph Regional Health Center in Bryan. A memorial service will be held at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, August 4, 2012 at First United Methodist Church in Bryan with Reverend David Porterfield officiating.
Nancy was born in Flushing, Queens, New York on October 29, 1947 to Edgar B. Smith and Ethel Dultgen Smith. Shortly after her birth, her family moved to Chappaqua, New York, where she graduated from Horace Greeley High School. She attended Centenary College in Hackettstown, New Jersey for two years, and then transferred to the University of Illinois at Urbana – Champaign, earning a Bachelor of Arts in Music Education. There she met her husband, Robert B. Schwart, Jr., and they were married on August 8, 1970 in Chappaqua, New York. After living in Springfield, Illinois and Columbus, Ohio, they moved to Bryan in 1979.
Nancy was a homemaker, piano teacher and substitute teacher. She was an active member of First United Methodist Church and cherished her participation in the sanctuary choir and the handbell choir. She was a member of the Brazos Valley Chorale for several years. Music was a lifelong passion, and she passed on her love and talent to her two children, Jennifer and Jonathan.
Nancy exemplified a servant’s heart. She was tireless in her efforts as a Crestview volunteer and with the Care and Concern Ministry at FUMC Bryan, serving elderly and homebound congregants. Nancy was a committed citizen and proud of her heritage, participating in the Daughters of the American Revolution, Daughters of 1812 and Daughters of the American Colonists. She was also a member of the Brazos Valley Historical Society.
Nancy’s proudest achievement was her family, and her love and devotion was unconditional. She is preceded in death by her mother and father, and her stepfather, LeRoy H. Williams. Survivors include her husband of 42 years, Robert B. Schwart, Jr.; son, Jonathan Schwart, of Chicago, Illinois; daughter and son-in-law, Jennifer and Alan Hubble, of Fort Worth, Texas; grandchildren, Jackson Hubble and Grant Hubble; and mother-in-law, Virginia W. Schwart, of Bryan, Texas.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the First United Methodist Church Music Ministry or Children’s Ministry.