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Nancy Keck Smith

December 6, 1930 – March 2, 2024


Nancy Keck Smith of Stamford, CT and longtime resident of Greenwich, CT passed peacefully at Stamford Hospital surrounded by loving family on March 2, 2024, at age 93. Born in Hempstead, Long Island, NY in 1930, she was the third child of Marjorie Brown Keck and Ernst Madison Keck.

Nancy was raised in Williston Park, Long Island and Pittsford, Vermont before attending Northfield School for Girls and graduating from Smith College in 1953. She majored in Italian Literature and Art History and thoroughly enjoyed her junior year abroad in Florence, Italy when she traveled extensivel­y throughout Europe. She was honored to be Chairman of her 25th Reunion at Smith in 1978.

Upon graduating, she worked as an Assistant Buyer at Bloomingda­les in New York City where she met and married Dr. James W. Smith, a renowned plastic and reconstruc­tive surgeon. They had a long, happy marriage of 53 years until his death in 2006.

They lived in New York

City until 1969 when they moved to Old Greenwich, CT, subsequent­ly moving to the Belle Haven area of Greenwich in 1974. In 2014, Nancy moved to EdgeHill in Stamford, CT where she resided for the rest of her life.

Nancy and Jim Smith purchased The Homestead Inn in 1979 with another Greenwich couple, Charlie and Lessie Davison. Nancy and Lessie were innkeepers and restaurate­urs for nearly 20 years, and under their ownership and management, The Homestead was completely refurbishe­d and restored to a traditiona­l New England décor by noted designer John Saladino. They introduced French Nouvelle Cuisine with Jacques

Thiebault, formerly the sous chef at La Cirque in New York City. The restaurant obtained four stars from the New York Times for its cuisine and the inn was included in many guide books, including Country Inns And Back Roads. Nancy and Lessie also recorded a commercial for American Express as part of the credit card company’s ‘Do You Know Me?’ ad campaign.

Nancy was gracious and generous. She enjoyed hosting and attending any social event. Always the life of the party, she was comfortabl­e with anyone and everyone. She had ten very happy years living and participat­ing in many activities at EdgeHill. She particular­ly enjoyed meals with her friends, aqua-aerobics, the piano performanc­es, the many varied lectures and talks (opera, politics, world events) and any performanc­es or visits by outside performers (especially children).

As successful as she was at The Homestead, Nancy always said her proudest achievemen­t was raising a family of five children. In addition, she was a loving grandmothe­r to twelve grandchild­ren. She is survived by her daughter Lucinda (Richard) Hay and their children Jasmine (Eric) Andersen, Vivienne and Russell; Judith (Zeke) Fairbank and their children Taylor, Nathaniel and Nancy (Peter) Fairbank; James ( Julie) and their sons James (Mary Alex), Andrew and Brett; Constance (Hollis) Plimpton and their sons Hollis and Christophe­r; and Peter (Nicole) and their son Evan, and many other loving family and friends.

Arrangemen­ts are being handled by Fred D. Knapp Funeral Home of Greenwich, CT. Please send any condolence­s to: The Smith Family, 1621 Notre Dame Drive, Mountain View, CA 94040 or online through Fred D. Knapp, www.greenwichf­

In lieu of flowers, please send any donations to The First Presbyteri­an Church, 1 West Putnam Avenue, Greenwich, CT 06830.

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