This page is dedicated to my mother, Lynn Smith, (Maiden name Lynn Zwald). She went missing on November 5, 2018 from Johns Creek, GA was was found tragically six days later deceased in her vehicle. She was a wife, a mother, a grandmother, a daughter, a sister, an aunt, and a friend to many. She was also a big part of our company and is dearly missed.
Aside from the Lord she loved her family more than anything else in this world. Her family was her everything. Her grandkids called her Nana. A name that denotes her devotion and need to care for her family.
My mother, Lynn, graduated from Columbia High School in 1972 and graduated from the Georgia Baptist College of Nursing in Atlanta in 1975. She worked as Staff Nurse, Charge Nurse and Head nurse of an oncology unit at Georgia Baptist Medical Center after graduation. Next, she was an integral part of the GBMC’s first Metabolic Support Team providing hyper alimentation therapy to malnourished patients & premature infants in the NICU. After leaving GBMC in 1980, she founded one of the first home care companies in the southeast, Comfort Care, Inc. and was next Regional Operations Manager for New England Critical Care’s southeast branch office. She was named “Employee of the Year” for this company in the 1987. Lynn left the medical profession for several years in the 1990’s to be at home with her three children. Once they graduated from High School, Lynn’s career moved in a different direction as she went to work as a Legal Nurse Consultant for various law firms in the Atlanta area – LawSmith, Hawkins & Parnell, Weinberg Wheeler and Weathington McGrew. And finally teaming up with me (Wes Smith) her son to operate Heavenly Home Pros.
My mother married her high school sweetheart, my father David Smith in December 1974, just before graduating from Nursing School and lived in the Atlanta area her entire life. She had been an active member of the churches she attended serving in various leadership roles and was an active member of the Georgia Baptist College of Nursing at Mercer University Alumni Association recently serving as president of the organization. She received their Excellence in Health Policy, Ethics and Law award in 2015.
Mom was trained as a nurse and this was more than a profession. It was her nature. She was the one who took care of all of us. When ever someone was sick or injured it was Nana that we called. She would know what to do right away and how to get us fixed up.
Mom was also a friend to anyone who knew her. Even though she was greatly devoted to her family she always went out of her way to make those around her feel special. She would give to the homeless readily and never forgot the birthday of a coworker.
Mom was very detail oriented. Her love of needle work was proof of that. Her work was flawless not just on the front side, but the back as well. It had to be perfect.
Mom also loved reading, crossword puzzles, and watching movies with my father and her grand-kids. She was a huge fan of musicals and anything Disney.
Mom’s favorite vacation destination was in Florida and she and my dad took us kids to Disney World and the Magic Kingdom every summer as kids. We have many great memories there and will continue the Disney traditions she taught us to love.
My mother also loved the North GA Mountains. She and my Dad would frequent the mountain towns of Helen, Cleveland, & Dahlonega, and they own a time share in Helen where we vacationed in the winter and summer every year since I can remember. I will cherish those memories and teach my kids to love the North GA mountains as well.
My mother taught us many things. Mainly by her actions. She was honest as they come and always did the right thing. She taught us to love and to see the beauty in God’s creation. And she taught us kids to grow from our mistakes and to take our place in the world and bloom there.
Mom has passed on, but we are confident that we will see her again. God’s Word assures us of that. It is painful to realize the immense loss we are facing, but we know that even if weeping endures for the night that our joy comes in the morning.
Even though she has passed on she is still with us in the Lessons she gave, the Life she shared, and the Love she showed to all of us. Our great memories and our trust in the Lord comfort us and bring us peace.
We could not have made it through that difficult time without all the people who came to our aid to offer their love and support for us and my mom. They were true angels from God. Just know that it is only because of our trust & faith in Christ that we were able to meet Calamity with Serenity. We trust God and are able to say with confidence that the Anchor holds steadfast. God is still Good and Righteous and we know that He is in control of all things in our lives and in this world.
We will miss Nana immensely, but with our faith we know that our good bye is only temporary. I love you Mom. You were truly my first love.