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Nancy Kay Smeby Collins, a devoted aunt, loving wife to Steve Collins, and passionate knitter, passed away on June 11, 2024, in West Plains, Missouri.
Born in Waukon, Iowa, she later moved to North Texas around 1967. Nancy attended Trinity High School, where she was an active member of the high school band, playing the flute. Her cherished family included her nieces and nephews, Kasey Lynn Smeby and Sean Allen Smeby. Surviving her are her brother, Brian Smeby, along with Robert W. Smeby and his wife, Lori Smeby, from McKinney, Texas, as well as Scott Allen Smeby and his wife, Lori Cay Smeby, from Fort Worth, Texas.

Nancy’s love for the outdoors led her to countless camping adventures with her family. Whether by the campfire or under the stars, she found solace in nature. Her passion extended to her beloved kittens, who brought her joy and comfort.

In 2003, Nancy relocated to West Plains, Missouri, with her parents and brother Brian. She embraced the community and made lasting friendships. Her knitting needles clicked rhythmically as she crafted beautiful scarves, blankets, and hats for loved ones.

Nancy’s memory will forever live on in the hearts of those who knew her. She joins her late father, Bob Smeby, and her mother, Lila Smeby, in eternal rest. May her legacy of love, family, and creativity inspire us all. 

Visitation will be held Tuesday, June 18, 2024 from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. at Carter Funeral Home, Inc., West Plains, Missouri.

Funeral services for Nancy K. Collins will be held Tuesday, June 18, 2024 at 1:00 p.m. at the Carter Funeral Home, Inc., West Plains, Missouri.

Burial will be In Mackey Cemetery, Howell County, Missouri, under the direction of Carter Funeral Home, Inc., West Plains, Missouri.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the local animal shelter in Nancy’s honor.



  1. Nancy Jackson-Bean
    June 14, 2024 @ 4:55 pm

    Steve and family,

    I am so sorry for your loss. I pray that God will give you strength and guidance during this difficult and challenging time.


  2. Lori smeby
    June 17, 2024 @ 4:37 pm

    Well nancy i can’t believe you have to be with your mom and dad ! You’ve wanted that a very long time! You were a great sister inlaw! You drove us CRAZY sometime but you were a gem!! A GREAT aunt to Kasey and Sean especially when they were growing up! From mooning Deidre to tee peeing peoples house when they teens and everything in between! We love and miss you! Tell your mom, dad hi! And if you happen to see my daddy tell him hi too! Again Nancy , WE ALL LOVE AND MISS YOU!!!! RIP!!!


  3. Lanita bradshaw
    June 17, 2024 @ 7:54 pm

    She will be missed.she was a sweet girl


  4. Lori smeby
    June 17, 2024 @ 10:10 pm

    HEY YOU , What a great sister in law you were Nancy! We’re all shocked that you have gone to be with your mom and dad, something you always talked about was wanting to be with again! Scott really wanted to talk to you last week ,you told Brian you would talk to him tomorrow. And he understood… but tomorrow never came! Thank you for sharing your brother with me for the last 42 yrs!
    I will miss you calling scott and asking what to do about this or that!
    Thanks for being the fun aunt with Kasey and Sean. From taking them and their friends t ping houses , mooning Deidre and everything in between , thanks for the memories,!!! I wished your GREAT niece and nephews knew you like Kasey and Sean!
    Just want to say one last time til we meet again ……. YOU ASSSSSSS HOOOOLE , WE ALL ARE GOING TO MISS YOU TERRIBLE!!
    (Ass hole was a fun loving phrase that we as a family would say to each other


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